No Man's Land is a film about women, by women, for all. It’s the first time in history that an all-female film crew documents and explores the lives of women-led communities around the world -- and this comes as no small feat, as the number of women behind the camera remains stagnant. Entirely original in concept and execution, the documentary series will share the stories of women from different continents, who come together from different struggles, yet all share one thing
in common: a fierce bond and ability
to raise each other up.
Only six miles outside of touristic Cartagena, Colombia, there is a small, colorful town that women from all over the country — those displaced, abused, violated — can call their own. It’s a bold response to years of oppression and violence, tradition and unruly machismo. Two blocks long and nearly 100 homes, “La Ciudad de las Mujeres” is more than just a safe place, it’s a feat. The women themselves dug the earth, mixed the cement, raised the walls, laid down the streets and planted the gardens of their new home. In the years since they’ve rejected the patriarchy, these women have taken back what was stolen from them in the war: their dignity.
In Kenya, women who had survived rape, beatings, and abuse from British soldiers escaped the scorn of their own societies and created a village called Umoja, or “unity.” Here, for a little over two decades women have become emerging voices for gender equality across the country. Across the Atlantic, nestled in a mountain ridge in Alabama, the community of Alapine stands out as a haven for hundreds of lesbian womyn. For decades, they have lead quiet lives far from men and marginalization in the rustic belt, and across the nation.
This three-part documentary series seeks to explore these three communities and how, despite persistent and oftentimes life-threatening setbacks, they continue to survive. It will capture the rebellious spirit of these trailblazers and answer what inspired them to create these parallel societies in the first place. Finally, it will posit the question: what does the future look like for these communities as they struggle to stay vital in a new generation?
This project comes during a moment in time when women around the world are beginning to stand up for their rights. The series aims to tell the stories of those who, some could say, were the first in their communities to cry out and say “enough”; the first to create a space they could call “home.” Because these women live insular lives, it’s important to highlight their voices now; to remember their stories, their lessons, their struggles.
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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Last updated: Jul. 11, 2018