Recently Watched: Women to Woman, an online documentary by Veronique Doumbe and her daughter Malika Franklin, examining the topic of raising teenage daughters in New York City from both mother and daughter perspectives.
Currently Watching: Every Friday night in April, TCM’s A Woman’s World: The Defining Era of Women on Film showcases the “women’s film,” a staple from the late 1930s through the early 1950s that viewed life from the female perspective, with Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Barbara Stanwick, and more. What else could you ask for?
Looking Forward to: If She Can See It, She Can Be It! screening and panel on April 11 at the NY International Children’s Film Festival on the continuing problem of destructive images of women and girls in the media. Panelists include Christine Vachon, Uma Thurman, Debra Granik, and others.
Terry Lawler is the Executive Director of NYWIFT. Tune in every Tuesday for her picks of the week.
Cynthia Lowen’s latest documentary "Battleground" offers an eye-opening window into the anti-choice movement, featuring three women from varying walks of life who have dedicated themselves to rendering abortion illegal. Per the Tribeca website: “Told with restraint and balance, director Cynthia Lowen seeks to clarify rather than condemn, and presents a new point of entry for this challenging topic.” While the film itself clearly aligns with progressive pro-choice advocates (who also appear throughout) it offers a fascinating perspective on the sheer systemic power of the anti-abortion movement and the perilous future, felt painfully today, of Roe v. Wade. "Battleground" was Executive Produced by NYWIFT member Ruth Ann Harnisch and co-produced by member Steffie van Rhee, who sat down with us to discuss the premiere and how this film – from this particular perspective – came to fruition.READ MORE
Violet Du Feng’s "Hidden Letters" tells the story of Chinese women trying to balance their lives as independent women in modern China while confronting the traditional identity that defines but also oppresses them. Connected through their love for Nushu—a centuries-old secret text shared amongst women—each of them transforms through a pivotal period of their lives and takes a step closer to becoming the individuals they know they can be. Hot off her 2022 Tribeca Festival premiere, Director Violet Du Feng, an Emmy-award winning documentarian, spoke to us about Nushu, modern-day China, women’s equality, and her filmmaking process.READ MORE
NYWIFT member Petra Terzi is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning film producer. She has produced concerts, performances, and film festivals with an emphasis on cultures, human rights, and the arts. Get to know Petra and her work in our latest Member Spotlight!READ MORE
We kick off our Tribeca coverage with a conversation with Cara Cusumano, Festival Director and VP of Programming! Cara previews exciting changes to this year's festival - including a new name! - as well as some special appearances and events.READ MORE