MOVIE OF THE WEEK October 21, 2022: BRAINWASHED: SEX-CAMERA-POWER

Filmmaker Nina Menkes – the groundbreaking director of Magdalena Viraga, Queen of Diamonds, and more — offers a master class in film theory, feminism, and gender roles in the fascinating, enlightening documentary BRAINWASHED: Sex-Camera-Power. Using clips from nearly 200 movies covering the full breadth of cinema history, she makes her point clearly and factually: The mechanics of moviemaking are undeniably objectifying and sexist, contributing to the institutionalized misogyny of rape culture and toxic masculinity. Popcorn, anyone?

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AWFJ Zoom Interview with Nina Menkes and Maria Giese on BRAINWASHED: SEX-CAMERA-POWER (Exclusive)

Compiling nearly 200 clips since 1896 from popular, classic, and indie films, Brainwashed analyzes certain filmmaking techniques that continually view women as objects. Producer and cinema activist Maria Giese joins Nina to discuss the documentary and its implications with members of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN on the Equality Front: JLaw’s Stand, EEOC Hearings, Gender Switching & Censored Women Film Fest – Brandy McDonnell reports

Jennifer Lawrence assails unequal pay, receives wide support from colleagues and fans. Filmmaker Maria Giese is first to testify at EEOC hearings. Expect more male characters to be rewritten for women. Censored Women’s Film Fest debuts in November in DC. And more in this week’s THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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