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Why Can't Cannes be Like the Silverdocs?

45 of the around 100 films unspooling at the festival are directed or co-directed by women


Cannes could learn from the premiere Silverdocs film festival that rolled out its 10th anniversary opening night with Ramona Diaz's crowd pleasing doc, "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey."

"Don't Stop Believin'" is a Cinderella story about Filipino singer Arnel Pineda, who was invited to front the arena rock band Journey after bandleader Neal Schon discovered him in a YouTube video in 2007. What's especially significant about this film -- -- and 44 other of the around 100 films unspooling at the festival is that they are directed or co-directed by women.

Amazing that Silverdocs director Sky Sitney and her crew get it so right by featuring the works of dynamite female directors, while Cannes had such a dismal record showcasing works by female directors.  

Certainly there are more female doc directors, but Cannes could do better than they did this year.

Women documentary filmmakers make up half of that world and Silverdocs totally gets it. Go to http://silverdocs.com/ to learn more.

Aviva Kempner is the co-director of "Imagining the Indian: The Fight Against Native American Mascoting" documentary. Jessie Atkin is the communications coordinator for the documentary.