The Women in Film club explores women’s roles in the film industry



The Women In Film Club discusses the various roles of women in modern movies and television shows.

A little kid watching “Frozen” for the first time might not be able to fully understand the movie’s impact on society. With their attention fixed on Elsa singing “Let It Go” and Olaf’s jokes, it’s unlikely that kids are watching “Frozen” through a gender equality lens.

The Women in Film Club investigates the film industry’s role in women’s equality. Through analyzing the industry, members discover their place in the relationship between gender justice and filmmaking.

Club meetings started on Oct. 14, and they will meet every Thursday. Students interested in the club can sign up to the email list without making a formal commitment.

Club meetings include listening to guest speakers, discussing personal experiences and writing screenplays; however, the club will mainly watch film clips. Some of the films include Frozen, Little Women, American Psycho and other female-directed movies.

Members focus on the ways various characters within specific films portray women and how the director’s identity might impact these choices.

Club founders, juniors Naama Tomer and Annabelle Gardner, wanted to create a community based on their shared passions. Although the club focuses on women, anybody is welcome to join, no matter their identity.

“We thought that if we are both interested in it, there have to be other people interested in it too, so why not create a club where we can all talk about it and grow together,” Gardner said.

Gardner used her mother, an educational producer and documentary filmmaker, as inspiration for this club.

“My mom has been an example for me as someone who knows about the film industry and also identifies as a woman,” Gardner said.

Gardner and Tomer took their idea and made it a reality. They sought to educate themselves and others around them by providing resources. Drawing from their own experiences, Gardner and Tomer will share common childhood films but invite members to examine them with a new purpose.

“All ages are welcome. Since you group up with television and media at such young ages, you are taking in the same information, but we can now look at it deeper,” Tomer said.

After watching clips, Tomer and Gardner will lead members through discussions. They will provide opportunities for members to share personal experiences that relate to the discussion.

To help them delve into films deeper, Gardner and Tomer asked the high school’s film teacher, Thato MwosaWomenInFilmLogo, to be their club advisor. Mwosa writes and shoots films about racial and gender injustices. As a woman in film, Mwosa appreciates the concept of this club.

“A club like this is definitely needed at a high school level and even at the college level,” Mwosa continued. “We need younger women to get involved as early as possible. This allows for opportunities to get to know the industry and study with other females. If they do decide to go into filmmaking, they’ll know the reality of being a woman in film.”

Based on her own experiences, Mwosa understands the reality of being a woman in the film industry. She acknowledges that the inequality is daunting but gives advice to club members about ways to navigate it.

“We read stories about the struggles of women in film, and some people choose not to pursue it based on what they hear,” Mwosa said. “You have control of what you want to say and put out there. Make the film that you don’t see being made and don’t wait for permission.”