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Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selections

Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selections

Weekly selections of Films Directed by Women from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ). This week's featured selection is Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker's KARL MARX CITY. Read an excerpt from Marilyn Ferdinand's AWFJ review: "As citizens in several parts of the world (among them, Italy, Sweden, and the United States) toy with the idea of authoritarianism as a way to bring order and stability to the frequent messiness of democracy, it’s instructive to take stock of what an authoritarian regime actually looks like in practice. In my estimation, viewing Petra Epperlien's enlightening 2016 documentary KARL MARX CITY is a good place to start."

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Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selections
  • Karl Marx City

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Marilyn Ferdinand's AWFJ review: "As citizens in several parts of the world (among them, Italy, Sweden, and the United States) toy with the idea of authoritarianism as a way to bring order and stability to the frequent messiness o...

  • Lines of Wellington

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Jeanne Wolf's AWFJ review: "Valeria Sarmiento's LINES OF WELLINGTON is an historical epic in the most sweeping sense, yet it includes stories (vignettes) of ordinary people that give the drama of war a very human dimension. Perha...

  • Corpo Celeste

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Erin Trahan's AWFJ review: "If a cinematic canon were to prioritize an adolescent girl’s point of view, Alice Rohrwacher’s CORPO CELESTE from 2011 would top the list. The first of Rohrwacher’s several features as writer-director o...

  • We Love Moses

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Jamie Broadnax's AWFJ review: "In the short film WE LOVE MOSES, a 12-year-old’s secret crush on her brother’s best friend is scrutinized. In one moment, her life and his are changed dramatically in one shocking plot twist. The mov...

  • Our Times

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Loren King's AWFJ review: "Director Rakhshan Banietemad’s verite documentary starts out as a look at how Iran’s young people, especially girls that include the director’s daughter, organized in support of reformist candidate for p...

  • The White King

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Lonita Cook's AWFJ review: "When we try to create perfection, something gruesome might emerge instead. Unyielding, unforgiving. This is certainly the dystopian nature of THE WHITE KING's fictitious Homeland where Djata and his mot...

  • Song Without a Name

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Diane Carson's AWFJ review: "In SONG WITHOUT A NAME, Peruvian director Melina León with tender compassion tells a tragic tale of abducted newborns. Never hurried, the story, inspired by actual events, unfolds at a measured pace wi...

  • Sign Painters

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Betsy Bozdech's AWFJ review: "You've likely heard of artisanal bread, heirloom vegetables, and bespoke clothing – but odds are you've rarely given a thought to another carefully crafted legacy product: hand-painted advertising sig...

  • Electric Shadows

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Susan Wloszczyna's AWFJ review: "Set during China's Cultural Revolution, female director Xiao Jiang’s 2004 feature debut, ELECTRIC SHADOWS, is akin to Italy’s 1989’s Oscar-winning Cinema Paradiso as it focuses on how a makeshift o...

  • Revolution: New Art for a New World

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Nell Minow's AWFJ review: "'Victims or vanguards?' That is the challenge faced by the artists in REVOLUTION: NEW ART FOR A NEW WORLD, a documentary about the freedom-seeking artists who helped overthrow Russia’s repressive tsarist...

  • Dead Pigs

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Margaret Barton Fumo's AWFJ review: "Cathy Yan’s 2018 film DEAD PIGS is a dazzling debut ahead of her better-known followup, the blockbuster superhero film BIRDS OF PREY (2020). DEAD PIGS premiered at Sundance, where it won a Spec...

  • Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Liz Braun's AWFJ review: "QUEEN OF HEARTS: AUDREY FLACK is a love letter to the artist and a mini-lesson in 20th Century gender politics and American art history. Lauded as a pioneer of photorealism, Flack was famous in the 1970s ...

  • Breathe

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Valerie Kalfrin's AWFJ review: "Based on a novel by French author Anne-Sophie Brasme, director Mélanie Laurent's BREATHE is a story propelled by the mercurial friendships of teenage girls. The drama rises on the rich performances ...

  • Burn Burn Burn

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Sherin Nicole's AWFJ review: "The sudden death of a loved one has a way of exposing our secrets—everything we’ve held on to comes pouring out. In grief, we are as vulnerable as when faced with our mortality and that need for heali...

  • Arranged

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Sandie Angulo Chen's AWFJ review: "Directors Diane Crespo and Stefan C. Schaefer’s short-and-sweet film captures the joy of the two women bonding against the odds. Their blossoming friendship overcomes obstacles, including their p...

  • White Riot

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Pam Grady's AWFJ review: "Punk rock met political activism when Rock Against Racism rose up in Britain, pushing back at the rise of racism, xenophobia, and the far-right National Front movement in the 1970s. It might seem like anc...

  • XXY

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Beth Accomando's AWFJ review: "Lucia Puenzo's directing debut is a coming of age film with a twist. XXY is about a teenager who was born with both male and female genitalia. Alex has been raised as a girl but at fifteen, she’s sta...

  • Oh Lucy!

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Liz Whittemore's AWFJ review: "At the suggestion of her niece, lonely middle-aged Setsuko takes English lessons. When her plucky teacher John goes missing, Setsuko gets on a plane to California in search of love and a life-changin...

  • Antonia's Line

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Leslie Combemale's AWFJ review: "With ANTONIA'S LINE, writer/director Marleen Gorris created a film that is a celebration of life and an unflinching look at the challenges intergenerational women faced throughout the 20th century....

  • Only When I Dance

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Jennifer Green's AWFJ review: "It is only when he's dancing that Brazilian teen Irlan Santos da Silva says he feels like himself. Born and raised in one of Rio de Janeiro's impoverished favelas, ballet has offered Irlan an escape ...

  • Yarn

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Lois Alter Mark's AWFJ review: "The opening of Una Lorenzen’s YARN reminds us that the word doesn’t just refer to the stuff of scarves and mittens but is also 'A long, often elaborate narrative of real or fictitious adventures; an...

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Joan Amenn's AWFJ review: "Anyone who found themselves uninspired by their high school English classes might remember that there was a small spark of fun to look forward to, if they were lucky. Should your instructor assign you to...

  • Amour Fou

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Marilyn Ferdinand's AWFJ review: "The careful framing, gorgeous period settings, brilliantly orchestrated set-pieces, and vibrant colors of this film are a feast for the eyes, and I admired the subtle performances of this uniforml...

  • I Am Not a Witch

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Jennifer Merin's AWFJ review: "I AM NOT A WITCH is the beautifully crafted, profoundly provocative first feature from writer/director Rungaro Nyoni. The movie is set in rural Zambia, where Shula, a naive eight year old orphaned gi...