PRINT September 1972

Report: The First Festival of Women’s Films

The free woman is just being born; when she has won possession of herself perhaps Rimbaud’s prophecy will be fulfilled: "There shall be poets! When woman’s unmeasured bondage shall be broken, when she shall live for and through herself, man—hitherto detestable—having let her go, she too, will be poet! Woman will find her unknown! Will her ideational worlds be different from ours? She will come upon strange unfathomable, repellent, delightful things; we shall take them, we shall comprehend them.”

—Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex, 1949

THE FIRST FESTIVAL OF Women’s Films took place at the Fifth Avenue Cinema this past June in New York. Even film scholars were amazed to discover that there were, in fact, three weeks’s worth of film directed by women in existence. And why not? That most modern of art forms, that most technological form, wedded more than any of her to the economics of its

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