Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

Wonder Women! hits us right where it counts, offering a nuanced critique of gender and heroism in popular culture… Reveals the complicated negotiations girls and women face as we attempt to achieve confidence, strength, and agency in a society often at odds with those goals. Mary Celeste Kearney, Associate Professor of Media Studies, University of…

Wadjda‎ وجدة‎

The first film by a woman in Saudi Arabia exposes the country’s denial of women’s rights while giving Muslim feminism a voice. Hopefully a film like Wadjda will expose not only the systematic denial of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, but also make us think more about the actual women in that country, trying to…

Not One Less | 一个都不能少 | Yīgè dōu bùnéng shǎo

In Not One Less, Zhang delivers a painful lesson in economics, in which every cent counts. This equation is masterfully handled by Zhang with his own ineffable sense of economy. A single piece of chalk becomes a moving instrument in his hands, once its price is revealed. Zhang exposes a hard country, where even a simple…

Bande de filles

The characters themselves sparked the project. The teenage girls that I would regularly see hanging out in the vicinity of Paris’ Les Halles shopping center, or in the metro, sometimes in Gare du Nord train station: always in a gang, loud, lively, dancing. Wanting to delve deeper, I sought out their blogs and came to…

Bellissima

Born into a prominent family of Milanese aristocrats, Luchino Visconti had a rare perspective on social class and familial tradition that informs his work. His films, small at first, grew to operatic proportions as his career went on, with a thematic grandeur to equal their visual opulence. Bellissima is an intriguing portrait into the film…

Roma

Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, which opens with the deceptively effortless image of soapy water splashing across on a tile floor, builds like a symphony. The melody is a relatively simple one, following a domestic worker named Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) and the family that employs her as they deal with the fallout of abandonment and pregnancy. The…