There is little doubt that the bravest documentaries are a vital means of highlighting major issues in the world. As a consequence, they can also be risky to produce.
Recently released in the UK, Cartel Land saw filmmaker Matthew Heineman follow two groups on either side of the US-Mexico border as they fought against the influence of dangerous drug cartels.
We take a look at the strong-minded female directors who have shown bravery while making their snapshots of global life. This is serious girl power.
1. McLibel by Franny Armstrong
When it comes to taking on corporate giants, there aren’t many much bigger than McDonalds. As part of her first full-length documentary, Franny Armstrong showed extraordinary stamina as she spent 10 years filming the longest trial in UK history with nothing but voluntary crew members and a shoestring budget.
The case, officially known as McDonalds Corporation vs Steel and Morris, saw the fast food chain file for libel against environmental activists Helen Steel and David Morris over a pamphlet entitled ‘What’s wrong with McDonald’s: Everything they don’t want you to know’.
2. The Oath by Laura Poitras
3. The Democrats by Camilla Nielsson
4. Deliver Us From Evil by Amy J. Berg
5. The Most Dangerous Man in America by Judith Ehrlich