WEEK IN WOMEN: rePRO by mama.film Film Fest explores reproductive healthcare and more — Brandy McDonnell reports

rePRO by mama.film, a new five-day virtual film festival dedicated to exploring women’s reproductive healthcare, awareness, advocacy and bodily integrity in America, has announced its lineup for the inaugural festival, which will take place online from Aug. 12-16.

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Women at Melbourne International Film Festival – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

As the film festival world increasingly shifts to the domestic small screen as the most responsible way forward in the face of COVID-19, Melbourne International Film Festival has tackled the challenge head on. While still featuring an impressive 112 films – including 12 world premieres, 83 Australian premieres and 44 short films – MIFF has shifted its exhibition model by releasing the 2020 program not as the festival’s 69th edition, but under the more humble banner of MIFF 68½.

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FRANCES FERGUSON – Review by Sarah Ward

There’s nothing inherently funny about Frances Ferguson’s central concept: an affair between a teacher and a high-school student that scandalizes a small Nebraska town. But, as told from the eponymous educator’s perspective, there’s something intriguing about Bob Byington’s latest darkly comic film — which uses its premise to chart a self-sabotaging quest of considerable proportions.

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Sydney FF 20 : A YEAR FULL OF DRAMA – Review by Sarah Ward

Marta Pulk’s A Year Full of Drama, documenting a year in a young theater critic’s life, embraces an idea that’s as basic as not judging a book by its cover, but just as often ignored: that, while engaging in art is a universal experience that can evoke shared overall responses, everyone still interacts with everything they consume in an individualistic manner.

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Sydney FF 2020: FORCE OF HABIT- Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Force of Habit is a cartography of sexual abuse and harassment that interweaves several scenarios — a schoolgirl harassed on public transport, an drunken office party, and a vicious, violent rape by a stranger, each helmed by a different female director — into collective whole that is an electrifying reminder that sexual abuse and harassment are everyday phenomena and until that stops being synonymous with “business as usual”, nothing will change.

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Sydney FF 2020: CHARTER – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Charter focuses on Alice, a woman in transition, who is bucking traditions and struggling to find her own place in the world. She’s on the losing side of a nasty custody battle with her ex-husband who is unrestrained in his determination to exclude her from their lives.

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Sydney FF 2020: A PERFECTLY NORMAL FAMILY – Review by Sarah Ward

My Perfectly Normal Family stems from the first-time feature filmmaker’s own upbringing with her transgender father. The film tells a fictional tale, but IS so specific in its rendering of emotions that it could only spring from someone who has been there herself.

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