GIRL PICTURE – Review by Jennifer Green

This Finnish film, distributed Stateside by Strand Releasing, is a Lena Dunham’s Girls-like tale of three young women figuring themselves out through relationships and sex. It’s visually interesting and offers insight into young adulthood in Finland, but there’s not quite enough story here to sustain the entire film, letting its three promising actresses down. Still, the confusion, awkwardness, excitement and anxiety of growing up are on full display in the story’s span of three Fridays in three young women’s lives.

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GIRL IN THE PICTURE – Review by Susan Granger

Skye Borgman’s documentary Girl in the Picture is the tragic tale of a 20 year-old, blond-haired woman who barely knew her own identity. Her body was found on the side of the road in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in April, 1990. Hospital staff noted many ‘older’ bruises on her body, along with scratches on her chest, and immediately suspected her husband Clarence. Known as Tonya Hughes, she was an exotic dancer with a two year-old son, Michael. Problem was: the real Tonya Hughes died 20 years ago.

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GIRL IN THE PICTURE – Review by Liz Braun

The extraordinary layers in this true crime story are carefully peeled back in a fashion that hooks the viewer almost immediately and never lets go. This is a particularly bizarre and unsavoury set of events — and it’s complicated — but with in-person interviews and recreations, filmmaker Skye Borgman moves seamlessly back and forth in time to drop shock revelation after shock revelation. This is a dip into the heart of darkness as to the fate of women and children — violence, vanishing, kiddie porn and other horrors — and for all that some mysteries are cleared up, the movie ends with many questions unanswered.

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THE GIRL WHO WORE FREEDOM – Review by Martha K Baker

On June 6, 1944, Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy to take back the region occupied by the Axis powers. Many, many works have described D-Day. The documentary, The Girl Who Wore Freedom, differs because it tells the story from the points of view of the citizens of Normandy.

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MARTHA: A PICTURE STORY – Review by Lois Alter Mark

What makes this movie about Martha Cooper so much more thrilling than most documentaries about photographers is the subject herself. From the outside – white, female – she was an unlikely chronicler of the New York City graffiti scene. But her respect for those street artists and her enthusiasm for their art – she often accompanied them into dark train stations in the middle of the night to get the shot – turned her into a beloved icon (a word she hates) and makes her a joy to get to know.

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RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT (Sundance2021) – Review by Leslie Combemale

Early on in the documentary Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It, viewers see Rita and a friend preparing for her 87th birthday party. She’s setting up the decorations and plastic cutlery and talking to the documentarian. Within minutes, anyone who appreciates straight-shooting broads, never mind uber-talented IGOT-winning Latinas, will be completely in love.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, October 3 – October 7: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

Paula Hawkins’s runaway successful novel The Girl on the Train is part of a new genre called ‘Mom Noir’, along with Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and a number of other titles. The numbers are always touted when talking about such literary phenomena. What is less celebrated is the quality of the books themselves. Opening Oct. 7, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is The Girl on the Train, Read on…

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SPOTLIGHT December 2015: Chicken & Egg Pictures’ Julie Parker Bonello, Wendy Ettinger and Judith Helfand

chicken and egg logoInspired by their core belief in the power of women storytellers, award-winning filmmakers Julie Parker Benello, Wendy Ettinger, and Judith Helfand founded Chicken & Egg Pictures in 2005 to create a space where women could learn from one another, test their limits, challenge the status quo, and break new ground as artists and activists. Read more…

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