Women: a success story

This liberating tale for a new generation documents the great advance made by women over the past 100 years and celebrates women as equals in the West today. A far cry from contemporary concerns that the world is awash with predators, misogyny and bias, over forty engaging women give us a fresh perspective, tell us we have nothing to fear and can do anything. From across the generations, they share their life stories, what they overcame and what’s changed. Interwoven with original archive we learn of women in the cotton mills, life during the war, the 1984 Miners strike, from outdoor loos, terry nappies and illegal abortions to pre-marital sex, freedom and making it in what was once a man’s world.

  • Ceri Dingle
  • Marisa Pereira
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 45 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 10, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Shooting Format:
    4K, HD 1080p & SD archive
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Battle of Ideas Festival at the Barbican
    October 14, 2018
    Launch screening
Distribution Information
  • Worldwrite
    Country: United Kingdom
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Ceri Dingle

Ceri Dingle is Director of WORLDwrite, a youth education charity which became known for its internationalism and campaigning slogan ‘Ferraris for all’. WORLDwrite campaigns for change using film and video through its online Citizen TV channel WORLDbytes.

Ceri set up WORLDwrite in 1994 and a free TV and film training facility for young people in 2008. She has assisted over 3,000 young people to produce over 1,000 challenging programmes in the past 10 years. She directed a series of five documentaries entitled Pricking the Missionary Position shot in Ghana, West Africa, and directed the film Sylvia Pankhurst: Everything is Possible on the lesser known suffragette heroine. Ceri co-directed WORLDwrite’s award winning film Every Cook Can Govern on the life and works of C.L.R James, which, completed in 2016 was made with over 200 volunteers. Before directing and editing the charity’s latest epic documentary on women, Ceri directed and edited 1917: Why the Russian Revolution matters to mark the Centenary of the revolution in 2017.

Before venturing into film Ceri toured young people across the globe, from the heart of the Amazon rain forest, to life with the families of Hiroshima bomb victims in Japan.

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Director Statement

It was refreshing to make a film with and about women across the generations from such diverse backgrounds. These are robust female role models with many wise words that can help liberate a younger generation from today's 'victim culture'. They are all in their own way both representative of the huge strides we have made and are change makers. It was exciting too, to interweave some of the often hilarious public information footage, that helps provide context. I wanted to cover all stages of a woman’s life from growing up to dating, sex, education, work, having kids, housework and so on and then show within each of life’s stages what life was like in the past to highlight what’s changed. It is illuminating too and I think in fact more the norm than many make out, that these women see men as their allies not their enemies.
I worked with over 100 volunteers to make this film, many were learning to shoot 'on the job' it would not have been possible without what was a tremendous collective effort. We are indebted to all the women who contributed their life stories too, they are all stars in this film.