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Mira Nair Masters Rhythm & Balance in “Queen of Katwe”

On the five-year anniversary of Queen of Katwe, we celebrate filmmaker Mira Nair! 

This biographical drama is perfect for fans who loved The Queen’s Gambit, as it centers on a young girl who wants to become a chess master. Her name is Phiona Mutesi, and she lives in Katwe, the capital of Uganda. In real life, Phiona represented Uganda at four Women’s Chess Olympiads and is one of the first titled female players in Ugandan chess history.read more.

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Lesbian Theme in “Mädchen in Uniform” Boldly Feminist in 1931

Today is the 90th anniversary of Leontine Sagan’s Mädchen in Uniform! The revolutionary German film premiered in 1931 and remains one of the most strikingly feminist movies to this day. It follows a young girl sent to an all-girls boarding school who develops a romantic attachment to her teacher. It is based on a play by Christa Winsloe titled Yesterday and Today.read more.

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Sally Potter Maps Geographical Spaces and Historical Times

“You can’t really divorce women’s struggles in the world from women’s [struggles] in the cinema. As long as there’s hierarchy it means that women are somehow secondary or second class or less than. That’s going to be reflected in movies because films are the most powerful medium to reflect back society’s view of itself.”read more.

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Queen of Comedy Amy Poehler — No Limit to Her Potential

Often dubbed the modern-day queen of comedy (not to be confused with her best friend and frequent acting partner, Tina Fey, who you can read more about in this FF2 article by Katusha Jin), actress, writer, producer and director Amy Poehler celebrates her birthday today!

A Massachusetts native, Poehler graduated from Boston College before deciding to pursue comedy professionally in Chicago.… read more.

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“Big Eyes” World of Margaret Keane Always Authentic Then & Now

Margaret Keane, one of the most successful living artists since the 1960s, celebrates her 94th birthday today! Keane is known for her paintings of large-eyed, childlike figures, which ultimately inspired the 2014 Tim Burton film, Big Eyes, starring Amy Adams in a dazzling performance as Margaret Keane. read more.

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Indomitable Actress Melissa Leo Conquers Screens of Every Size

File:Melissa Leo.jpgFrom winning an Academy Award to a Golden Globe to an Emmy to a Critics’ Choice to a Screen Actors Guild Award (the list goes on!), Melissa Leo has made us laugh, cry and everything in between. Today, we wish this acting icon a very happy birthday!

Leo’s performance in the popular soap opera All My Children jump-started her career, earning her the aforementioned Emmy win, and leading to further appearances in television series as well as films.… read more.

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