MOVIE OF THE WEEK September 15 to 22, 2017: DOLORES

motw logo 1-35It’s a safe bet that many folks, if asked to name someone associated with the United Farm Workers of America union (originally the National Farm Workers Association), would draw a total blank. Some might come up with Cesar Chavez. But very few are likely to mention Dolores Huerta, despite her countless contributions to the UFW beginning in the 1960s and her continuing role as an outspoken intersectional activist who fights for feminism, civil rights, environmentalism, and more. Continue reading…

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DOLORES — Review by Sheila Roberts

dolores posterPeter Bratt’s tightly paced, vibrant documentary profiles tireless labor activist Dolores Huerta who never doubted her calling and how it gave meaning to her life. Huerta played a pivotal role in the founding of the United Farm Workers Union alongside Cesar Chavez. As a key grassroots organizer and union strategist with serious lobbying and negotiating skills, she found herself at the intersection of a social revolution in the ‘60s and ‘70s that encompassed racial and labor justice, the environment, feminism and gender equality. Continue reading…

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DOLORES — Review by Cate Marquis

Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the National Farm Workers Union, the person who coined the phrase “Yes, We Can” (“Si Se Puede”), a labor organizer instrumental in leading the 1960s grape boycott, and a social activist for Chicano, Native American and Latinos rights, should be a name everyone knows, as familiar as that of Caesar Chavez, the other co-founder of the National Farm Workers Union. Never heard of Dolores Huerta? Many people haven’t, and that’s the problem the new documentary DOLORES sets out to remedy. Continue reading…

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SPOTLIGHT October 2016: Bonni Cohen, Acclaimed Director and Producer

Bonni CohenThe filmmaking team of Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk explore the results of social media bullying with the new thought-provoking, conversation-starting documentary, Audrie & Daisy.

The documentary, which is currently streaming on Netflix, focuses primarily on two teenage sexual assault victims who had their humiliation made public via Facebook and other online social media outlets. The documentary should be considered a must-see for high school students, and the filmmakers should be applauded for their approach to this disturbing topic. Read on.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, September 5 – September 9: CAMERAPERSON

cameraperson posterKirsten Johnson’s film Camerperson begins with a simple quote. “For the past 25 years I’ve worked as a documentary cinematographer. I originally shot the following footage for other films, but here I ask you to see it as my memoir. These are the images that have marked me and leave me wondering still.” Read on…

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DARK HORSE: THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF DREAM ALLIANCE — Review by Susan Granger

Set for release on the day before the Kentucky Derby, Louise Osmond’s uplifting, feel-good film shows how sometimes ordinary gals-and-guys can not only compete but win at the elitist “sport of kings.” The story begins when a middle-aged barmaid, Janet Vokes, in a South Wales workingman’s pub gets an over-the-rainbow notion to breed a steeplechase racehorse. Knowing, she’ll need financial support, she rallies her friends and neighbors, including a local tax adviser, Howard Davies, who forms a “syndicate.” Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, December 1 – December 7: HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT

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Opening Dec. 2, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Hitchcock/Truffaut, filmmaker Kent Jones’ documentary about director Francois Truffaut’s 1966 book Cinema According to Hitchcock, and how it has influenced the work of myriad filmmakers. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, November 24-November 30: JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE

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Opening Nov. 27, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Janis: Little Girl Blue, the new documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Amy Berg which looks at the life and work of legendary blues singer Janis Joplin. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, November 10-November 16: INGRID BERGMAN: IN HER OWN WORDS

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Opening Nov. 13, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words, the intimate biopic of the legendary siren of the silver screen by Swedish writer, director and film critic Stig Bjorkman. Read on…

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FREEHELD, HE NAMED ME MALALA, THE MARTIAN and Other Oct 2 Openers – Reviews by Jennifer Merin

freeheld posterIn Freeheld, Julianne Moore and Ellen Page are brilliantly courageous and poignant as domestic partners crusading for spousal benefits. He Named Me Malala is Davis Guggenheim’s documentary intro to the Pakistani schoolgirl who came close to dying for the cause of girls’ education, and won a Nobel Peace Prize. The Martian, a fascinating and thrilling sci-fi adventure, is Matt Damon’s film, but Jessica Chastain and Kate Mara as heroic female astronauts thrust me into a positive orbit. Plus femme-helmed Northern Soul and Addicted to Fresno, and femme-scribed Partisan and Labyrinth of Lies. Read the reviews…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, September 7-September 13: MEET THE PATELS

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Opening September 2, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Meet The Patels, the new documentary from filmmaker Geeta Patel (Project Kashmir) which tells the story of her family’s involvement in her 29-year-old Ravi brother’s romantic relationships. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, August 31-September 6: THE BLACK PANTHERS – THE VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION

black panthers poster Opening September 2, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Stanley Nelson’s fascinating documentary looking at the rise and fall of civil rights movement The Black Panthers. Read on…

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MANAKAMANA – Review by Jennifer Merin

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Manakamana is the third documentary release from the Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab, a group that’s having major impact on contemporary nonfiction filmmaking. Taking viewers on a journey into the jungles of Nepal, This rare example of documentary pushes the cinema verite experience to new heights. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Crude” – Jennifer Merin reviews

Joe Berlinger’s heart-wrenching, alarming and brilliantly crafted documentary is all about Chevron’s desecration of the Ecuadorian Amazon and the 27-billion dollar law suit in which indigenous peoples seek remediation and justice. Read more.

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