MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 17: THE BREADWINNER

motw logo 1-35The hardship of being female under Taliban rule is agonizingly clear in The Breadwinner, an engaging and heartwrenching animated tale about a girl who must pretend to be a boy so she can provide for her impoverished and beleaguered family. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 10: MUDBOUND

motw logo 1-35Telling the intertwining stories of two families — one white, one black — living on the same piece of rural Mississippi farmland in the 1940s, Dee ReesMudbound blends strong performances, notable cinematography, and heartbreaking human drama. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 3, 2017: 11/8/16

motw logo 1-35Whether your Democrat or Republican, left or right wing, this election day documentary challenge you to think about how we make political decisions and the consequences of decisions we make. Beautifully edited, shot by a consortium of documentary filmmakers working simultaneously across the nation, 11/8/16 is a compelling, patchwork overview of our cultural landscape and political process. A must see. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK: Best Femme-Helmed, Femme-Centric Films of 2017, November Update

Focusing on films directed by women and those featuring strong female characters in female-centric stories, AWFJ’s Team #MOTW endorses one Movie of The Week. In August, Team #MOTW listed our favorite films to date — some #MOTW selections, others not. We’re updating that list to include August to November releases. 2017’s films by and about women presents a rich array of female talent, skill and artistic accomplishment. We hope they’ll see a fare share of appreciation during awards season Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK: October 27: NOVITIATE

motw logo 1-35Writer/director Margaret Betts’ first feature is a compelling drama that tells the sometimes-bleak story of Cathleen, an earnest young woman who decides to take the veil in the early 1960s, as Vatican II reforms dictated changes in the cloistered lives of women religious. Novitiate is a stunning eye-opener. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK October 13, 2017: TAKE MY NOSE…PLEASE!

motw logo 1-35Any woman dissatisfied with her appearance will find something to relate to in “Take My Nose … Please!” Documentarian Joan Kron (a first-time director at age 89!) blends personal stories with a broader survey of media impact on female body image to create a film that’s simultaneously provocative and empathetic (as well as frequently laugh-out-loud funny). Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK September 22 – 29, 2017: BATTLE OF THE SEXES

motw logo 1-35Battle of the Sexes focuses on the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell), but the movie is about more than that hyped game. It’s about acknowledging and accepting who you are, standing up for what you believe, and using your voice to fight for people who need you. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK September 15 to 22, 2017: DOLORES

motw logo 1-35Peter Bratt’s compelling documentary profile chronicles feminist activist Dolores Huerta’s complex life story and her ongoing struggle for human rights,while also serving as a timeline of the wide-ranging activism of the mid/late 20th century. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK September 8 to 15: STRONG ISLAND

motw logo 1-35Infuriating, fascinating, and deeply emotional, Strong Island is the story of filmmaker Yance Ford’s search for an explanation and accounting of why the man who killed his brother was never charged with the crime and walked away without any punishment. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK September 1- 8: SCHOOL LIFE

motw logo 1-35School Life, director Neasa Ní Chianáin’s sweetly pellucid portrait of Headfort School in County Kells, Ireland feels like a sojourn in another simpler age. Inside the school’s rambling hallways and comfortably shambolic classrooms, a proper education, in all senses of the term, is unfolding. Continue reading…

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