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14th Annual Athena Film Festival Honors Marginalized Voices

From February 29-March 3, Barnard College hosted its 14th Annual Athena Film Festival, celebrating the voices of female, nonbinary, and gender expansive individuals. As this is my second year attending the festival, if last year indicated the caliber of film, I looked forward to exploring what this year’s festival had to offer.read more.

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‘Ask for Jane’ director Rachel Carey: A Socially-Conscious Storyteller

Ask for Jane was released five years ago today! It is a moving period film about Chicago’s Jane Collective. Telling the story of the group of women who set out to provide safe abortions in a pre-Roe v. Wade era in a way that is both emotionally resonant and informative was a big challenge. It was a challenge which filmmaker Rachel Carey accepted and knocked out of the park. read more.

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‘The Janes’: Inspiring Documentary about Pre-Roe/ProRoe Activism

Directors Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes mix archival footage from the 1960’s with modern-day interviews in The Janes, thereby creating an illuminating and extremely topical documentary. The Jane Collective was a group of Chicago women who provided care to thousands of women in the years immediately prior to the Roe versus Wade decision of 1972.… read more.

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“How Long?” Art & Life Run Parallel for the Cast Members of ‘Suffs’

“How long must women wait for liberty?”

These words are the last words spoken by pioneering feminist Inez Mulholland before collapsing onstage in the new musical Suffs, which just ended its historic and widely-covered run at The Public Theatre (one of NYC’s most prestigious Off-Broadway venues) on May 29th.… read more.

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Civia Tamarkin’s ‘Birthright’ Fights for Women’s Rights

The reaction from a title like Birthright: A War Story is undeniably intentional in Civia Tamarkin’s new documentary. The war against women’s rights because of reproductive laws passed in recent years are having a horrific and alarming impact on the rights of women; both infringing on what was outlined when Roe v.read more.

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: JACKSON

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival

By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html

I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights Watch’s exposés of terrible injustices around the world, and even, sometimes, give the audience hope.  read more.

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