MOVIE OF THE WEEK September 22 – 29, 2017: BATTLE OF THE SEXES

motw logo 1-35Battle of the Sexes takes its name from the historic 1973 grudge match between tennis superstar Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and former champ Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell). But the movie is about so much more than that singular game, no matter how big that game turned out to be. It’s about acknowledging and accepting who you are, standing up for what you believe, and using your voice to fight for the people who need you. Continue reading…

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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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MOVIE OF THE WEEK September 8 to 15: STRONG ISLAND

motw logo 1-35Infuriating, fascinating, and deeply emotional, Strong Island is the deeply personal chronicle and commentary by documentary filmmaker Yance Ford about his search for an explanation of and accounting for why the man who killed his brother was never charged with the crime and walked away without any punishment. Yance’s brother, William Ford, a young African-American man, was shot and killed in 1992 by a White auto mechanic after a verbal altercation at the repair shop where the latter worked. William’s death shocked the Ford family and left them devastated. Continue reading…

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AWFJ Women On Film – “For Colored Girls” – Review by Esther Iverem

The Colored House of Pain: “For Colored Girls” plays the same note of agony over and over, as each narrative recounts the abuse that a Black woman has faced from Black men in her life. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “American Violet” – Esther Iverem reviews

American Violet,” is a raw and honest movie based in part on the true story of how a wide swath of the Black community in Tulia, Texas was arrested one day in a massive drug raid in 1999. read more

Women On Film – “Watchmen” – Esther Iverem reviews

I suppose it’s fair to say that cynics need superheroes too. Read more>>

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“Death Race” – Esther Iverem reviews

All signs point to the fact that we are not supposed to take the new film, “Death Race,” too seriously. But with video game-like violence, it does tell a story about the dangers of the prison-industrial complex. Read more>>

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