Author Archives: Rebecca Huval

Filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady on Capturing Detroit




Detroit-area native Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady filmed Detropia with the hopes that the rest of the United States would recognize a bit of themselves in the Motor City — unemployment, the decline of manufacturing and municipalities, and the new … Continue reading




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Wonder City Designer Naomi Clark on Busting Sexism with Games




Girls’ games are chock full of stereotypes. A Google search for “online games for girls” leads to makeovers, “movie star kissing,” and “cute cinnamon rolls” recipes. But Games for Change is hoping to reverse that trend. In support of the Independent … Continue reading




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Sen. Gillibrand Credits The Invisible War with Shaping New Bill




The Invisible War has received big love and recognition from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. The New York Senator, who serves as the chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, plans to reveal a newly drafted … Continue reading




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Feres Doctrine and the Obstacles to Justice for Military Rape Victims




Victims of sexual assault in the military face a mountain range of obstacles before, and if ever, they find justice. Their judge could potentially be their rapist’s best friend. He chooses the jury and has the power to “change the … Continue reading




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Steven of Seeking Asian Female Talks about Online Dating, “Asian Fetish,” and Relationship Advice




How would you define “asian fetish” (a.k.a., crudely, “yellow fever”)? According to Urban Dictionary, it is “a term usually applied to white males who have a clear sexual preference for women of Asian descent, although it can also be used … Continue reading




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Border Crossing by the Numbers




Juan Manuel, featured in The Undocumented (airing April 29 on Independent Lens), lived in the United States more than 15 years. Eventually, he was deported to Mexico, away from his children. He died crossing the U.S. border to see his … Continue reading




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What’s YOUR Superpower?




We’re all Wonder Women (or Men) inside, each with our own superpower. But sometimes, we daydream about being more than just a super-dad, super-banjo-strummer, or super-feminist. We want to levitate! Get the bad guys! Or maybe just become invisible to … Continue reading




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Say Yes to Women’s Leadership: Last Week to Vote for Your Favorite #SheDocs Film!




The #SheDocs Online Film Festival has brought you stories from Cambodia (Welcome to the World) to the Wampanoag tribe of southeastern Massachusetts (We Still Live Here – Âs Nutayuneân), from triumphs such as the first woman of color in the U.S. Congress (Patsy … Continue reading




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Amid Setbacks, The Solar Mamas Are Undeterred




The stars of Solar Mamas—now screening for free as part of the #SheDocs Online Film Festival—are still searching for sunshine. Rafea Al Raja and her aunt, Seiha Al Raja (a.k.a. Um Bader) returned to their Jordanian village fired up to … Continue reading




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The Film That Revolutionized the Discussion about Military Rape




Nominated for an Academy Award, The Invisible War (airing May 13) has changed the way we talk about sexual assault in the military and even impacted policy. After watching The Invisible War, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta transferred the power to prosecute … Continue reading




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