A MAN’S PLACE – Reviewed by Marilyn Ferdinand

In her documentary feature debut, French director and screenwriter Coline Grando examines what a man’s place is with regard to abortion. In a featureless room, Grando interviews five French-speaking Belgian men between the ages of 20 and 40 who all had to deal with an unplanned pregnancy. All five were reluctant to talk about their experience and probably were persuaded to do so only because their interviewer was a woman. It’s not something men talk to each other about, one of her subjects says.

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RUTH STONE’S VAST LIBRARY OF THE FEMALE MIND – Review by Marilyn Ferdinand

Most people have no idea who Ruth Stone is. Our modern society is too prosaic and lacking in subtle feeling to pay attention to poetry and the people who write it. Stone herself didn’t know how to promote her work, dooming her to become a “poet’s poet” whose works the wider world never found. Yet, in a short 77 minutes, Jacobson not only tells us who Ruth Stone was, but also why we should pay attention to her and her poetry.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: OVID.tv’s August streaming slate focuses on women’s issues – Brandy McDonnell reports

OVID.tv, a subscription video on demand service for streaming independent documentaries, art-house and global cinema, has revealed its August slate of 22 releases for its second annual Doc Month. Every film in August is a documentary, all of which will be exclusively streaming on OVID. The August lineup includes several documentaries directed by women, and many of these films highlight timely topics, including abortion, access to contraception and more.

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