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IRIS (women + film) presents
This selection of “home travelogues”—amateur films shot by women in the 1920s-40s—were never intended for public consumption. But Courtney Stephens discovered them and realized that the films, by a divorcee on a tour of biblical gardens, or a widow on a chartered cruise to the North Pole, revealed a different world than the one most of us see on screen. Stephens brings these accidental ethnographic films together with performative elements, offering biographical information about the filmmakers, a historical context for the films and a celebration of the power of travel as a form of freedom.
“An unforgettable cinematic experience … an absolutely riveting adventure.” –POV Magazine