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Beba Documentary AWFJ.org Review

Millennial New Yorker and woman of color Rebeca “Beba” Huntt directs, writes, and produces her first documentary with Beba, a film centered on her own history, experience, and pain. Though it sounds like the height of self-absorption, it is actually a rare navel-gazer that, it turns out, is actually insightful, raw, and often unflinching in …

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Leave No Trace AWFJ.org Review

When Norman Rockwell began his long association with the Boy Scouts of America, he couldn’t possibly have imagined how much his romanticized, clean-cut, patriotic representation of the organization would aid in building a system tailor-made for pedophiles. The dozens of art images shown as part of the new documentary Leave No Trace are only one way filmmaker …

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Since I Been Down AWFJ.org Review

Since I Been Down is a profoundly emotional experience for those with compassion and concern for where America is in this moment, in terms of the rampant racial inequality and systemic racism continuing to poison the country. Writer/director Gilda Sheppard focuses on Kimonti Carter, who is changing the incarcerated from the inside of the prison system. …

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Skate Dreams SXSW AWFJ.org review

Anyone who thinks women have equality can look to continued the lawsuits and struggles for acceptance for equal pay in the sports world. It can be really depressing. Those who need a jolt of positivity can watch the new documentary Skate Dreams, the first film ever made about the rise of women’s skateboarding. It features profiles …

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Mama Bears SXSW AWFJ.org review

If you’ve ever been to a Pride march, a rally for Human Rights Watch, or some other LGBTQ-centered public gathering, you’ve probably seen them: women of a certain age with tees that say “Free Mom Hugs”. If you’re gay, there’s a good chance at some point they actively tried to restrict your rights. They are …

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The Automat AWFJ.org Review

The new documentary release The Automat teaches many things about the power of nostalgia, the history of New York City, the benevolence of companies long gone, and the egalitarianism of a 5 cent cup of coffee, but before all else, it teaches audiences that Mel Brooks has been and always will be a force. He’s the guy …