9TO5: THE STORY OF A MOVEMENT – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

Directors Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, who previously teamed on the Oscar-winning documentary American Factory, shine a spotlight on the real-life funny and feisty women who took to the streets to demand better pay, benefits, and respect on the job. As 9to5 co-founder Karen Nussbaum says, “We changed the debate about whether women were real workers … and should have aspirations to lead in the workforce.”

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I BLAME SOCIETY – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

Documentary filmmaker Gillian Wallace Horvat carved out a career with shorts about classics such as High Noon and The Bells of St. Mary’s, as well as Hollywood legends such as Milos Forman, Frank Capra, Cary Grant, Orson Welles, and Maureen O’Hara. Her new satirical mockumentary I Blame Society attempts to uncork her rage at producers who mispronounce “intersectionality,” call her a “nice girl,” and offer women so-called opportunities by filming their buddies’ scripts.

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PRIVATE BENJAMIN – Retroview by Valerie Kalfrin

Giddy society princess Judy Benjamin had modest ambitions. When she was eight, she told her best friend that all she wanted someday was “a nice house … nice clothes, two closets, a live-in maid, and a professional man for a husband.” So begins 1980’s Private Benjamin, which sees Judy (Goldie Hawn) joining the U.S. Army after her husband drops dead on their wedding night, something Judy never imagined could happen. She didn’t think much about the army, either, beyond the chance to get away from it all in the condos that the recruiter promised. She showed up at basic training in a black dress and heels. It’s a safe bet that the Judy at the start of Private Benjamin also never thought about turning 40 someday. Yet here we are.

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