IN-EDIT NL 2022 rolls out its titles for the fourth edition, running 1 – 10 April in Amsterdam before a country-wide cinema tour. This year, the programme looks at the diversity of perspective and voice, with films covering multiple genres, coming from locations around the world. Among those are several films that offer strong female protagonists, talented directors, or both.

Here, we look at four of our announced films that put female perspectives in the center stage, either as protagonist or director. Each covers the trials, tribulations, and successes of female artists in the country, electronic, rock, and more.

Crestone

Crestone
2020 | USA | Marnie Ellen Hertzler | 73 min – European Premiere
American Director Marnie Ellen Hertzler paints a mind-blowing portrait of young artists in isolation, and its effect on their personas and music. By following Soundcloud rappers Animal Collective as they isolate themselves in the barren Colorado desert, Hertzler’s camera transcends a simple artist profile. Rather, painting a larger picture of spirituality’s hold on young, disenchanted American youth—for better, or worse…

Fanny: The Right to Rock

Fanny The Right to Rock
2021 | Canada | Bobbi Jo Hart | 96 min – Dutch Premiere
reuniting some 50 years after their debut LP, Fanny: The Right to Rock looks at the first all-female rock group to release on a major label. Started by two Filipina-American sisters back in the 1960s, Fanny soon morphed into a band who counted non-other than David Bowie as a super fan. But, after 5 albums, Fanny has been largely written out of the history of rock. Now, after having faced continual barriers, from sexism to ageism, the incredible women of Fanny are ready to claim their hallowed place in the halls of rock ‘n’ roll fame.

I’m Wanita

I'm Wanita
2021 | Australia | Matthew Walker | 88 min – European Premiere
Australia’s dynamic Queen of Honky Tonk tries her luck in the genre’s capital, Nashville, Tennessee, at age 46. In a constant determination to realize her childhood dream so stardom, Wanita’s quest is simultaneously poignant and comical, as the renegade country star continues to wait for the recognition she knows she deserves.

Underplayed

Underplayed Rezz
2021 | Canada | Stacey Lee | 88 min – European Premiere
In 2019, only five of the top 100 DJs were women. Underplayed presents a portrait of the current status of gender, ethnic, and sexual equality issues through the lens of the electronic music industry leaders championing the change and inspiring a more diverse pool of artists for future generations—a theme that transcends music and finds relevance in many of today’s industries.