Maya Deren

Maya Deren

American Filmmaker


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Maya Deren (1917–61) once wrote: “In film I can make the world dance.” And that’s exactly what she did.

Born in Kiev 100 years ago, Deren is one of the most influential figures in American avant-garde cinema. She is most commonly associated with her debut film, Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), but she was also a dancer, choreographer, poet, writer and photographer.

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