Her Lens, His Story: Female Directors and Mascultinities

In 2021, women are still fighting to pave their way and receive recognition as talented film makers in a male dominated industry. Last year the Barbican programmed the cinematic event, Her Lens: His Story in association with the Barbican Art Gallery exhibition “Masculinities: Liberation through Photography”.

The series of screenings was described as an invitation to...

‘Explore complex, revealing and often provocative takes on men and masculinity, as seen through the lens of female filmmakers around the world'

Featuring a wide range of films from the UK, Norway, the Soviet Union, Argentina, Australia, Afghanistan and Japan, this film season shows how great female directors have reversed the traditional male-female gaze to give the audience an exciting view on male characters across multiple genres, including film noirs, melodramas, comedies and war movies.

Directors featured in this season include Edith Carlmar, Destiny Ekaragha, Kinuyo Tanaka, Larisa Shepitko and Shahrbanoo Sadat, many of which are very rarely screened in the UK and offer interesting and insightful depictions of its male characters. The various films are from 1949 to 2019. The 'screen notes' from this event are now available to explore online with photographs, clips and information about the groundbreaking female directors which feature in this exhibition.

Thumbnail Image Kinuyo Tinaka © Barbican