WEEK IN WOMEN: Christy Wegener’s doc I AM VANESSA GUILLEN lands at Netflix

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Directed by Christy Wegener (Oprah’s Master Class, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Search and Destroy: Iggy & The Stooges’ Raw Power), I Am Vanessa Guillen, a new documentary based on the life and death of U.S. soldier Vanessa Guillen, will be released by Netflix on Nov. 17.

Army Spc. Guillén, age 20, disappeared from Fort Hood, Texas, in April 2020 and was found dead June 30. After telling her mother she was being sexually harassed on base, Guillen was allegedly killed by a fellow soldier.

CNN reports that Spc. Aaron Robinson allegedly murdered Guillén by bludgeoning her to death with a hammer at the armory where she worked. He died by suicide as law enforcement was attempting to detain him.

Guillén’s story sparked an international movement of assault victims demanding justice, according to a news release. 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.