CAPERNAUM – Review by Marilyn Ferdinand

Capernaum is an angry cry, through the character of Zain, for people to pay attention to and do something about the misery of others. Labaki’s greatest achievement may be that she made a beautifully crafted film with such a deep understanding for her untrained actors that it’s nearly impossible to tear our eyes from the screen or forget what we’ve witnessed.

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PIONEERS: FIRST WOMEN FILMMAKERS – Review by Marilyn Ferdinand

The invaluable film distributor Kino Lorber has assembled a truly eye-opening collection of films from the silent era—all made by women. Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers is a DVD/Blu-ray box set that presents more than 50 silent feature and short films digitally mastered from 2k and 4K restorations from a variety of sources. The six disc set is divided by subject matter. Disc one is entirely devoted to the works of perhaps the most important woman filmmaker ever, Alice Guy-Blaché.

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JANE FONDA IN FIVE ACTS – Review by Marilyn Ferdinand

Filmmaker Susan Lacy packs in as much information about Fonda as she can using archival footage, film and television clips, and talking-head interviews with her family, costars and friends and, of course, Jane Fonda herself. For those who are just discovering Fonda, this documentary will help them understand her place in history and perhaps help them on their journey of self-discovery.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK August 23, 2018: MEMOIR OF WAR

Memoir of War is French writer.director Emmanuel Finkiel’s adaptation of Marguerite Duras’ semi-autobiographical novella La douleur. An essential work in the literature of war, La douleur reveals Duras personal anguish as she survived in Nazi-occupied Paris, waiting for the return of her husband who’d been arrested by the Gestapo.

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SPOTLIGHT July 2018: Jennifer Fox, Autobiographical Feminist Filmmaker, THE TALE

awfj spotlight black littleThere are many terms that one could apply to Jennifer Fox—courageous, determined, questioning—but the one she prefers is curious. Fox, whose breathtaking first feature, The Tale, dives into her own history of child sexual abuse, has let her curious nature lead her all over the world to find stories that illuminate both the particular and the universal. Continue reading…

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SPOTLIGHT October 2017: Agnès Varda, Filmmaker, Honorary Oscar Recipient, Director of FACES PLACES

agnes vardaAgnès Varda’s creative process reflects her storied career. In 63 years of filmmaking the sole female Nouvelle Vague director has created a vast body of work. Now, at age 89, Varda has a new film and honor to add to her long list of achievements and awards.. Viva Varda! Continue reading…

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THE WOMEN’S BALCONY — Review by Marilyn Ferdinand

the women's balconyIt is with a light and generous heart that I suggest anyone within reach of a movie theater showing The Women’s Balcony pack up your necessities and head there at your earliest convenience. What will unfold over your 96 minutes in the dark is a comedy so droll, so full of love and celebration, and so wise in its mild cautions that you may see the world much differently when you emerge into the light. The Women’s Balcony, a major hit in Israel, offers a look at an orthodox Jewish community—and community is what makes this film so endearing and healing.

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SPOTLIGHT June 2017: Amber Tamblyn, Actress, Poet, Director of PAINT IT BLACK

amber tamblyn 1Amber Tamblyn has been in the spotlight since childhood, but has reached beyond her privileged circumstances to explore humanity and offer work that makes our journey through life richer, more authentic and serves as a primer for women to expand their own potential.

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