The Alliance of Women Film Journalists highlights movies made by and about women. With a vigilant eye toward current releases, we maintain an interactive record of films that are pertinent to our interests. Be they female-made or female-centric productions, they are films that represent a wide range of women’s stories and present complex female characters. As such, they are movies that will most likely be reviewed on AWFJ.org and will qualify for consideration for our annual EDA Awards, celebrating exceptional women working in film behind and in front of the camera. Our members are feature writers, columnists and regular contributors to a variety of media outlets and many of us publish regularly on the festival circuit. Our critical voices are widespread and diverse. We invite you to join us in tracking weekly releases of particular interest. And we welcome information about new films that will help us to keep our records updated and our critics alert. Below is a concise list of new releases set for the week of June 6 to 13 that are of particular interest. Film titles highlighted in red have links to full reviews.
- Being BeBe – (VOD) – USA / Cameroon – Documentary directed by Emily Branham capturing the incredible rise of the first ever winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race: the legendary BeBe Zahara Benet.
Wednesday, June 8
- The Janes – HBO (Cinemas / HBO Max) – USA – Documentary co-directed by Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes. Police arrested seven women who were part of a clandestine network. Using code names, blindfolds and safe houses, they built an underground service for women seeking safe, affordable, illegal abortions calling themselves JANE.
Friday, June 10
- Tahara – Film Movement (Cinemas) – USA – Drama directed by Olivia Peace and written by Jess Zeidman. A queer, coming-of-age drama set in Rochester, NY about an anxious teen girl who is manipulated into a romantic encounter with her best friend during the funeral service of their former Hebrew school classmate.
- Trees of Peace – Netflix – USA – Drama written and directed by Alanna Brown. In April of 1994, four women from different backgrounds and beliefs are trapped and hiding during the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Their fight for survival against all odds unites the women in an unbreakable sisterhood.
Film descriptions are adapted from press releases. Titles highlighted in red have links to full reviews. Stay tuned in for next week’s releases! Contact us if we’ve overlooked anything.