Jill Godmilow

is an internationally known and celebrated independent filmmaker focusing on feminist, gay, labor and art issues, primarily in non-fiction formats. In 2013 she retired from teaching film production and critical studies courses in the Department of Film, Television & Theatre at the University of Notre Dame.


Tales, 1971; Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman, 1974; The Popovich Brothers of South Chicago, 1977; Far from Poland, 1984; Waiting for the Moon, 1987; The Odyssey Tapes, 1988; Roy Cohn/Jack Smith, 1994; What Farocki Taught, 1998; Lear '87 Archive, 2002.

Far from Poland (0+)

USA, 1984, colour, 107 min.
Director: Jill Godmilow
When she is refused a visa to travel to Poland, Jill Godmilow has to literally reinvent the documentary (calling it “dramatary”) to deal with the Polish situation. She does so with a particular eye to deconstruct not only documentary’s specific claims to objectivity, but also the bourgeois audiences’ desire to sit comfortably in their seats, feel compassion, feel themselves part of the solution (not part of the problem) by having felt compassion for the poor oppressed Poles, who, Godmilow would argue, are far more acutely aware of their situation and what forces oppress them than the liberal American folk in the movie house.


Nominated, Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival (1985).