Whistler Film Festival 2019: Rebecca Snow on PANDORA’S BOX – Jennifer Merin interviews

In Pandora’s Box, filmmaker Rebecca Snow deals with a central issue in women’s struggle for gender equality by revealing how for generations women have been shamed, ostracized, and silenced, because they menstruate. Pandora’s Box unmasks the global pandemic of menstrual inequity and period poverty. The powerful stories that emerge raise public consciousness of #Menstrual Equity, a global movement that is going mainstream. Pandora’s Box is among the female-directed films nominated for an AWFJ EDA Award aft Whistler Film Festival 2019. Her insightful comments on the making and meaning of pandora’s Box are fascinating.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 22, 2019: SHOOTING THE MAFIA

Anyone who’s ever winced at the mob violence and manipulation in The Godfather will quickly realize it has nothing on the real-life crimes of the Italian Mafia, as captured through Letitzia Battaglia’s talented eye and focused lens. The fearless photographer is the subject of Kim Longinotto’s fascinating documentary Shooting the Mafia.

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RONDA ROUSEY: THROUGH MY FATHER’S EYES – Review by Lauren Bradshaw

Rhonda Rousey: Through My Father’s Eyes is a poignant documentary that pays tribute to a pioneer in the fighting arena. Much of the film is centered around Rousey’s success in making the male-dominated fighting world recognize her talent. But it’s clear that her natural ability, dedication, and spirit transcends her gender. No matter who she faces in the octagon or even in front of the camera, Rousey is a force to be reckoned with.

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SHOOTING THE MAFIA – Review by Sheila Roberts

The brutal atrocities of life and death under the Mafia have rarely been captured in such a riveting way as they were by acclaimed Italian photojournalist Letizia Battaglia, the fascinating subject of filmmaker Kim Longinotto’s engrossing documentary, Shooting the Mafia. Battaglia’s photos encompassed the gamut of Sicilian life starting in the early 1970s, but the vast majority focused on violent Mafia crimes and their impact on the people of Palermo. Battaglia acknowledges that making a living documenting terrifying violence and receiving death threats, took an emotional toll, but she rarely let fear stop her. She knew she was being watched, and she learned quickly how to cough to conceal the click of her camera at the victims’ funerals.

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SHOOTING THE MOB – Review by Leslie Combemale

Battaglia had a fearlessness that is powerfully feminist, and the viewers experience her complicated perspective as an Italian woman with a passion for her work. We are drawn into her conflicted feelings about a subject matter that, at its core, expresses violence, cruelty. and pain. Shooting the Mafia is imperfect, but it shines a light on a complicated woman and truly compelling artist.

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RAISE HELL: THE LIFE & TIMES OF MOLLY IVINS – Review by Brandy McDonnell

The film zippily chronicles her journalism career – including a stint at the New York Times, which brought her in because of her incandescent personality and then rapidly tried to dim it – culminating in her acceptance in 1981 of an offer from the Dallas Times Herald to have “complete freedom” in writing her column, which was eventually syndicated in 300 to 400 newspapers across the country.

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MAKING WAVES : THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND – Review by Carol Cling

If you consider film to be a strictly visual medium, you don’t know the half of it. At least not until you see Making Waves. Subtitled The Art of Cinematic Sound, this movie buff’s dream of a documentary develops a compelling exploration — and celebration — of sound on screen.

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