"SEEING IS BELIEVING" Is an in-depth investigation into the challenges faced women directors. The film focuses on the journeys of four articulate filmmakers - Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland), Sarah Gavron (Suffragette), li Lu (There is a New World Somewhere), and Naima Ramos Chapman (And Nothing Happened) who provide a wonderful mix of perspectives. The films subjects are honest without complaining, direct without blaming, and optimistic about change. They share valuable insights into how they became directors and discuss what steps are requited to ensure more women are given the opportunity to work at the highest levels of the film industry. Other women directors- and even a few men - contribute perceptive commentary, and the film illustrates its points with well chosen clips. Periodic person to person interviews prove all too revealing when the film asks, "Who's your favorite woman director and why do you like her?" One student replies, "Bigelow, because I dont know anyone else. But I like her." Packing in an immense amount of information into its brisk hour long running time, "Seeing is Believing" also offers a brief history of women in film, acknowledging such pioneers as Alice Guy-Blache, Lois Weber, and Dorothy Arzner.
The Oxford Film Festival celebrates the art of independent cinema. Through year round programming, the festival works to encourage filmmaking in Oxford and North Mississippi while growing understanding of cinema through screenings, workshops and educational programs, culminating in the annual five day festival.