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“What Happened, Miss Simone?” has been named as the opening film for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The documentary follows the life of artist and activist Nina Simone, and is directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus (The Farm: Angola, USA and Bobby Fischer Against the World). It will air as part of Netflix’s original programming and be available for streaming in 2015. Lisa Nishimura, VP of Original Documentary Programming on ... Read More
Nowadays, with all the extensive medical care, doctors and pain meds available for soon-to-be-mothers, pregnancy seems like a walk in the park! While about 200 years ago, pregnancy was almost like a death sentence, now the prospect of a childbirth-related death is almost unheard of, right? Actually, wrong. Each year childbirth complications kill 4.3 million women and babies worldwide (just as a comparison, AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis kill 4.2 million people ... Read More
In the 1920s and 30s, the twins Violet and Daisy Hilton were as close to being vaudeville royalty as any two people could get.  They were talented performers: they could sing and dance, they played any number of musical instruments, they were witty and charming and crowds of fans flocked to their shows every night.  They also had one other appealing factor: a small piece of flesh on their backs that had conjoined the sisters since the day they were ... Read More
IFC is on a roll. They just keep announcing exciting movie premieres and fun Q&A sessions with independent film’s greatest minds. This time, it’s director Jonathan Demme’s film festival veteran documentary: I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, The Mad, and the Beautiful. The film will debut on September 13 at the NYC IFC Center followed by a Q&A with Demme. I’m Carolyn Parker follows one New Orleans native in her journey to ... Read More
Here in America (and if you’re an international reader, I imagine this is probably true where you live too), we have a basic expectation that our spouse or romantic partner will treat us with respect. That means that we have a right to expect both our physical bodies and our emotional and mental attributes to be given the consideration they deserve. More than that, we believe that everyone in the world—male or female, regardless of their outward and ... Read More
In The Education of Dee Dee Ricks, a documentary airing tonight on HBO, Dee Dee Ricks is a wealthy, materialistic socialite who has everything--including breast cancer. She is lucky to have the money and health insurance to provide herself with her needed health care. But the piling medical bills are a sobering life changer for Dee Dee, as she becomes empathetic to women with breast cancer who aren’t as lucky as she is. Having cancer opens Dee Dee up ... Read More
  You’ve read the interview with Jennifer Siebel Newsom in our Mindy Kaling issue, you’ve heard about the documentary here on our blog, now’s your chance to see the important documentary, Miss Representation, when it premieres on the Oprah Winfrey OWN Network on October 20th!  The documentary delves into the damaging effects of pervasive media which depicts objectifying, negative images of women.  It's a problem that’s right ... Read More
  Produced by husband-and-wife team Kate Clere McIntyre and Michael McIntyre, the new documentary Yogawoman is far more than the flexible poses it depicts. The most joyful documentary I’ve ever seen, Yogawoman harnesses the knowledge and activism of yoga rock stars and takes you on a trip to nine different countries, while providing insight into a variety of yoginis leading a quiet revolution. The filmmakers interviewed over 70 amazing women who have ... Read More
  Anyone who has practiced yoga knows how powerful it can be. Now there's a new documentary film coming out which explores the yoga phenomenon. The documentary, Yogawoman, is narrated by Annette Bening and it tells the story of women finding power and strength through yoga. It deals with women’s personal experiences of empowerment through yoga, but also with the history of yoga itself. It discusses how yoga was brought to the west from India, ... Read More
If you’re anxious to get proactive on women’s issues right now, check out The International Museum of Women’s exciting new online exhibit called Curating Change. This new series is dedicated to the many women who inspire I.M.O.W., which plans to choose one guest curator every two weeks--the first one being Filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom--throughout September and October. Each guest curator will choose art that reflects the global issues that ... Read More
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