MOVIE OF THE WEEK December 22, 2023: Best MOTWs of 2023

Team #MOTW looks back at the films we featured during 2023 and highlights our favorites. There are many things about 2023 that we want to forget, but these femme-helmed/femme centric films that brought inspiration, understanding, compassion, and respite replete with laughter are not among them — and they must not slip into oblivion. Their themes, topics and genres are diverse, and each one of them is a gem. Add them to your watch list. Share the titles with friends. To find out more about each of the selected films, click on the titles for links to our full #MOTW coverage. Enjoy all of AWFJ’s Best #MOTWs of 2023.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK January 20, 2023: AFTER LOVE

Grieving widow Mary (Joanna Scanlan) is dismayed to discover that her late husband, Ahmed (Nasser Memarzia), had a secret second life — and family — in writer/director Aleem Khan’s moving feature debut After Love. Anchored by the nuanced, authentic performances of Scanlan and co-star Nathalie Richard, the film explores the impact of grief and deception as it follows what h appens when the two women in Ahmed’s life cross paths.

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AFTER LOVE – Review by Loren King

Duality, secrecy and mystery are beautifully woven through this textured debut feature from English-Pakistani filmmaker Aleem Khan. A portrait of a marriage, with years of secrets and lies, is layered with clashes of identity and culture in Britain and France. After Love is anchored by an unforgettable performance from Joanna Scanlan as Mary, an unassuming British woman and practicing Muslim who converted when she married Ahmed (Nasser Memarzia), a ferry captain whose regular route shuttles between the Dover cliffs and Calais.

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