Month: September 2017

“European Human Rights Council Issues Harsh Statement On Gender Bias in Film Industry”

The Council of Europe, the European Union’s biggest human rights body, has been investigating gender bias in the film industry and have come to an undeniable conclusion: it exists. Aimee Lutkin, Jezebel,

Film Friday: “We Are the Stories We Tell Ourselves”

NPR: “Feminist Films Push Boundaries In India”

“Patriarchy is alive and kicking,” says director [Alankrita] Shrivastava, curled up on a couch in her office in Mumbai. Shrivastava, 37, says the censor board’s refusal to release the film in India means it has “no idea about the fact that women and men have equal rights in this country. It makes me feel like… Read More ›

Film Friday: “How Movies Teach Manhood”

“Babuji Dheere Chalna” (Aar Paar, 1954)

When I looked up “item numbers” on Wikipedia, the page included a list of songs; “Babuji Dheere Chalna” was the oldest on the list. The sequence includes many elements we associate with item numbers: a nightclub, a stern hero watching from the audience, a beautiful dancing woman. Considering how subversive item numbers can be, it’s… Read More ›

Ragini MMS 2 poster

Review: Ragini MMS 2 (2014)

As a companion piece to its predecessor, Ragini MMS 2 is fascinating. As a stand-alone movie, it suffers an identity crisis. Following the original film’s found footage premise, this sequel follows a production that is making a fictionalized version of the original, “real” movie. The original is serious and straight-forward, but the sequel mixes comedy,… Read More ›

Film Friday: “Why Women Should Tell Stories of Humanity”

Film Friday: “The Data Behind Hollywood’s Sexism”

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