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Interview with Amma Asante, director of A United Kingdom

Director Amma Asante on the set of A United Kingdom. Photo by Stanislav Honzik. © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved A United Kingdom, a film based on historic events, is being released just after Valentine’s Day on February 17th here in the states. Directed by Amma Asante, a UK-born daughter of …

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Toni Erdmann Review: See this Winning, Woman-Directed, Oscar Nominated Film

Oscar nominations were announced this week.  Women working behind the camera inside and outside Hollywood and their supporters around the world were chagrined, if unsurprised, to see the list of Best Director nominations comprised entirely of men.  Worse yet, director Mel Gibson, who has been accused of anti-Semitism and repeated domestic violence, took the place …

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The Ten Best Women-Directed Films of 2016

The Ten Best Women-Directed Films of 2016 With the beginning of 2017, we have to stay positive about the changes, however slow, that are happening in the film community for women in film.  Parity won’t ever happen without agitating for equality and consideration in terms of women film directors and all production artists working below …

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THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN review: Sweet Sharp-Edged Cinema

If any of you people have more than five years in the rearview mirror of leaving yourself at seventeen behind, let me remind you.  It isn’t any kind of fun.  I mean, Janis Ian’s song says it all.  In case you’d like a refresher, this week’s release THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN is ready and able …

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THE EAGLE HUNTRESS movie review: One Young Lady’s Gender-Busting Landscape

A documentary has flown in just when parents of little girls are looking for ways to reaffirm their power, and its name is THE EAGLE HUNTRESS.  The movie follows Aisholpan, a 13 year old nomadic child who lives in the Altai Mountains in Central and East Asia, who decides she wants to become an eagle …

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THE WOMEN OF KUNG FU PANDA 3: How Girlpower Reigns at DreamWorks

THE WOMEN OF KUNG FU PANDA 3: How Girlpower Reigns at DreamWorks The best representations of Girlpower are those where women lead by example, going beyond gender to erase bias altogether.  As the media has covered lately, it’s a challenge that continues.  Three women at DreamWorks, who have worked together on the entire Kung Fu …

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Cinema Siren’s Top Ten Movies of 2015

What a year! Some supposed blockbusters fell flat and others broke records.  Lots of indie films got the audiences they were hoping for, while others still need our help.  One particularly great thing happened this year: a conversation in and around Hollywood and its press began about women in film, as directors, actors, and film …

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