All-Female Heist Movie, Widows, Tackles Politics and Racism


Steven McQueen’s all-female heist movie, Widows, focuses on three Chicago women planning a heist to pay back money stolen by their dead criminal husbands. The movie features a diverse cast led by Viola Davis and discusses several topics such as politics, religion, nepotism, racism, and patriarchy. The film’s greatest focus lies on its exploration of grief and control over another person even after death. The film’s critic suggests that the film “said less and communicated more.”

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Check out this list of female-directed foreign films.

Discussion Question

In what ways can movies successfully address highly charged topics?


Action Item

Watch a female-made film from a foreign country and compare it to your country’s material.


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