BOOK SMART- Review by Ulkar Alakbarova

We all went to school with a single reason in our minds – to get an education that will help build our life, find a good job, and be successful. Of course, colleges and the universities are just the beginning and there is no time to have fun at all, take it easy, or look around to see what our peers would do. Imagine, at some point, you wake up to find yourself at the podium to receive your diploma after having worked tirelessly, never missed a single book from the local library and look at those who never did what you have done, yet still graduating.

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WELCOME TO MARWEN – Review by Ulkar Alakbarova

It’s true that films based on true stories fall under harsh criticism due to lack of accuracy or addition of fictionalized characters that never existed in real life. But if that character or any part of the story told does not manipulate the truth, then it should be fine, isn’t it? Welcome to Marwen, co-written by Caroline Thompson and Robert Zemeckis and directed by Zemeckis himself, tells the true story of a man who, after surviving a brutal attack, finds his way to live through PTSD by creating a little world of his own known as Marwen.

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SPOTLIGHT July 2019: Andrea Arnold, Feminist Film Director, BIG LITTLE LIES

Andrea Arnold’s career shows what a woman filmmaker’s ‘can do spirit’ can do. The career path she’s created for herself has brought her from the difficult circumstances of a child raised in a single parent home in the environs of a working class ‘estate’ in suburban London to the coveted and exalted position of series director for a highly acclaimed and high ranking television series. Along the way, she’s won an Oscar and become an OBE, and accrued numerous other awards and honors for her femme-centric films. Arnold’s filmography is stunning in its inventiveness and variety, but it is her exceptional leadership as director of HBO’S Big Little Lies Season Two, which began airing in June that puts her in AWFJ’s July SPOTLIGHT.

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AWFJ Welcomes Twelve New Members in 2019 – Jennifer Merin reports

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is welcoming twelve outstanding female film journalists as new members, starting in January 2019. They are film critics, commentators and reporters who hail from around the world and represent a wide range of media platforms, including popular and erudite publications, daily newspapers and other print publications, broadcast and online outlets.

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AWFJ Members A to L

This current roster of the distinguished members of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists is presented in alphabetical order, with

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