Sundance 2022 Review: “Aftershock”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 86 minutes Directors: Paula Eiselt and Tonya Lewis Lee By Morgan Roberts The United States has an alarming maternal mortality rate. But the maternal mortality rate is highest among Black women. “Aftershock” explores the systemic racism seeped in maternal care and those fighting for justice in memory of those lost to this negligence. Shamony Gibson and Amber Rose Isaac were expecting mothers, … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Aftershock”

Sundance Interview with “Sirens” Director Rita Baghdadi

By Morgan Roberts Premiering at this year’s Sundance, “Sirens” is a documentary feature film following the lives of the women in the Lebanese metal band Slave to Sirens. The film explores the complexities of being in an all-female band, being misunderstood by society, and finding one’s voice. The film is directed by Moroccan-American filmmaker Rita Baghdadi. Baghdadi’s first feature film, “My Country No More,” was … Continue reading Sundance Interview with “Sirens” Director Rita Baghdadi

Sundance 2022 Review: “Sirens”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 78 minutes Director: Rita Baghdadi By Morgan Roberts “Sirens”(2022) is a documentary film which gives audiences an intimate look into lives of the women of the band Slave to Sirens. Slave to Sirens is a metal band from Beirut, Lebanon. The two central individuals of focus are guitarists Lilas and Shery. Lilas and Shery are creative partners, writing many songs together. As … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Sirens”

Sundance 2022 Review: “The Janes”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 101 minutes Directors: Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes By Morgan Roberts The Jane Collective was an underground clinic for Chicagoan women in the 1960s and 1970s.  Before Roe v. Wade provided legal protection for women and uterine people seeking to terminate pregnancies, women did not have very many options.  Many times, women would find themselves working with mob doctors or having to … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “The Janes”

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“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”

Sundance 2022 Review: “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power”

The documentary “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power”(2022) is sad, infuriating, and revelatory. Objectifying women in film and media is nothing new; yet in analyzing how filmmakers shoot men and women differently, director Nina Menkes shows just how entrenched—and insidious—this way of seeing is. More in this film review from In Their Own League Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power”

Sundance 2022 Review: “Call Jane”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 121 minutes Director: Phyllis Nagy Writers: Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi Stars: Elizabeth Banks, Chris Messina, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Mara, Wunmi Mosaku, Cory Michael Smith, Grace Edwards By Morgan Roberts In 1968 America, abortion was illegal.  Illegal did not mean, nor has it ever meant, not occurring.  On the contrary.  When abortion is illegal, it generally just means it is unsafe.  In … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Call Jane”

Caramel: Using the Patriarchy to Explore Female Identity in the public and private spheres: Review

Year: 2007 Runtime: 96 minutes Director: Nadine Labaki Writers: Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojeily, and Rodney Al Haddad Actors: Nadine Labaki , Yasmine Al Masri , Joanna Moukarzel, Gisèle Aouad , Adel Karam , Aziza Semaan and Siham Haddad By Jillian Chilingerian Caramel isn’t just a sweet, gooey substance used for waxing. Directed and written by Nadine Labaki, “Caramel” (2007) shares a glimpse into the lives … Continue reading Caramel: Using the Patriarchy to Explore Female Identity in the public and private spheres: Review