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Studies show significant increases in female presence behind the camera over the last decade

Studies show significant increases in female presence behind the camera over the last decade As a feminist film blog, FF2 is thrilled to report that some recent studies have shown significant strides in gender equality in the cinematic world.  The USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, run by Dr. Stacy L. Smith, has been running a study […]

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FF2 Reflects on Month One of TCM’s ‘Women Make Film’ Project

There are times when a member of an older generation mentions something they consider obvious, only to see a glaze form across the face of a member of a younger generation’s. The reference has gone completely over her head. As a child, when I told my parents I hadn’t heard of something, their response would usually be, “So what are they teaching you in school?” This is not to condemn the education I received, but a genuine inquiry: why there are certain surprisingly specific gaps in my knowledge?

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Marie-Louise Iribe pioneered French cinema but is largely forgotten today

TCM will feature films from 12 decades—and representing 44 countries—totaling 100 classic and current titles all created by women. Read more about this here!  Written by FF2 Associate Nicole Ackman  If you search Marie-Louise Iribe’s name on Google, the results don’t yield much information. She was an actress and director of early French cinema, founded […]

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‘Daughters of the Dust’ has risen again

Julie Dash’s 1991 film, Daughters of the Dust, was selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” It explores themes of life vs. death, and old vs. new. Set in 1902, Daughters of the Dust shows the difference between the people who remained living in their traditional lives on one of the islands off the coast of Georgia, and those who chose to emigrate and try a new life on the  mainland of America. 

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My American Cousin (1985) is pretty creepy from a 2020 perspective

TCM will feature films from 12 decades—and representing 44 countries—totaling 100 classic and current titles all created by women. Read more about this here! The 80s were a weird time in American history, because they were far enough along to recognize the problems of the 1950s but not quite far enough along to change almost anything […]

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We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) is more uncomfortably relevant than ever

TCM will feature films from 12 decades—and representing 44 countries—totaling 100 classic and current titles all created by women. Read more about this here!  There’s an otherwise unremarkable scene in We Need To Talk About Kevin that will disorient the 2020 viewer. When psychopathic son Kevin (Ezra Miller) opens the package of bike locks he will […]

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