MOVIE OF THE WEEK October 18, 2019: #FemalePleasure

In a world that has more resonance with The Handmaid’s Tale than anyone should be comfortable with, it’s sadly not surprising that women everywhere are still fighting for their right to be sexual beings. Barbara Miller’s empowering documentary “#FemalePleasure” shows us why that fight is so important — and how it connects women across distances both geographical and cultural.

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SAUDI WOMEN’S DRIVING SCHOOL – Review by Leslie Combemale

director Erica Gornall’s new documentary Saudi Women’s Driving School examines the changes in the lives of women in Saudi Arabia resulting from a lift of the driving ban. As of June 24th, 2018, women could apply for licenses. Before that day, the country had been the only one in the world in which women were forbidden to drive motor vehicles.

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GIULIANI TIME – Retroview by Jennifer Merin

Actually, unless your head has been buried in sand for the past decades, you probably won’t find the information revealed in Kevin Keating’s 2005 documentary particularly surprising, but the film certainly provides a credible summation of news reports and pointed analysis of the legacy of New York City’s former mayor. And, it is particularly relevant at this moment in our American history.

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MOONLIGHT SONATA: DEAFNESS IN THREE MOVEMENTS – Review by Brandy McDonnell

The story picks up when Jonas, an ornery, action-packed 11-year-old taking piano lessons, becomes enamored of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.” He is determined to learn the piece even though his teacher warns him that it may be too difficult musically as well as emotionally for someone his age.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK October 4, 2010: ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH

Chronicling human impact on Earth’s geology, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is essential viewing. If our species survives the human epoch, our descendants may well look upon this film as we and our forebears consider the Bible as of record for ancient historic events that shaped our knowledge of our cultural and political roots as well as our understanding of our spirituality.

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RAISE HELL: THE LIFE & TIMES OF MOLLY IVINS – Review by Martha K Baker

Really, all Janice Engel had to do was run as many old videos of the great Molly Ivins, journalist and iconoclast, to entertain her worshippers. Heaven knows, there is plenty of tape to unspool, bushels of quotes to regale, and heaps of one-liners to rehearse. But Engel does more than that in this classic biopic.

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MAIDEN – Brandy McDonnell reviews

The documentary focuses on the team’s captain and driving force, Tracy Edwards, who rebels after her father’s death and her mother’s remarriage to an abusive alcoholic. After running away from home as a teenager, the Englishwoman wanders to the coast and eventually takes a stewardess job on a charter yacht, which is how she becomes an experienced sailor and learns about the Whitbread Round the World Race.

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ONE CHILD NATION – Review by Sheila Roberts

One Child Nation, co-directed by Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang, is a gripping, thought provoking, deeply personal examination of the impact of China’s one-child policy.. Wang, who was born in China in the 1980s and later emigrated to America, began shooting the film not long after she gave birth. Through moving interviews with Wang’s own family, former midwives and family planning officials, artists, journalists, and human traffickers, Wang exposes a disastrous 35-year social experiment that had tragic consequences for multiple generations.

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