Two recent independent films from first-time directors have made the case for women being heard, figuratively and literally. In Lake Bell’s comedy “In a World…,” a woman tries to break into the male-dominated voice-over profession. And in Charles Murray’s melodrama “Things Never Said,” the opening-night feature in this year’s Roxbury International Film Festival, a frustrated wife tries to define herself through her poetry. Though coming from different genres and different social settings, both films make a powerful statement about the plight of women held back by sexist tyranny.
For Kalindra Stepney (Shanola Hampton), though living on the edge financially in Los Angeles, the situation at first glance doesn’t seem all that oppressive. True, her husband, doesn’t seem all that happy. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.