Carly Mattox


Voted for

The Gleaners and I2000Agnès Varda
Paris Is Burning1990Jennie Livingston
Harlan County, USA1976Barbara Kopple
Ritual in Transfigured Time1946Maya Deren
I Am the One Who Brings Flowers to Her Grave2006Hala Alabdalla, Amma Al-Beik
I Am Somebody1970Madeline Anderson
Down and out in America1985Lee Grant
News from Home1976Chantal Akerman
A Night of Knowing Nothing2021Payal Kapadia
The Hottest August2019Brett Story


I was asked to participate in this year's poll as I've spent the last eight months working with the Sight & Sound team, the first three of which were spent as a placement for my Masters' degree. Therefore, I feel I have a somewhat privileged position; many invitations arrive in voters' inboxes as a significant milestone in their career, a symbol of their important contributions to discourse, while I have only just embarked on this adventure into the industry.

In order to use this privilege wisely, to wield my power for good, I want to vote for films which I feel are underrepresented in previous iterations of the list; in my case, I spent my undergraduate career studying journalism and therefore documentary is a genre I know intimately. It has a unique capacity to change the world by holding a mirror up to society. There is an accessibility to the genre, as crews tend to be small and budgets tend to be low, and therefore there are many female documentarians who've made their mark on the genre, and on the world. These are the filmmakers I want to shine a spotlight on with my list.