18 WMM Films and Filmmakers Are Eligible for Best Documentary for the 2024 Academy Awards!

We are thrilled that so many films from both our programs and our alum are eligible for Best Documentary in the 2024 Academy Awards. Don’t miss these wonderful films!

BYE BYE TIBERIAS
Directed by  Lina Soualem
A Women Make Movies Release
Hiam Abbass departs from her Palestinian village to chase her dream of acting, parting ways with her mother, grandmother, and sisters. Learn more. 

 

RAZING LIBERTY SQUARE
Directed by Katja Esson
A Women Make Movies Release
Eight miles inland of Miami’s beaches, Liberty City residents fight to save the community from climate gentrification: their land, sitting on a ridge, become real estate gold. Learn more.

 

LITTLE RICHARD: I AM EVERYTHING
Directed by Lisa Cortés
Made with the support of WMM’s Production Assistance Program
Little Richard’s life, oscillating between religion, sex, and rock ‘n’ roll, is vividly brought to life through archival treasures, showcasing a revolutionary figure who redefined popular music as the pinnacle of self-expression. Learn more

 

INVISIBLE BEAUTY
Directed by Bethann Hardison, Frédéric Tcheng
Made with the support of WMM’s Production Assistance Program
Fashion revolutionary Bethann Hardison looks back on her journey as a pioneering Black model, modeling agent, and activist. Learn more

 

TO KILL A TIGER
Directed by Nisha Pahuja
Made with the support of WMM’s Production Assistance Program
Indian farmer Ranjit takes on the fight of his life when he demands justice for his 13-year-old daughter, the victim of a brutal gang rape. Learn more

 

GOING TO MARS: THE NIKKI GIOVANNI PROJECT
Directed by Michèle Stephenson, Joe Brewster
Made with the support of WMM’s Production Assistance Program
This examination presents the life of poet Nikki Giovanni, highlighting the transformative periods she has chronicled in her work, from Civil Rights to the Black Lives Matter movement. Learn more

 

TWICE COLONIZED
Directed by Lin Alluna
Made with the support of WMM’s Production Assistance Program
Renowned Inuit lawyer Aaju Peter who has led a lifelong fight for the rights of her people. When her youngest son unexpectedly passes away, Aaju embarks on a personal journey to bring her colonizers in both Canada and Denmark to justice. Learn more

 

1946: THE MISTRANSLATION OF CULTURE
Directed by Sharon Roggio Made with the support of WMM’s Production Assistance Program
Academic pursuit fueled by theology, history, culture, and politics uncovers a Biblical misinterpretation that sparked the anti-gay sentiment among Christians. This fervent scholarly journey reveals previously undiscovered archives at Yale University. Learn more

 

JOONAM
Directed by Sierra Urich
Made with the support of WMM’s Production Assistance Program
Motivated by a family recollection and years of disconnection from her mother’s homeland, a young filmmaker explores the intricate histories of her mother and grandmother and her own fragmented Iranian identity. Learn more

 

PACIFIC MOTHER
Directed by Katherine McRae
Made with the support of WMM’s Production Assistance Program
An exploration and connection of maternity with Pacific Ocean women, revealing traditional birthing practices and their link to planetary care. Learn more

 

EAT BITTER
Directed by Pascale Appora-Gnekindy and Ningyi Sun
Made with the support of WMM’s Production Assistance Program
Amid the Central African Republic’s civil war, a Chinese construction manager and African laborer struggle with their jobs, relationships, and aspirations while racing to complete a new bank amid looming deadlines and unforeseen challenges. Learn more

 

The following new films from WMM program alum and filmmakers are also eligible:

  • YOU WERE MY FIRST BOYFRIEND (dir. Cecilia Aldarondo)
  • REALITY WINNER (dir. Sonia Kennebeck)
  • THE LADY BIRD DIARIES (dir. Dawn Porter)
  • VICTIM/SUSPECT (dir. Nancy Schwartzman)
  • THE ECHO (dir. Tatiana Huezo)
  • AGAINST THE TIDE (dir. Sarvnik Kaur)
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