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Director Ritu Sarin on challenges and triumphs of representing Tibet in Cinema

Director Ritu Sarin discusses her latest effort, The Sweet Requiem, which chronicles one young woman’s experience as she processes the aftermath of escaping Chinese-occupied Tibet.

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World Malala Day—remembering the fight for equality in education

In celebration of World Malala Day, China Women’s Film Festival organizes a screening of “Gul Makai”, a film based on Malala Yousafzai’s life.

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Queer Your Queue: Lesbian period pieces to watch after ‘The Favourite’

Our readers may have seen that I had a lot of thoughts about The Favourite and its use of queer characters in a period piece. My main point in that article was that the stories we tell influence our internal realities, which then affects how we interact with our external realities. While simply watching “woke” […]

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‘The Favourite’ Queers The Past And The Present

I’m currently on a mission to get every queer person I know to see The Favourite. You could say it’s my “Favourite” movie of 2018, and since I’m writing this in late December you can really tell I’ve seen everything the year has to offer and chosen this decadent lesbian sweetmeat of a film out […]

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“Spartacus Moments” Part III: What Happened?

Jeff Flake’s “Spartacus Moment” demanding that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford be heard was followed by a second attempt at wielding a Spartacus-worthy spine. Flake was the sole GOP to demand an FBI investigation. However, the call for utter justice was not emphatic enough. Lady Liberty has been suffocated. The US Senate has failed Ford, as […]

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“Spartacus Moments” Part II: Why do they Matter?

In the now routinely mind-numbing news cycle, Republican politicians and pundits have mocked the concept of a “Spartacus Moment.” Attempting to use this reference to denounce the ripple Senator Booker set off, they jabbed at the democratic actions in places like twitter and the news. Well, they were wrong to do so. For even one […]

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Silenced in reality, sexual assault survivors tell their stories on screen

How our culture accepts these stories matters. The people making these stories matter. The more women that push through the door to tell their stories by writing, directing and producing films, the more their messages will be spread throughout the country and into the minds of people who live, grow and vote in America.

Read below as the FF2 Media team reflects on works of fiction (in both film and television) and nonfiction that have respectfully and dutifully depicted sexual assault survivors.

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“Spartacus Moments” Part I: What is a Spartacus Moment?

On the heels of the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination hearings, the powerhouse of media messages continue their divisive output of opinions, scrutiny and attitude towards sexual assault victims.

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Marley Clements and Laura DuBois sound a political alarm in ‘Active Measures’

What makes The Year of Spectacular Men so special is the fact that the film stars a real-life Hollywood family, Madelyn “Maddie” Deutch, Zoey Deutch and their mother Lea Thompson, all of whom took major roles behind the camera for the first time.

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Onscreen Queens: Gender disparity in royal biopics

Prince Harry’s May 19 royal wedding to American actress and activist Meghan Markle is dominating mainstream media and giving royal enthusiasts an excuse to revisit their favorite English stories in preparation for the big day. Though Netflix’s excellent first two seasons of The Crown would be a great place to start, there have been a number of outstanding films made about European royal families.

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Women take back the mic in new hashtag campaign

In honor of Michelle Wolf’s comments at the White House Correspondents Dinner, FF2 Media is launching the new hashtag #WomenTakeBackTheMic

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NYWIFT Sponsors Celebrate 11th Annual SWAN Day

New York Woman in Film & Television (NYWIFT) hosted its 11th annual International SWAN Day program at SVA Theatre in collaboration with traditional co-sponsors HerFlix, ImageNation, SAG-AFTRA, WAM and WMM. This year, for the second year in a row, AAWIC also folded this event into their annual African American Women in Cinema Film Festival. As […]

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Best Performance: Is It Time For Gender Neutral Acting Awards?

First of a Series for FF2 Media by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto As many of you probably saw, the Golden Globe nominations were announced on Monday. You know what that means—time for this year’s gauntlet of award shows! And when I say “gauntlet,” I mean it in the medieval sense. For those of you who don’t know, a […]

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Hillary Clinton is ‘The Woman in the Moon’

“The Woman in the Moon” is a Barbra Streisand song from the album and film A Star is Born (1976 film). Songwriters: Paul H. Williams and Kenny Ascher © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group. Disclaimer: FF2 Media does not own these photos.

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9/12/17: WHAT HAPPENED is released in the day Hillary’s Auxiliary Turns Two :-)

“What Happened” TODAY! I started the morning ~ 6 AM at the Hyatt on Union Square I left my room ~ 6:15 & then I dashed 2 blocks to the Barnes & Noble on 17th Street. It is now 5:25 & I am finally I am home again. It took ~ 8 hours to get thru […]

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The Wedding Plan & The Woman’s Balcony: A Tale of 2 Screenplays

FF2 Media Editor-in-Chief Jan Lisa Huttner explores the implicit misogyny of religious fundamentalism in a compare/contrast of two recent Israeli films. It can’t just be that I was no fan of Rama Burshtein’s first film Fill the Void. I had heard raves about her second film — The Wedding Plan — from people I love and respect, […]

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Roger Ailes leaves tarnished legacy

Former chairman and CEO of FOX, Roger Ailes, died May 19 of complications from a fall he suffered last week. He was 77. Ailes was known for being a political advisor for presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and is remembered as being a loving husband and father. An alleged offender of […]

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Pulchronomics plays prominent role with women in media

  Pulchronomics. What is it? It is all about how far physical attractiveness can get a person in life – especially at work. I did a two-part piece called Pulchronomics 101  back in 2011, focusing on how women used their looks to get what was needed or wanted in the workplace. Part two, Media Babes, detailed the […]

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Women in media facing sexism, exclusivity

In my 2011 Pulchronomics 101 piece, I wrote about whether or not there was an advantage for women in media who were deemed attractive. Based on a Newsweek survey, the study found that attractive women had a greater advantage at work or finding jobs more so if they wore form fitting clothing. At the same […]

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Contributor reflects on ban, ‘Muslims are people’

My father is Jewish, my mother is Methodist, and when I was in high school my family opened up our home over the summer to an Indonesian girl named Astrid. Astrid was about the same age as I was. Throughout her stay with my family and I, we all discovered how much we had in […]

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I WILL BE HEARD

From Editor-in-Chief Jan Lisa Huttner: FF2 Media is proud to publish this spoken word poem by Lindsy M. Bissonnette, one response by one member of our team to the 2016 Election. We now look to the future; there is much work to do!  Head down. Don’t make eye contact. Don’t let the friction and electricity in […]

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Michael Moore in Trumpland (2016)

In his new film Michael Moore in Trumpland,  the cinematic gadfly asks himself a really important question: “Since Hillary Clinton has always supported MY work, why have I done so little (so far) to support HER as a Presidential candidate?” Great Question, MM!!! The film ends with an exhilarating imagining of all the genuinely Progressive things a President Hillary […]

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2 Weeks on Troll Patrol

Confessions of a Sub Admin by Dani d’Arge A few weeks ago, I had another sleepless night. Imagine that, a 54 year old widow, alone in her country home, not getting a wink – too hot, too worried about the election, with a cat trying to sleep in her face. As if writing research reports about […]

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TRUTH: Why 2004 Matters!

Cate Blanchett gives one of her greatest performances as embattled CBS 60 Minutes Producer Mary Mapes in Truth. (JLH: 5/5) Rant by FF2 Managing Editor Jan Lisa Huttner Full Disclosure: I grew up in an NBC/Newsweek home. Way back in the 1950–before media had so many “narrowcast” options–most American households fell into one of two […]

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Two Roads Diverge…

I joined the Chicago Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in 1983. That was one year after I married Richard (on 6/27/82), and part of the emotional process of relinquishing my hopes for an academic career. I didn’t know where the future would lead, I only knew that although I would probably […]

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HRC: 9/12/15

Today, one day after the 14th Anniversary of 9/11/01, I am officially kicking off a new grassroots initiative called HILLARY’S AUXILIARY. I have actually been thinking about this for quite some time now, but I was absorbed by a million different “little things” (both personal & professional), so I never quite got to it… Today, however, […]

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HRC ’92

In November 1992–right before the election of William Jefferson Clinton–Richard & I were invited to a rally at Navy Pier in Chicago… It was called “Cook County Young Democrats Welcome Hillary & Tipper” (or something like that)… So I sent in our reservation forms, and sometime that morning, I bought myself one of those big […]

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