Women and Girls Lead presents an online exclusive premiere of Through Her Lens, a collection of dramatic short films exploring international stories and content about women and made by women. Through Her Lens explores social issues facing women and girls worldwide through a character driven-narrative.
About the Films
Not Another Word Written & directed by Cherien Dabis Inside a Middle Eastern home, three generations of women in a family conflict over their plans for the future of granddaughter Lama, who refuses to get married.
Good Country People Written & directed by Tanya Hamilton Spanish Town, Jamaica, is one of the island's oldest and poorest rural communities - it is also a war zone, where ordinary residents are pawns in a chess game between politicians and gangsters -- a violent war for the hearts, minds and votes of the local electorate. Amidst this backdrop, Blossom Edwards is forced to take over for her Uncle as the family's primary breadwinner by driving his taxi cab, exposing her to the dangerous circumstances brought on by the impending election.
Half of Her Written & directed by Paola Mendoza Life on a fourth floor tenement building in New York City's Chinatown is invasively communal. Chinese immigrants live in a loft that has been divided into blocks of cubicles barely wider than a mattress. Here a very pregnant Mei struggles alone to safely give birth to her child. The child is born safely, but when the father returns home to discover that the baby is a girl, he tries to force Mei to abandon her.