as part of Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers
Part of our Pioneers: Women Filmmakers series.
In the Wild West days of early filmmaking—before Hollywood hardened into an assembly-line behemoth and boys’ club—talented women worked regularly as writers, producers, and directors, instrumental in shaping the very language of cinema as we know it. Nevertheless, figures like Alice Guy Blaché and Lois Weber are known today primarily by aficionados, and artists like Nell Shipman, Grace Cunard, and Marion E. Wong remain woefully obscure. Bringing together dozens of essential new restorations, this series spotlights the daring, innovative, and trailblazing work of the first female filmmakers and restores their centrality to the creation of cinema itself.
WHERE ARE MY CHILDREN
Directed by Lois Weber / 1916 / 65 min.
Recorded music by Maude Nelissen
The controversial drama is a frank and, for its time, surprisingly risky look at abortion, birth control and sexuality that weds Weber’s innovative cinematic style to an impassioned (though now surprisingly retrograde) sociopolitical statement.