Why women-made travel films and documentaries are so crucial to the travel media industry is perhaps so indisputable that the conversation feels somewhat played out. But unfortunately, the number of female producers, directors, and filmmakers pales in comparison to their male counterparts. This disparity and underrepresentation in our industry is not only fundamentally wrong, but it also unavoidably means that story selection and the frame through which these stories are told come from a very narrow perspective.
To work with a limited range of contributors is not only a missed opportunity, but it can be boring. It is essential to diversify the voices of the creators that guide our storytelling in order to provide a fresh perspective and ensure representation. Matador Network is dedicated to elevating the voices of women behind the camera. Our team at Matador Studies, our in-house film production team, includes powerhouse women who lend their voices to our content.
We reached out to our female colleagues, those who have successfully navigated their way into the video media industry, to ask them what their favorite women-made films and documentaries are. Below are those that made the cut.
13th, directed by Ava DuVernay (2016)
“Ava takes a