Telling Her Story Women Directors Film Series

Date: March 6, 2020 - March 27, 2020
Release Date: November 27, 2019

Pasadena, CA—This March, the Norton Simon Museum screens three films by women directors that portray strong female protagonists who upend society’s expectations of them. These films differ in style, era and genre but are each the debut feature for their director. The films are screened on Fridays in March at 5:30 p.m. (except for Friday, March 13, when the Museum participates in ArtNight Pasadena) and are included with Museum admission. The theater opens at 5:00 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014), NR
Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour
Friday, March 6, 5:30–7:20 p.m.
The first Iranian vampire western, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films and the Iranian New Wave. Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking the town’s most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom . . . blood red. In Persian, with English subtitles.

Daughters of the Dust (1991), PG
Directed by Julie Dash
Friday, March 20, 5:30–7:20 p.m.
The first wide release by a black female filmmaker, Daughters of the Dust was met with critical acclaim and rapturous audience response when it opened in 1991. At the dawn of the 20th century, a family in the Gullah community of coastal South Carolina—former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions—suffers a generational split. Young Haagar (Kaycee Moore) wants to move to the mainland, away from tradition-bound matriarch Nana (Cora Lee Day). Former prostitute Yellow Mary (Barbara-O) gets a cold shoulder when she returns to the island with her female lover, especially from her sister Viola (Cheryl Lynn Bruce).

My Brilliant Career (1979), G
Directed by Gillian Armstrong
Friday, March 27, 5:30–7:10 p.m.
For her award-winning breakthrough film, director Gillian Armstrong drew on teenage author Miles Franklin’s novel, a celebrated turn-of-the-20th-century Australian coming-of-age story, to brashly upend the conventions of period romance. Headstrong young Sybylla Melvyn (Judy Davis, in a star-making performance), bemoans her stifling life in the backcountry, where her writerly ambitions receive little encouragement, and she craves independence above all else. When a handsome landowner (Sam Neill), disarmed by her unruly charms, begins to court her, Sybylla must decide whether she can reconcile the prospect of marriage with the illustrious life’s work she has imagined for herself. Suffused with generous humor and a youthful appetite for experience, My Brilliant Career is a luminous portrait of an ardently free spirit.

ADMISSION: All screenings are included with Museum admission. Admission is $15.00 for adults; $12.00 for seniors; and free for Museum members, students with I.D., and everyone age 18 and under. The Museum is free on Friday, March 6, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. as part of the Museum’s First Free Friday Evening program. For more information, call (626) 449-6840 or visit

WHERE: Norton Simon Museum | 411 West Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena; located on the corner of Colorado and Orange Grove Boulevards at the intersection of the 210 and 134 freeways | Parking at the Norton Simon Museum is free but limited. Public transportation or ridesharing is encouraged.

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A Girl Walks Home

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014), NR
Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour
Photo courtesy of Kino Lorber


Daughters of the Dust (1991), PG
Directed by Julie Dash
Kino International Corp./Photofest, © Kino International Corp.

My Brilliant Career

My Brilliant Career (1979), G
Directed by Gillian Armstrong
© Janus Film

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About the Norton Simon Museum

The Norton Simon Museum is known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled. Over a 30-year period, industrialist Norton Simon (1907–1993) amassed an astonishing collection of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century, and a stellar collection of South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years. Modern and Contemporary Art from Europe and the United States, acquired by the former Pasadena Art Museum, also occupies an important place in the Museum’s collections. The Museum houses more than 12,000 objects, roughly 1,000 of which are on view in the galleries and gardens.

Location: The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd. at Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena, Calif., at the intersection of the Foothill (210) and Ventura (134) freeways. For general Museum information, please call (626) 449-6840 or visit Hours: The Museum is open Thursday through Monday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Friday and Saturday to 7 p.m.).  It is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission: General admission is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors. Members, students with I.D., and patrons age 18 and under are admitted free of charge. The first Friday of the month from 4 to 7 p.m. is free to all. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. Parking: Parking is free but limited, and no reservations are necessary. Public Transportation: Pasadena Transit stops directly in front of the Museum. Please visit for schedules. The MTA bus line #180/181 stops in front of the Museum. The Memorial Park Station on the MTA Gold Line, the closest Metro Rail station to the Museum, is located at 125 E. Holly St. at Arroyo Parkway. Please visit for schedules. Planning your Visit: For up-to-date information on our guidelines and protocols, please visit

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