Of the Oscar-nominated documentaries this year, only one is directed by a woman (Jehane Noujaim, of The Square).Continue reading this entry »
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Doc Soup Man talks to a Muslim woman about the way Americans typically view Muslim women, oppression, and the hijab (headscarf).Continue reading this entry »
March is Women’s History Month so it makes sense to recognize the fact that the documentary industry is largely run by women. As I’ve discussed before, some of the most powerful people in docs are women (Cara Mertes, Sheila Nevins, Diane Weyermann, Ally Derks, Molly Thompson, etc.) and some of the most prominent doc directorsContinue reading this entry »
What impact do documentaries have on today’s youth? Do kids even know what a documentary is? These questions came to mind when I recently saw that the Sheffield Doc/Fest was asking for applicants for its Youth Jury for the UK event in June. Initially, I was skeptical. But, when you think about it, teens doContinue reading this entry »
There’s an unwritten mandate woven into the fabric of most documentary films: to edify and to make the world a better place. That’s usually a pretty straightforward proposition. Docs that champion the needy, marginalized and dispossessed connect audiences to many important social causes…Continue reading this entry »
This week, a pretty interesting documentary series called Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman is hitting your local DVD store — or your Netflix queue (November 11, to be exact). It’s appropriately titled, because it really is a 21st century Fear of Flying. The subject is the filmmaker Jennifer Fox, a 40-something woman who providesContinue reading this entry »