Women Defying Boundaries

We dare you to find a more diverse collection of documentaries about women.
1. Suzi QAustraliaDocumentary1 Hour 40 Mins

In 1973, Suzi Quatro became the first woman to front a rock band and have international hits. Since then, she’s paved the way for bands like Blondie and The Runaways. This is her incredible story. Featuring Joan Jett, Alice Cooper, and Henry Winkler.

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2. She's the TicketUnited StatesDocumentary7 SN | 6 EPS

Since the election of Donald Trump, there’s been a new wave of women running for political office. We follow five female candidates who are jumping into everything from gubernatorial showdowns to city-council races, getting inside the fascinating, difficult, and inspiring process of campaigning.

3. Blessed ChildUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 17 Mins

What’s it like growing up in a cult alongside your family? Through extraordinary personal footage, filmmaker Cara Jones takes us inside Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church as she grapples with leaving her parents behind with the cult.

4. GloriaUnited StatesDocumentary4 Mins

The woman featured in one of the most iconic protest images of the 20th century didn’t end up staring down a bayonet by accident: Maryland resident Gloria Richardson was an impassioned leader of the civil rights movement, and an inspiration to people like Malcolm X.

5. Martha: A Picture StoryAustraliaDocumentary1 Hour 22 Mins

In the 1970s, Martha Cooper ran through New York City with masked graffiti crews for her debut book, “Subway Art.” Now, 30 years later, the tiny, gray-haired photographer has become an unexpected icon of the street art movement.

6. Miriam's Big American AdventureUnited KingdomDocumentary3 SN | 3 EPS

Miriam Margolyes embarks on an epic road trip through the heartlands of America with her unique mix of charm and curiosity. She is heading almost a thousand miles from Chicago to New Orleans and along the way meeting the people whose voices are reshaping the nation. From summer camps to county jails and all girl motorbike gangs to a citizenship ceremony, the funny and honest Miriam embeds in communities whose visions of their own country challenge everything she thought she knew about America.

7. Bronx GothicUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 33 Mins

From director Andrew Rossi comes an electrifying portrait of writer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili and her acclaimed one-woman show "Bronx Gothic." Rooted in memories of her childhood, Okwui fuses dance, song, drama and comedy to create a mesmerizing space in which audiences can engage with a story about two 12-year-old black girls coming of age in the 1980s. With vérité access to Okwui and her audiences off the stage, Bronx Gothic allows for unparalleled insight into her creative process.

8. She ShearsUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 20 Mins

Meet the badass women of competitive sheep shearing—a world that isn’t split by gender, just by skill. For five New Zealand women, the Golden Shears championship is their Holy Grail. This doc tells their stories of passion, purpose and “shear” will.

9. Kate Plays ChristineUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 52 Mins

A gripping nonfiction thriller, Robert Greene’s KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE follows actress Kate Lyn Sheil as she prepares for her next role: playing Christine Chubbuck, a Florida newscaster who committed a shocking act on live television in 1974. As Kate investigates Chubbuck’s story, she becomes increasingly obsessed with her Cast. Winner of a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, this is a cinematic mystery that forces us to question everything we see and everything are led to believe.

10. Janis: Little Girl BlueUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 43 Mins

Through electrifying archival footage, exclusive interviews and rare personal letters, this documentary examines the meteoric rise and untimely fall of one of the most iconic and influential rock ‘n’ roll singers of all time: Janis Joplin. This award-winning documentary is directed by Oscar-nominee Amy Berg, produced by Oscar-winner Alex Gibney and features legendary musicians.

11. The AscendantsUnited StatesDocumentary1 SN | 4 EPS

An intimate look at four rising musicians from Chicago and the common issues that young Black women artists have to overcome both in a male-dominated music industry and a marginalizing society, from racism to physical expectations to sexual trauma.

12. Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial KillerUnited KingdomDocumentary1 Hour 33 Mins

AILEEN: LIFE AND DEATH OF A SERIAL KILLER looks at notorious female serial killer Aileen Wuornos’ violent, tortured childhood in Troy, Michigan and her subsequent years on the road as a hitch-hiking sex worker which culminated in the murders. In her last interview before her 2002 execution, conducted by Broomfield at Aileen’s request, she said she believed her mind was being controlled by radio waves.

13. Southwest of SalemUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 31 Mins

After being wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls during the Satanic Panic witchhunt of the 80s and 90s, four Latina lesbians fight against mythology, homophobia, and prosecutorial fervor in this now-classic gay rights 'True Crime' tale that helped exonerate the 'San Antonio Four'. The film received a Peabody Award, a GLAAD award for 'Outstanding Documentary', and a Critic's Choice Award for 'Best First Feature'.

14. Who Took The Bomp: Le Tigre On TourUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 12 Mins

Follows iconic feminist electronic band Le Tigre on their 2004-2005 international tour across four continents and ten countries. Led by outspoken Riot Grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill), Le Tigre confronts sexism and homophobia in the music industry while tearing up the stage via performance art poetics, no-holds-barred lyrics, punk rock ethos, and whip-smart wit in this edgy and entertaining documentary that features never before seen live performances and revealing backstage footage.

15. Penny Slinger: Out of the ShadowsUnited KingdomDocumentary1 Hour 34 Mins

The untold story of feminist surrealist artist Penny Slinger and the traumatic events that led to her masterpiece, “An Exorcism.” Inspired by 1960s counterculture, Slinger embraced personal freedom and sexual liberation in her groundbreaking art.

16. Towards MathildeFranceDocumentary1 Hour 23 Mins

Fom filmmaker Claire Denis (Beau Travail, 35 Shots of Rum, Let the Sunshine In), comes a documentary portrait par excellence. At its center is Mathilde Monnier, whose title as head of the Montpellier National Centre for Choreography sends her and an elite group of dancers through demanding performance pieces, each captured on sumptuous 8 and 16mm images by cinematographers Agnès Godard and Hélène Louvart. Released in the U.S. for the first time, this is a singular work among Denis’ oeuvre.

17. Worlds of Ursula K. Le GuinUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 9 Mins

Produced over the course of a decade, this documentary is a visual journey through the work of renowned fantasy and sci-fi writer Ursula K. Le Guin’s as she comes into her own as a feminist author, inspiring other marginalized writers along the way.

18. ActressUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 28 Mins

She had a plum role on “The Wire,” but she gave it up to start a family. In this intimate portrait, actress Brandy Burre tries to juggle her ambitions with domestic life and determine what her most important role is: mother, wife, or actress?

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