Silver Screen

    From Anita To Afghanistan

    This summer promises a bumper crop of women's documentaries at three upcoming film festivals. Nina Strochlic reports.

    Few things benefit a documentary more than a powerful female character spitting back in the face of opposition. There’s no shortage of that this month, with three major summer film festivals debuting strong women for the silver screen: the Human Rights Film Festival (June 13-23, New York), the AFI Docs (June 19-23, Washington DC and Maryland), and the AMFM Fest (June 13-16, Coachella Valley, CA). Their films feature girls in the slums of Kenya striving to make it in the fashion world, a young musician returning to Afghanistan, an Indian poetess confined for 25 years, and an idealistic young lawyer challenging a powerful Supreme Court nominee. These are our picks for the best women-oriented documentaries to keep an eye on.