A thirtysomething woman with brown hair in an updo stands in a doorway, about to enter a room. She wears a large white T-shirt with roses airbrushed on the back. A young man in his 20s with brown hair, a mustache, and a beard stands to her left, looking at her with concern. He wears a white shirt and a loose black tie.

SXSW 2022 Review: “Cha Cha Real Smooth”

The winsome coming-of-age drama “Cha Cha Real Smooth” glides and twirls through the uncertainty of one postgraduate’s life in sweet and surprising ways. More in this review from film site In Their Own League. Continue reading SXSW 2022 Review: “Cha Cha Real Smooth”

SXSW 2022 Review: “Split at the Root”

The documentary “Split at the Root” takes viewers alongside grass-roots advocates who worked to reunite immigrant moms with their children separated at the southern border. More in this review from film site In Their Own League. Continue reading SXSW 2022 Review: “Split at the Root”

At a sidewalk rally in New York City, a black woman in a purple dress speaks into a megaphone. Next to her is a younger black man with sunglasses, a moustache, a beard, and a tropical shirt. Men and women -- many of them black but a few white and Asian -- stand and sit behind them, holding signs with slogans such as "Black Birth Matters."

SXSW 2022 Review: “Aftershock”

The documentary “Aftershock” goes behind the wrenching statistics of the America’s high maternal mortality rate to examine why black mothers have a higher risk of dying. More in this review from film site In Their Own League. Continue reading SXSW 2022 Review: “Aftershock”

Three older white women in closeup. One has short bobbed gray hair and wears a black tee. One has wavy black hair and wears an animal-pattered blouse. The third has layered blonde hair and wears a black jacket with gold studs.

SXSW 2022 review: “Still Working 9 to 5”

More than 40 years after the workplace comedy 9 to 5 showcased three secretaries plotting against their sexist boss, the SXSW 2022 documentary Still Working 9 to 5 reunites stars Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton to talk workplace equality. More in this review from film site In Their Own League. Continue reading SXSW 2022 review: “Still Working 9 to 5”

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SXSW 2022 Review: “Atlas of the Heart”

In a world where we scroll to find the right GIF or emoji for a social media post, best-selling author and researcher Brené Brown wants to give us the words to express ourselves better in the HBO Max series “Atlas of the Heart.” More in this review from film site In Their Own League. Continue reading SXSW 2022 Review: “Atlas of the Heart”

An older woman with mussed hair and wearing a housedress holds a hammer and peers through a pipe.

Sundance 2022 Review: “Leonor Will Never Die”

Movie magic literally works its way into the life of a film director in “Leonor Will Never Die,” a touching meditation on grief woven through a fanciful ode to creativity. In Their Own League reviews Martika Ramirez Escobar’s Sundance 2022 film. Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Leonor Will Never Die”

An older white woman with shoulder-length blonde hair stands lectures in front of a black and white image on a movie screen. She wears a blue blouse and slacks.

“I’m Into an Individual Gaze”: Director Nina Menkes and Colleagues at Sundance 2022 Talk Sexism and Being “Brainwashed”

Director Nina Menkes of the Sundance 2022 documentary “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power,” and her colleagues discuss objectifying film techniques, the male gaze, and encouraging an “individual gaze” for creative filmmaking. Film site In Their Own League has more details. Continue reading “I’m Into an Individual Gaze”: Director Nina Menkes and Colleagues at Sundance 2022 Talk Sexism and Being “Brainwashed”