SPIRITED AWAY on Blu-ray Spreads Feminist Spirit, Streep Campaigns for Equality and Film Festival Feminism – Brandy McDonnell comments

spirited-away2Spirited Away uproots the tired ‘damsel in distress awaits the prince to rescue (and marry) her narrative, as 10-year-old Chihiro embarks on a mission to save Haku, the boy who initially helped her adapt to the spirit world and who turns out to be more than he seems as well. Seeing the legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki’s 2003 Oscar winner in glorious high definition on Blu-ray, I was again astounded by the richness of his storytelling, and also by the influence one determined game-changer can make. Plus new kudos for Meryl Streep on equal rights, feminism at the Los Angeles Film Festival and the new collaboration between BFI London Film Festival and the Geena Davis Institute in this week’s The Week in Women.

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The Female Gaze: Girls Negotiate Unfamiliar Spaces Through Film @ Berlinale 2015– Guest Post by Monty Majeed (Exclusive)

berlinaleThe magic of movies lies in the fact that they evoke in children — girls and boys, alike — a horde of emotional responses to onscreen images. Young women, in particular, are profoundly influenced by films that follow girl protagonists whose stories transport them to new cultures, environments and character circumstances beyond their personal experiences within their familiar realm. As Indian critic Monty Majeed discovered while interviewing girls at Berlinale 2015, this year’s festival’s expanded programming of films with young women protagonists projected horizon-broadening images that were as transformative and enlightening as they were disturbing. Read on…

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