AWFJ and Film Movement Plus Partner to Highlight Women-Directed Films – Jennifer Merin reports

NY-based distributor Film Movement and their signature streaming service, Film Movement Plus have announced a partnership with the Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) to highlight women-directed films from the platform’s deep catalog. The partnership launches on May 20, 2022 with a re-branded carousel “Films Directed by Women Presented by the Alliance of Women Film Journalists” and weekly feature-length reviews provided by AWFJ’s roster of award-winning critics.

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CALL JANE (Sundance FF 2022) – Review by Leslie Combemale

Call Jane is inspired by the work of the underground activist group Abortion Counseling Service of Women’s Liberationl. From 1968 to 1973, the group helped thousands of women to get pre-Roe V Wade abortions. Directed by Phillis Nagy, the film stars Elizabeth Banks as suburban housewife who becomes involved helping members of the organization, aka The Janes, after they helped her to end a life-threatening pregnancy.
Several documentaries and narratives have told the story of these women or used the organizaation as a backdrop, but Call Jane has the highest profile yet, featuring A-list talent that includes Banks, Sigourney Weaver, Chris Messina, Kate Mara, and Wunmi Mosaku.

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