A film by Arwen Curry
2018, 68 minutes
No. 197


Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a feature documentary exploring the remarkable life and legacy of the late feminist author Ursula K. Le Guin. Best known for groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy works such as A Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness, and The Dispossessed, Le Guin defiantly held her ground on the margin of “respectable” literature until the sheer excellence of her work, at long last, forced the mainstream to embrace fantastic literature. Her fascinating story has never before been captured on film.

Produced with Le Guin’s participation over the course of a decade, Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a journey through the writer’s career and her worlds, both real and fantastic. Viewers will join the writer on an intimate journey of self-discovery as she comes into her own as a major feminist author, opening new doors for the imagination and inspiring generations of women and other marginalized writers along the way. The film features stunning animation and reflections by literary luminaries including Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Michael Chabon, and more.

Official Selection, Sheffield Doc Fest
Official Selection, Mill Valley Film Festival
Official Selection, Ashland Film Festival

"Even if you’re not a big sci-fi person, this biography of the beloved author Ursula K. Le Guin is beautiful and fascinating... The interviews and archival footage here are lovely, but the real draw is hearing Le Guin, who died in 2018, excavate her own work, in her own words." - The New York Times

"A perfect primer for anyone new to Le Guin, the documentary also has enough to offer dedicated fans, confirming her place as a major figure in American literature and as a spiky, rebellious and engaging personality." - Screen

"A beautiful tour of Le Guin's life and fiction. Arwen Curry's documentary took a decade to make, but the wait was well worth it." - Vice