Seeing Is Believing: Women Direct
“Seeing Is Believing” is an in-depth investigation into the challenges faced by women directors. The film focuses on the journeys of four articulate filmmakers — Lesli Linka Glatter (“Homeland”), Sarah Gavron (“Suffragette”), Li Lu (“There Is a New World Somewhere”), and Naima Ramos-Chapman (“And Nothing Happened”) — who provide a wonderful mix of perspectives. The film’s central subjects are honest without complaining, direct without blaming, and optimistic about change. They share valuable insights into how they became directors and discuss what steps are required to ensure more women are given the opportunity to work at the highest levels of the film industry. Other women directors — and even a few men — contribute perceptive commentary, and the film illustrates its points with well-chosen clips. Periodic person-on-the-street interviews prove all too revealing when the film asks, "Who's your favorite woman director and why?” One student replies: “Bigelow, because I don't know anyone else. But I like her.” Packing an immense amount of information into its brisk hourlong running time, “Seeing Is Believing” also offers a brief history of women in film, acknowledging such pioneers as Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber, and Dorothy Arzner.