Currently Browsing: February 12, 2014

Athena Film Festival (2014)

Spent all of last weekend at the 4th annual Athena Film Festival at Barnard College (accompanied by Rich on Fri & Sat but not on Sun). Wow! New Films I Saw at the 2014 Athena Film Festival: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs Farah Goes Bang Geraldine Ferraro: […]

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ALICE WALKER

Seen at the 4th annual Athena Film Festival at Barnard College. Pratibha Parmar’s well-assembled BioDoc Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth was made for the PBS series “American Masters,” ensuring Parmar terrific access to all the essential people in Walker’s world-historic life. Best-known as the author of the controversial Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple, Walker grew up in […]

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AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY

Seen at the 4th annual Athena Film Festival at Barnard College. In 2005, filmmaker Grace Lee released a terrific doc called The Grace Lee Project. Lee’s goal in this “project” was to seek out women named “Grace Lee” all around the USA (a huge number, especially in the Korean-American community) to see for herself if all Grace […]

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FARAH GOES BANG

Seen at the 4th annual Athena Film Festival at Barnard College. 3 LA gal pals drive to Ohio in late October of 2004 to help John Kerry’s Presidential Campaign with a final “big push” in a Must-Win state. Roopa (Deol) is the organizer, KJ (Erickson) is the anti-war activist, & Farah (Boosheri) is the American-born […]

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GERALDINE FERRARO

Seen at the 4th annual Athena Film Festival at Barnard College. In Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way, a daughter–Donna Zaccaro–pays loving tribute to a Mom who just happens to be a world-historical figure. Geraldine Ferraro (“Geri”) was the first woman ever nominated for Vice President of the USA. Ground-breaking! Crowds cheered! But then she got crushed… Growing […]

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TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE

Seen at the 4th annual Athena Film Festival at Barnard College. Tall as the Baobab Tree is a superb story directed by Jeremy Teicher (& co-written by Alexi Pappas) about a teenage girl in Senegal coming face-to-face with her first moral dilemma. When a financial crisis hits, her father decides to keep “Coumba” (Dior Kâ) in […]

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