MOVIE OF THE WEEK December 22, 2023: Best MOTWs of 2023

Team #MOTW looks back at the films we featured during 2023 and highlights our favorites. There are many things about 2023 that we want to forget, but these femme-helmed/femme centric films that brought inspiration, understanding, compassion, and respite replete with laughter are not among them — and they must not slip into oblivion. Their themes, topics and genres are diverse, and each one of them is a gem. Add them to your watch list. Share the titles with friends. To find out more about each of the selected films, click on the titles for links to our full #MOTW coverage. Enjoy all of AWFJ’s Best #MOTWs of 2023.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 3, 2023: SUBJECT

True crime podcasts, “murder shows,” and documentary films that expose the darker side of humanity have never been more popular — and there’s no denying they can be fun to listen to and watch. But what happens to the interviewees when the cameras stop rolling? What do the real-life people featured in documentaries give up when they agree to be filmed? The ethics of documentary filmmaking are at the heart of Jennifer Tiexiera and Camilla Hall’s fascinating, thought-provoking Subject.

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SUBJECT – Review by Pam Grady

There is a built-in irony in this provocative documentary. Its subject, as the title so baldly states, is the subjects of documentaries and how these films continue to impact their lives long after the circus of filmmaking has moved on and a curious public has had an intimate glimpse into their lives. The doc is a fascinating film, creating more questions about the ethics of documentary filmmaking even as it attempts to find answers to one of documentary makers’ most basic quandaries and becoming part of that ethical argument itself.

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SUBJECT – Review by Nikki Fowler

Jennifer Tiexiera and Camilla Hall shed light on a subject that could easily slip by our radar: the impact of documentaries and their ability to trend. With sensational voyeuristic fascination, the masses consume this fly on the wall world of real life through docuseries and films, But viewers are not aware that the documentary subjects are sometimes unsuspecting victims to exploitation — whether it’s whether unintentional or calculated.

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SUBJECT – Review by Cate Marquis

Subject takes a look at the ethics of documentary filmmaking, and particularly at what happens after the film is released. There are interviews with numerous people who were in documentaries as subjects or other participants, but not the directors of those films. There are, however, other documentary directors speaking about documentary filmmaking, just not about their own films – except where the director and the subject are the same person. Documentaries are having a moment right now, and even have become part of pop culture. We assume (or would like to assume) that what a documentary presents is true but is that always the case.

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SUBJECT – Review by Nell Minow

Over the past 25 years, documentaries have become not just a vital part of the world of film but an essential category of journalism, covering every possible aspect of culture, society, law, crime, politics, education, sports, history, science, and family life. While some documentaries are more explicitly presented as the perspective of the filmmaker, other ‘fly on the wall’ observational documentaries attempt to be objective. However, in reality every documentary is an edited version of reality.

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