WEEK IN WOMEN: OVID.tv’s August streaming slate focuses on women’s issues – Brandy McDonnell reports

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OVID.tv – a subscription video on demand service for streaming independent documentaries, art-house and global cinema – has revealed its August slate of 22 releases for its second annual Doc Month. Every film in August is a documentary, all of which will be exclusively streaming on OVID. The August lineup includes several documentaries directed by women, and many of these films highlight timely topics, including abortion, access to contraception and more.

“Rosita” is a distressing, vital look at the legal battle waged by a Nicaraguan family when their 9-year-old daughter becomes pregnant in a country where abortion is outlawed. The documentary I Had an Abortion gives women from a wide range of backgrounds, ages and experiences the opportunity to recount, without regret, their decision to seek an abortion, and in A Man’s Place, men get a chance to speak candidly about the role they play when a partner faces an unplanned pregnancy.

The documentary short “Margaret Sanger: A Public Nuisance” highlights Sanger’s pioneering strategies of using media and popular culture to advance the cause of birth control.

Here are details on several of the femme-centric films coming to OVID in August: Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.