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Celebrate Women in Cinema for Women’s History Month

Published: March 1, 2023  |  Filed under: Festival News

Each year at the Chicago International Film Festival we celebrate leading women filmmakers and exciting new voices in our Women in Cinema program. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re excited to spotlight a selection of films from last year’s program which are now available to stream from home.

Additionally, we’re thrilled to co-present free screening of Festival award winner Saint Omer in partnership with Alliance Francaise on Wednesday, March 8 at 6:30pm for International Women’s Day! This screening will feature a talk back with film critic Nick Davis. RSVP now and see our Women in Cinema streaming selections below!


Director: Alice Diop

In this profound character study, a novelist observes the trial of a Senegalese woman accused of infanticide—a crime she admits to having committing yet maintains her innocence.

Screening Details:
Playing at the Alliance Francaise on March 8, presented by the Chicago International Film Festival. RSVP now!


Director: Carla Simón

In this absorbing family drama, a close-knit clan is plunged into crisis when the land they have farmed for decades is sold to developers.

Screening Details:
Now streaming on MUBI.


Director: Laura Poitras

This compelling personal history chronicles Goldin’s tragedies and triumphs, as she uses her position as an artist and disrupter to affect cultural and political change.

Screening Details:
Available to stream starting March 19 on HBO Max.


Directors: Erika Alexander & Whitney Dow

An inspiring look at rookie Alderman Robin Rue Simmons’ fight to redress the wrongs of “redlining” and the legacy of slavery through a groundbreaking reparations program in Evanston, Illinois.

Screening Details:
Now streaming through WTTW.


Director: Lila Neugebauer

In this intimate drama, Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence stars as a soldier struggling to adjust to her life after returning home to New Orleans.

Screening Details:
Now streaming on Apple TV+.


Director: Marie Kreutzer

Vicky Krieps delivers a tour-de-force performance as Austria’s Empress Elisabeth in a bold and timely revisionist costume drama.

Screening Details:
Available to stream starting March 10 on AMC+.


Director: Martika Ramirez Escobar

When an aging action screenwriter is knocked into a coma by a falling television, she becomes trapped in one of her unfinished scripts and must find a way to complete the story while still unconscious.

Screening Details:
Now available on VOD.


Director: Nikyatu Jusu

In a stunning performance, Festival Rising Star Award recipient Anna Diop plays a Senegalese nanny increasingly haunted by the absence of the young son she left behind.

Screening Details:
Now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

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