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Several films in this year's Milwaukee Film Festival highlight the challenges women face in fighting stigmas and making their voices heard. The female filmmakers telling these stories and more have worked through similar challenges in the film industry, which still places barriers in front of women seeking opportunity and equity.

Our Women in Film showcase, presented by Live Wire Productions, is part of our efforts to empower and celebrate women in film - breaking down those barriers by elevating the work of female filmmakers.

For 2020, we're proud to announce that 34 feature films in the MFF have been directed or co-directed by women. Beyond the numbers, the quality and power of these films are incredible, and we hope you watch as many as you can before MFF concludes on Oct. 29.

UPDATE: Take a look at the list of female-directed short films in MFF!

Here are the MFF feature films in our 2020 Women in Film showcase:

Dir. Catherine Gund

Ahead of the Curve
Dir. Jen Rainin

Dir. Frederike Migom

Coded Bias
Dir. Shalini Kantayya

Coming Clean
Dir. Ondi Timoner

Dir. Marnie Ellen Hertzler

Dark City: Beneath The Beat
Dir. TT The Artist

Down a Dark Stairwell
Dir. Ursula Liang

Farewell Amor
Dir. Ekwa Msangi

Finding Yingying
Dir. Jiayan "Jenny" Shi

Golden Arm
Dir. Maureen Bharoocha

Growing Up Milwaukee
Dir. Tyshun Wardlaw

I Used to Go Here
Dir. Kris Rey

Identifying Features
Dir. Fernanda Valadez

Dir. Zoé Wittock

Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story
Dir. Posy Dixon

Dir. Myriam Verreault

La Mami
Dir. Laura Herrero Garvin

Dir. Cecilia Aldarondo

Made in Bangladesh
Dir. Rubaiyat Hossain

Marona's Fantastic Tale
Dir. Anca Damian

Dir. Jo Ardinger

Dir. Kristin Peterson

River City Drumbeat
Dir. Anne Flatté

STAGE: The Culinary Internship
Dir. Abby Ainsworth

Dir. Olivia Peace

Test Pattern
Dir. Shatara Michelle Ford

The Dilemma of Desire
Dir. Maria Finitzo

The Disrupted
Dir. Sarah Colt

The Donut King
Dir. Alice Gu

The Perfect Candidate
Dir. Haifaa Al Mansour

Dir. Ashley O'Shay

Us Kids
Dir. Kim A. Snyder

Welcome to the USA
Dir. Assel Aushakimova

Posted by: Tom Fuchs