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Directed by Jo Ann Kaplan • Documentary • With Jana Sheldon, Helen Mirren, Hella Hammid, Alexander Hackenschmied, Amos Vogel • 1988 • 53 minutes
Maya Deren is a legend of avant-garde cinema. This authoritative biography of the charismatic filmmaker, poet and anthropologist features excerpts from her pioneering Meshes of the Afternoon and her unfinished documentary on Haiti, interviews with Stan Brakhage and Jonas Mekas, and recordings of her lectures. Narrated by actress Helen Mirren, this definitive documentary offers startling insights into one of the most intriguing, accomplished figures in cinema history.