On Tuesday February 4th at 4pm, New York's MoMA presents a screening of our classic short Women’s Voices: The Gender Gap Movie as part of their series Carte Blanche: Women’s Film Preservation Fund—Women Writing the Language of Cinema.
Produced in 1984 when the contest between incumbent president Ronald Reagan and Democratic challenger Walter Mondale betrayed a difference in the voting patterns of men and women, The Gender Gap reveals the women behind the numbers. Featuring interviews with a diverse group of women, the film focuses on the different priorities compelling them to vote – concerns over social programs, healthcare, fair compensation, and military intervention.
Directed by Jenny Rohrer and co-produced by Rohrer and Nancy Meyer, The Gender Gap combines testimony by a diverse group of women discussing the issues that matter to them with satirical animated scenes added by cartoonist Nicole Hollander, creator of the comic strip Sylvia, and animated by Ron Crawford and Sydney Crawford. The 16mm film was restored in 2011 thanks to support from NYWIFT’s Women’s Film Preservation Fund.
Women’s Voices: The Gender Gap Movie
1984. USA. Directed by Jenny Rohrer. This collaborative documentary explores the growing difference in voting patterns between men and women (the gender gap) in the mid-1980s. Women’s Voices: The Gender Gap Movie is the result of a collective filmmaking process at a time when women were underrepresented in film production. Preserved with support from NYWIFT’s Women’s Film Preservation Fund. 16 min.
Las Madres: The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo
1946. USA. Directed by Susana Muñoz, Lourdes Portillo. This Academy Award–nominated documentary follows a group of Argentine mothers who struggle to discover the fate of thousands of their abducted children. Their relentless demonstrations were a catalyst that helped topple a dictatorship. In Spanish; English subtitles. Preserved with support from NYWIFT’s Women’s Film Preservation Fund. In Spanish; English subtitles. 64 min.
We made Women’s Voices: The Gender Gap Movie available to watch via YouTube in 2012.
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