Women Talking

In Conversation

  • Frances McDormand is a producer and member of the cast of Women Talking.

  • Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers is an associate professor of History at UC Berkeley, where she specializes in African American history, women’s and gender history, and the history of American slavery. She is the author of They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South.

  • Naima Karczmar is a PhD candidate in English and Critical Theory at UC Berkeley, where she works on racial epistemologies of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She serves on the editorial board for Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences and Ki, where she is managing editor. She has been a finalist for the Glimmer Train Short Story Award and the Disquiet International Literary Prize in nonfiction.


Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, Judith Ivey, Ben Whishaw, Frances McDormand,

  Closed captioned   Audio description

Polley’s thoughtfully executed adaptation of Miriam Toews’s best-selling novel Women Talking chronicles the aftermath of the arrest of several serial rapists in an isolated Mennonite community whose assaults on generations of women and girls have previously been ignored or denied. A group of women—taking advantage of the absence of the men who have left the area to raise funds to post bail for their fellows—gather in a hayloft to discuss their options in light of what they only now understand to have been systematic criminal abuse. Graced with an extraordinary cast, Women Talking frames a radical “act of female imagination” to consider the healing power of language and what is required to escape oppression and to build a safer, more equitable and caring world. 

  • Sarah Polley
Based On
  • the novel by Miriam Toews

  • Luc Montpellier
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 104 mins
  • United Artists Releasing/Orion Pictures