Feminine mystique: Rewriting the female narrative in Terra Femme and Sava

This year’s 20th DokuFest offered over 200 films from all around the world across its 19 sections. These sections consisted of films focusing on human rights, the environment, and life in Balkan countries. Even though the festival took a hybrid form, the main venue was in the city of Prizren. There was a special non-competitive section «Terra Femme» focused on films about women’s points of view and their optics of looking at the world around us (either through women in front of the camera or ones behind it). However, the space for hearing the women’s voices loud and clear, bringing a different perspective, and finding a close connection with nature was explored in several films across sections.

Terra Femme, a film by Courtney Stephens
Terra Femme, a film by Courtney Stephens

Terra Femme

The «Terra Femme» section is emblematically titled after the eponymous film by the American director Courtney Stephens. In this film, the author dives into archive footage of amateur travelogues between the second and the fourth decade of the last century shot . . .

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