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The latest and last installment of the MAKERS documentary series, “Women in Politics,” airs tonight at 9/8c on PBS. Narrated by Alfre Woodard, the continuing struggle for female representation in politics is personified in the stories of  Shirley Chisholm, Olympia Snowe, and Hillary Clinton, among others.   Just in time to make us feel really satisfied about voting today, right? (Go vote. Read More
In sex ed I was taught about menstruation. I was sent home with sanitary napkin samples and tampon samples wrapped in cheery, bubbly packaging that was excitedly embellished with glitter and hot pink. I was given the same information every single year, so that I honestly had no excuse if I didn’t know what to do by the time my period rolled around. This is common in the United States. But as the documentary film, Menstrual Man (2014, available on Vimeo) highlights, the attitudes surrounding menstruation are very different and much less positive in India. Read More
Two years ago, producer Amy Ziering and director Kirby Dick released an unflinching documentary that exposed a culture of sexual violence and rape in the US military and the institutional bureaucracy that was either designed or manipulated to ignore, mishandle, and ostracize those who challenged that culture.   Now, the filmmakers have turned to another “invisible war" — sexual violence and rape on the college campus and the institutional bureaucracy that is either designed or manipulated to ignore, mishandle, and ostracize those who challenge that culture. Read More
The trailer for “Happy Valley,” the documentary focusing on Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno and the sexual molestation cover-up that occurred at Penn State, came out earlier this week.   Amir Bar Lev, the director best known for “The Tillman Story,” hopes that the film “provokes people to ask themselves questions about their own pantheon of saints and heroes and villains.” The film, set for release on Nov. 19, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and won the Best Documentary Feature at the Sarasota Film Festival. Read More
At the end of our first decade without her piercing and original insight, Susan Sontag is being profiled in a new documentary that debuts on HBO December 8. In Regarding Susan Sontag director Nancy Kates, who reintroduced activist Bayard Rustin to US history in her previous doc, Brother Outsider, tracks the evolution of an outspoken and provocative political, literary, and social critic. Read More