Wonder Women

6 films about 5 extraordinary women

No, the series title is not a reference to Gal Gadot, even though she’s great in Wonder Woman. This series is about real wonder women, from both the past and the present. Women like Gertrude Bell, the female Lawrence of Arabia, who’s the subject of a new documentary and the recent Herzog biopic, Queen of the Desert; and Jane Jacobs, an urban activist and author, who challenged NYC planner Robert Moses.

And three extraordinary artists—the late choreographer Pina Bausch; performance artist Okwui Okpokwasili; and large-scale polaroid portrait photographer, Elsa Dorfman—celebrated in three wonderful documentaries.