Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers - Where Are My Children?

Directed by Mabel Normand, Grace Cunard, Dorothy Davenport Reid, Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber, and Helen Holmes
Year: 2018

The top money-maker for Universal in 1916, WHERE ARE MY CHILDREN? is one of two films Lois Weber wrote and directed on birth control and abortion at the height of Margaret Sanger's famous campaign to legalize contraception. There is no surviving print of the second film, THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, where Weber plays a birth control advocate clearly modeled on Sanger. In WHERE ARE MY CHILDREN? the case for legalized family planning is complicated by a eugenics argument that vilifies wealthy white women for having repeated abortions. Even still, the film remains a fascinating example of how Weber engaged complex contemporary social issues in popular narrative films.

"A corrective to our collective amnesia. A thrilling look at the variety of films made by women, most before they won the right to vote."

"Provides a rare opportunity to see some of the greatest films helmed by early Hollywood’s intrepid women... filling in the blanks of the past and reclaiming the medium’s forgotten stories."

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" essential piece of film history, and engaging viewing besides."

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" of the most important disc sets of 2018, and it's the perfect gift for the serious cinephile."

Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber, Helen Holmes, Mabel Normand, Grace Cunard and Dorothy Davenport Reid