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Check out the new trailer from reporters Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's three-part documentary series, A Path Appears, premiering in January 2015 on PBS. The inspiring series will provide a voice for women around the world facing gender-based oppression and explore solutions to widespread social ills.   Like their earlier book-turned-film, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the new docu-series shows ... Read More
  The film version of “Miss Julie” directed by Liv Ullman, and based on the play by August Strindberg, opens up with a young Julie running around an empty house. The child is both lonely and motherless, perhaps giving some context for actions and decisions of an adult Julie, played brilliantly by Jessica Chastain, who is both desperate for and revolted by the affection of others.   The story takes place in Ireland, during Midsummer’s ... Read More
Back when Olive Kitteridge premiered on HBO, Frances McDormand, who acted in and produced the miniseries that spans 25 years of an abrasive New England math teacher’s life, reigned in her ranting and gave an eloquent interview about aging with Katie Couric. The 57-year-old actor-producer explained to the 57-year-old anchor why she feels rage and sadness when women doggedly pursue eternal youth. It was a little awkward, given that with the thick schmear of ... Read More
  Zero Motivation is a new film about two young women who perform their mandatory military service as office workers in an army base under a rigid Israeli leader. Tayla Lavie’s black comedy tackles a new approach to the very male-dominated genre of war films, namely a military movie from a female perspective that is also written and directed by a woman.  The film is broken into three chapters and centers on the power struggles of three females. Two ... Read More
In Norah Shapiro’s documentary, Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile, a Tibetan-American teenageer leaves home in Minnesota, dons a bikini and high heels, and heads to Dharamsala, India to vie for the crown of Miss Tibet. The film follows Tenzin Khecheo on an unusual search for her “Tibetan-ness” by way of a western-style beauty pageant staged by an eccentric impresario in the Indian region home to the exiled Tibetan government. Personally, I have a ... Read More
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