Maya Montañez Smukler


Voted for

Working Girls1931Dorothy Arzner
The Bigamist1953Ida Lupino
ONNA BAKARI NO YORU1962Kinuyo Tanaka
One Way or Another1977Sara Gómez
Born in Flames 1983Lizzie Borden
Desperately Seeking Susan1985Susan Seidelman
The Piano1992Jane Campion
The Watermelon Woman1997Cheryl Dunye
Monsoon Wedding2001Mira Nair
Things behind the Sun2001Allison Anders


The camaraderie, the marriage, the reputation, the romance, the revolution, the city, the mother and daughter, the historian, the bride, and the music. These films have meant so much to me and I return to them often. Some – thanks to recent preservation and access efforts – are new favourites. The creative vision and artistic range of these filmmakers keep me curious, challenged and watching.