WHEN MEN WERE MEN (Austin Film Fest) – Review by Diane Carson

Co-writer/co-director Aidan Dick plays Egan; co-writer/co-director Izzi Rojas takes on the central Kieran role. The heartfelt commitment to this project produces some convincing, empathetic moments. It’s a familiar, even at times clichéd, message but one still critically important to those who are transgender and all who do, as all should, support them. With an estimated budget of $25,000 (imdb listing), what is accomplished is impressive.

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EVERYTHING I EVER WANTED TO TELL MY DAUGHTER ABOUT MEN (Austin Film Fest 2021) – Review by Diane Carson

Cleverly organized and powerfully presented, Everything I Ever Wanted to Tell My Daughter About Men uses a sequence of eight therapy sessions to unravel and reveal multiple loves reflecting the complex emotional problems of the central character, called The Woman. Interweaving flashbacks to the succession of demanding, destructive men in her past, The Women’s searing honesty yields to several explicit lessons and session descriptions, both listed in text on screen.

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WITH THIS BREATH I FLY (Austin Film Fest 2021) – Review by Diane Carlson

The oppressed legal status of women in Afghanistan is well known and even more distressing with the recent Taliban takeover. Providing important insights, in particularizing the experiences of two Afghan women, directors Clementine Malpas and Sam French add alarming details to that more general understanding of exactly what this lived legal, cultural subjugation means and the ways even the European Union supports that inequitable system.

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