MOVIE OF THE WEEK August 18, 2023: BELLA!

In a USA that’s lucky enough to have strong women like Kamala Harris, Maxine Waters, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Elizabeth Warren, and Katie Porter speaking up, persisting, reclaiming their time, and generally schooling the White male political old guard, it’s important to remember that Bella Abzug did it all first. Jeff L. Lieberman’s engrossing documentary Bella! reminds us what a trailblazer — and force of nature — Abzug was, detailing her impact on American government and culture.

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BARBARA LEE: SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER – Review by Martha K Baker

“Barbara Lee speaks for me!” That’s the chant that resounds at Lee’s rallies. Her constituents in California’s 13th District, covering Berkeley and Oakland, support her because she supports them. As Van Jones says in this finely filmed biodoc, “She’s not a normal politician: she helps people who need help, not who can help her.”

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BARBARA LEE: SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER – Review by Lois Alter Mark

This documentary about Barbara Lee, the highest ranking Black woman in Congress, is so inspiring, I -expect a future President of the US to one day say she was motivated to run for office after watching it. Directed by Abby Ginzberg, the film features an eclectic group of celebrities, including Danny Glover, Van Jones, Alice Walker, and politicians from the late John Lewis to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Cory Booker, all singing the praises of the California Congresswoman who has been fighting for racial and economic justice for more than two decades.

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SXSW 2019: Stories of Women’s Resilience and Independence – Roxanne Hadadi reports

This year, South by Southwest Film Festival felt like a declarative celebration of women’s stories and female filmmakers. From its diverse slate of narrative, documentary, and short films to its Grand Jury and Audience Awards, at the core of its programming were films made by and about women.

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