Entertaining, Informative, Inspiring Go-To Movies for Pandemic Shut-ins

During our current pandemic-spurred lifestyle adjustment, we may be shut in, but we’re not shut down. Even folk who don’t regularly watch movies are finding cinema culture to be an effective way to staving off the effects of social isolation and resist the onset of cabin fever. Movies move you. Here are AWFJ members’ personal recommendations for movies that entertain, inspire and inform…ENJOY!

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For Valentine’s Day 2020: Men We Love

To celebrate Valentine’s Day 2020, AWFJ is posting this virtual Valentine to express our love for and to honor our male colleagues who’ve embraced the causes of gender parity and inclusively, and whose work has and is leveling the playing field for women working in film. For many of them, advocacy and activism for better representation of women on camera and behind the lens dates back to before #MeToo became an iconic hashtag and the feminist movement marched into the spotlight.

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Black History Month 2020 One-A-Day Movie Watch List

Listed in alphabetical order, we present the titles of 29 watch-worthy movies, a one-a-day selection of films to view during February 2020. Our compendium of titles was selected from hundreds of the beautifully crafted, relevant and relatable films that elucidate Black experiences, tell stories of Black lives and illuminate Black history. We chose films that represent a variety of diverse perspectives as expressed in both obscure titles and blockbusters, covering genres ranging from romcom to horror, from scifi fantasy to biopic and documentary, with release dates ranging from 1934 to the present.

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TIFF19 Best Movies Wrap – Julide Tanriverdi reports

Working at a film festival always comes with the frustration that you cannot possibly see all the movies you want. I was dying to see The Lighthouse and Waves for instance and could not make it. But from the 23 movies I did manage to see I chose these to highlight.

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AWFJ’s REAL REEL WOMEN: Watch List For Women’s History Month

Released to celebrate Women’s History Month, AWFJ’s REAL REEL WOMEN List is an annotated roster of 50 fascinating real women whose lives are memorialized in narrative films. Since cinema’s earliest days, movies about iconic women pilots and poets, artists, actors, political activists, princesses and others from all walks of life have enthralled audiences, accrued awards and scored at the box office while influencing our social mores and enriching our cultural conversation. Read our REAL REEL WOMEN List and enjoy their stories on film.

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AWFJ REAL REEL WOMAN – Listed by Profession

AWFJ’s REAL REEL WOMEN List shows that women have done and can do everything—and do it well. As monarchs and newspaper moguls, designers and diplomats, artists, entertainers and scientists, these remarkable women have distinguished themselves far beyond the restrictions placed upon them by patriarchal societies. ​We list them by profession to emphasize the breadth of their accomplishments and to acknowledge the extent to which they and their work have influenced history and advanced human civilization.​

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AWFJ’s REAL REEL WOMEN List

Throughout cinema history, films by and about women have enthralled audiences, accrued awards and honors worldwide and scored at the box office while influencing out social social mores and enriching our cultural conversation. Released to celebrate Women’s History Month, AWFJ’s REAL REEL WOMEN List is an annotated roster of 50 fascinating real women whose true stories have been told in narrative features. We hope that reading about these princesses and pilots, artists and actors, poets and political activists will prompt you watch movies about them and to seek out and enjoy other current and classic films about other real women whose stories are memorialized in cinema.

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AWFJ REAL REEL WOMEN LIST – Film Titles By Decade

Some REAL REEL WOMEN have been celebrated and memorialized in numerous films, as perennial favorites. The highly dramatic story of Joan of Arc has been told successfully in eight films that illuminated the silver screen periodically from 1902 to 2018.  It’s interesting to compare the various versions to see how they reflect life at the time of their release.

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Common Sense Media Scores Kids’ Movies’ For Kindness – Betsy Bozdech reports

Raising a kind kid takes a lot more than showing them good movies, but the films Common Sense Media has selected can spark conversations about kindness and why it’s important. From learning to appreciate differences to seeing the importance of friendship, acceptance, and tolerance, these movies might help inspire random acts of kindness in your kids.

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10 Female-Directed Films to Watch for Black History Month – Marilyn Ferdinand reports

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is proud to highlight the contributions of 10 outstanding black women directors — some quite familiar, others less so — whose accomplishments and distinctive voices deserve a much wider audience. We hope you will enjoy discovering the engaging, thought-provoking, and surprising films conceived and created by these truly exceptional women.

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