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A Simple Wedding AWFJ.org review

Let’s be honest. There’s really no such thing as a simple wedding. Writer/director Sara Zandieh drives this home in her new rom-com A Simple Wedding, starring the gorgeous and hilarious Tara Grammy. I love seeing films by women that center on women coming from or representing other cultures. It brings me such joy to see an American comedy …

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Beanpole AWFJ.org review

There are not enough Tom and Jerry cartoons in existence to compensate for the level of hopelessness represented in the Russian film Beanpole, which won its director/co-writer Kantemir Balagov the Un Certain Regard Best Director Prize at Cannes in 2019. Two women are at the center of a story that takes place in the last days …

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Chichinette: The Accidental Spy AWFJ review

For decades after the war, Marthe Huffnung Cohn, the subject of Nicola Alice Hens’s documentary Chichinette: The Accidental Spy, didn’t talk about her experience as a Holocaust survivor and Nazi fighter during World War II. “People want to talk about the future, not the past”, says the 90-something diminutive powerhouse of energy. It was only recently …

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Sundance 2020: Female-Directed Films

As many already know, and everyone should celebrate Sundance because the festival, though it still has a long way to go in terms of representing diverse female voices, is coming close to parity in their programming of films. Wouldn’t it be nice for other prominent film festivals like Cannes and Venice to follow suit. All they have …