A MOTHER’S DAY Dozen Watch List

Mothers day is one of America’s big sellers, with all generations of children scrambling to regale their moms with flowers and chocolates and fancy brunches and greeting cards. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), Mother’s Day spending in the United States is expected to reach an all-time high of $35.7 billion this year. But aside from energizing the economy, Mothers’ Day offers an opportunity for some deep thinking about what motherhood means to us all. After all, we all have mothers who birthed us and many of us are mothers to the next generations of our species. That said, the mother-child relationship is universal and, as such, gives rise to as many individual situations and interpretations as there are people who are planted on Mother Earth. Here’s a list of movies worthy of a Mothers’ Day watch.

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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 October 20, 2023 – THE PERSIAN VERSION

A strong-willed mother and her independent daughter butt heads but ultimately gain a greater understanding of each other in Iranian American filmmaker Maryam Keshavarz’ semi-autobiographical dramedy The Persian Version. Switching between narrators and perspectives and jumping back and forth in time between the past and the present to reveal key moments in both women’s lives, it creatively explores tensions connected to cultural conflict and family relationships.

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THE PERSIAN VERSION – Review by T. J. Callahan

Maryam Keshavarz should be proud of her portrayal of her culture and the women in it. The Persian Version is her empowerment film. It’s her homage to the strong Iranian females still fighting for their rights in their own way. The men are on the backburner. Just know this film is two stories in one that bounce back and forth, mostly seamlessly, between each other. Expect subtitles as well as an entertaining ensemble cast with a hint of I Love Lucy. IYKYK

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THE PERSIAN VERSION – Review by Sherin Nicole

While watching The Persian Version I was reminded of a song lyric. “What I need from you is understanding.” That is the core of the film, the idea that if we understood our parents, we might understand how they raised us better. If we connect with the culture of our ancestral homes, we might better perceive the ways we fight against and fight to incorporate our “Americaness.” Maryam Keshavarz’s film is a Persian story, it is an American story, and it’s an Iranian-American story; it is queer and it is about generations of women.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Maryam Keshavarz’s THE PERSIAN VERSION opens theatrically – Brandy McDonnell reports

Maryam Keshavarz’s Sundance Film Festival hit The Persian Version will be released in theaters this autumn. Sony Pictures Classics landed North American rights to the mother-daughter story following its award-winning world premiere at the prestigious Utah film fest. Written, directed, and produced by Keshavarz, the film received a rousing standing ovation and glowing reviews, along with the Audience Award (U.S. Dramatic Competition) and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award (U.S. Dramatic Competition), at Sundance.

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