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From creative features to music documentaries and festival favorites, Discover 13 must-see international films by women filmmakers to watch at the South By Southwest Film Festival 2016.

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Honky Tonk Heaven: Legend of the Broken Spoke
by Brenda Greene Mitchell & Sam Wainwright Douglas

The Broken Spoke has hosted country greats like George Strait, Willie Nelson, Ernest Tubb, Bob Wills, George Jones, and Roy Acuff. A profile of “the last of the true Texas dance halls” and the tenacious family keeping it alive amid rapid urban growth.

Directors: Brenda Greene Mitchell, Sam Wainwright Douglas
World Premiere – March 13, 15, 17, 18

Miss Sharon Jones! by Barbara Kopple


Dreams never expire, but sometimes they are deferred. Miss Sharon Jones! tracks the talented and gregarious soul singer of the Grammy-nominated R&B band Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings during the most challenging year of her life.

Director: Barbara Kopple
March 11, 15, 18

The Smart Studios Story by Wendy Schneider

From the outside Smart Studios looked like just another Midwestern warehouse left behind by the economic decline of the 1980s. No one could have guessed what was going on inside – and how it would soon change the sound of music forever.

Director: Wendy Schneider
World Premiere – March 16, 18


A diverse selection of International filmmaking talent, featuring innovative narratives, artful documentaries, premieres, festival favorites, and more.

Kill Me Please by Anita Rocha Da Silveira

KILL ME PLEASE Anita Rocha Da Silveira

After an encounter with death, she will do anything to make sure she’s alive.

Director: Anita Rocha Da Silveira
Brazil – U.S. Premiere – March 12, 13, 16, 18

Papagajka by Emma Rozanski

A stranger arrives in Sarajevo and barges into Damir’s reclusive world. Little by little she takes over his life. She absorbs his dreams, until finally she threaten his very existence.

Director/Screenwriter: Emma Rozanski
Cast: Adnan Omerovic, Susanna Cappellaro, Tina Kerserovic, Sabina Mrgan, Don Guido

Australia/UK – World Premiere – March 13, 14, 17

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Semana Santa by Alejandra Márquez Abella

Dali and her 8-year-old son Pepe take a vacation with Dali’s boyfriend, Chavez. Instead of bringing them closer, their beach holiday brings out things in each of them that threaten to pull this emerging family apart.

Director/Screenwriter: Alejandra Márquez Abella
Cast: Anajosé Aldrete, Tenoch Huerta, Esteban Ávila

Mexico – U.S. Premiere – March 13, 14, 17

UIO: Take me for a Ride by Micaela Rueda

How do you deal with being ‘different‘?

Director/Screenwriter: Micaela Rueda
Cast: Samanta Caicedo, María Juliana Rángel, Diego Naranjo, Paty Loor, Monserrat Astudillo, Miranda Zepeda, Anne Dominque Correa, Domenica Blanco, Ana Belén Bermeo

Colombia/Ecuador/Mexico – World Premiere – March 11, 13, 16

Yarn by Una Lorenzen, Thordur Jonsson & Heather Millard

International artists and knitters take a simple skein of yarn to create their extraordinary ideas and stories.

Directors: Una Lorenzen, Thordur Jonsson, Heather Millard
Screenwriters: Krishan Arora, Barbara Kingsolver

Iceland – North American Premiere – March 12, 13, 16


Acclaimed standouts and selected previous premieres from festivals around the world.

Directed by Kirsten Johnson

Cameraperson Directed by Kirsten Johnson

By exposing her role behind the camera, Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage that she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation into the power of the camera.

Director: Kirsten Johnson

March 11, 15, 16

Chevalier by Athina Rachel Tsangari

Six men on a fishing trip on a luxury yacht decide to play a game to compete. Things will be compared. Things will be measured. Songs will be butchered, blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals and rivals will become hungry.

Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Screenwriters: Efthimis Filippou, Athina Rachel Tsangari
Cast: Yorgos Kentros, Panos Koronis, Vangelis Mourikis, Makis Papadimitriou, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Sakis Rouvas

Greece – March 13, 14, 15, 19

Newtown directed by Kim A. Snyder

After joining the ranks of a growing club no one wants to belong to, the people of Newtown, Connecticut, weave an intimate story of resilience. This film traces the aftermath of the worst mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history as the traumatized community finds a new sense of purpose.

Directed by Kim A. Snyder

March 13, 15, 16

Trapped directed by Dawn Porter

American abortion clinics are in a fight for survival. Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws are increasingly being passed by states that maintain they ensure women’s safety and health, but as clinics continue to shut their doors, opponents believe the real purpose of these laws is to outlaw abortion.

Directed by Dawn Porter
Cast: Marva Sadler, Willie Parker MD, Nancy Northup, Dalton Johnson, Gloria Gray, June Ayers

U.S.A. – March 11, 12, 18

Richard Linklater – dream is destiny
co-directed by Karen Bernstein

This is an unconventional look at a fiercely independent style of filmmaking that arose in the 1990s from Austin, Texas, outside the studio system. The film blends rare archival footage with journals, exclusive interviews with Linklater on and off set, and clips from Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Boyhood, and more.

Directed by Karen Bernstein & Louis Black
U.S.A — March 11, 12, 15, 18

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