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 September 12 to 18 that are of particular interest. Film titles highlighted in red have links to full reviews:
Wednesday, September 14
- Street Heroines – (NY Premiere) – USA – Documentary directed by Alexandra Henry celebrating the courage and creativity of women who despite lack of recognition have been an integral part of the grafﬁti and street art movement since the beginning.
Friday, September 16
- The African Desperate – Mubi (NY Premiere) – USA – Drama co-written and directed by Martine Syms following artist Palace Bryant (Diamond Stingily) on one very long day in 2017 that starts with her MFA graduation from a white liberal arts college in upstate New York and ends at a Chicago Blue Line Station.
- Do Revenge – Netflix – USA – Comedy directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, co-written by Robinson and Celeste Ballard. Drea and Eleanor agree to go after one another’s bullies. Starring Sophie Turner and Maya Hawke.
- Four Winters – (Cinemas) – USA – Documentary written and directed by Julia Mintz. Jewish Partisans tell the inspiring story of how these innocent young adults transformed into guerrilla soldiers, surviving – and ultimately triumphing – against extraordinary odds during WWII.
- God’s Country – IFC (Cinemas) – USA – Thriller starring Thandiwe Newton. When a grieving college professor confronts two hunters she catches trespassing on her property, she’s drawn into an escalating battle of wills with catastrophic consequences.
- Hold Me Tight – Kino Lorber – France – Vicky Krieps stars in Mathieu Almaric’s mysterious and unpredictable drama about a women who suddenly leaves her family — or does she?
- Land of Dreams – Vertical Entertainment (Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Comedy co-directed by Shoja Azari and Shirin Neshat. A political satire set in the near future where America has closed its borders and become more insular than ever.
- Mija – Disney+ – USA – Documentary directed by Isabel Castro following Doris Muñoz, who began a career in music talent management and met Jacks Haupt, an auspicious young singer. Both share the ever-present guilt of being the first American-born members of their undocumented families.
- Pearl – A24 (Cinemas) – Canada / USA – Horror prequel co-written by director Ti West and Mia Goth. The story of how Pearl became the vicious killer seen in “X”.
- Riotsville, USA – Magnolia Pictures (Cinemas) – USA – Documentary directed by Sierra Pettengill. Welcome to Riotsville, a fictional town built by the US military. Using all archival footage, the film explores the militarization of the police and creates a counter-narrative to the nation’s reaction to the uprisings of the late ’60s.
- The Silent Twins – Focus Features (Cinemas) – Poland / USA / UK – Drama directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska. Based on the lives of June and Jennifer Gibbons, real-life identical twins who grew up in Wales and became known as “the silent twins” because of their refusal to communicate with anyone other than each other. Screenplay written by Andrea Seigel, adapted from the book by Marjorie Wallace.
- Simchas and Sorrows – Gravitas Ventures – USA – Dramedy written and directed by lead actress Genevieve Adams. An atheist actress attempts to convert to Judaism to marry the man she loves.
- The Woman King – TriStar Pictures (Cinemas) – Canada / USA – Historical epic directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, co-written by Maria Bello and Dana Stevens. Inspired by the true events that happened in The Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Film descriptions are adapted from press releases. Film titles highlighted in red have links to full reviews. Stay tuned in for next week’s releases! Contact us if we’ve overlooked anything.