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Márta Mészáros ‘Adoption’ Revolutionizes Motherhood in 1975

Join us in celebrating the 46th anniversary of Márta Mészáros’ emotional drama, Adoption! Her movie broke new ground for feminist filmmaking by exploring the act of motherhood in a strikingly unconventional way in 1975. It tells the story of a woman factory worker, Kata, who — in her forties — wants to adopt a neglected child.read more.

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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’ Was 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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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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Alice Wu Has No Patience with the ‘Perpetual Foreigner Syndrome’

As the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival kicks off this week, we remember the TIFF premiere of Alice Wu’s Saving Face on this day, 17 years ago! The romantic comedy follows Wil (Michelle Krusiec), a lesbian in a budding relationship with an openly gay dancer, Vivian (Lynn Chen). Simultaneously, her widowed mother, Hwei-lan (Joan Chen), finds herself pregnant out of wedlock.read more.

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Virtual Art Vs. Live Art: What Art Enthusiasts Will Enjoy After Lockdown

Since spring of 2020, the pandemic has shut off some of the most loved places for art enthusiasts, hobbyists, and collectors. The artists themselves have lost out on opportunities to showcase their training, their talents, and ultimately the chance to progress their careers. For the audience, we’ve had to omit any in-person experiences from our calendars, which are probably filled with events that have been crossed out with notes of postponement again and again.
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