Who Does She Think She Is? Documents the Everywoman Home/Work Struggle


Directed by Pamela Boll
Opens October 17, Angelika

Pamela Boll's documentary—about five women who heeded their instinctual desire to make art over the fears and protests of their families—is also a call to arms: Rise up, ladies, with those chisels and paintbrushes and pens! Varied in birthplaces and backgrounds, these woman all grapple with the same dilemmas: how to nurture others (husbands, children) without destroying the best part of themselves (otherwise known as: I'd rather be in the studio than the kitchen). The film could have been about any woman's home/work struggle—it arrives in theaters a week after the publication of a study that shows schools are loath to acknowledge and promote women with mathematic proficiency—but by limiting herself to an actor, a painter, sculptors, and a printmaker, Boll gives herself plenty to work with; when the stories drag, and they occasionally do, the art's there to inspire and uplift.


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