Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman

Director: Jennifer Fox

Institute History

  • 2007 Sundance Film Festival


It's a watershed moment for half the species. Never before in our collective human history have so many women had such autonomy to construct a life of their own creation. What models of femaleness are women inventing? How are gender roles changing? In what ways do received structures persist?

In this six-hour tour de force, master storyteller Jennifer Fox lays bare her own turbulent life to penetrate what it means to be a free woman today. As her drama of work and relationships unfolds over three years, our protagonist travels the globe to understand how diverse women define their lives when there is no map. Over intimate conversations around kitchen tables from South Africa to Sweden, India, and Iran, Fox initiates a groundbreaking dialogue among women, illuminating universal concerns across race, class, and nationality. Part delectable soap opera, sociopolitical inquiry, and narrative experiment, Flying sweeps us up into an addictive international adventure chronicled with sincerity, innovation, and elegance.

— Caroline Libresco

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