Reviews of movies and TV focused on women

Tag: documentary

  • The Hunting Ground

    The Hunting Ground

    Director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering did it before with their film on rape in the military. Their Oscar-nominated film The Invisible War helped spark congressional action. Now they are bringing the issue of campus rape to the forefront with The Hunting Ground. Two young activists featured in the documentary, Annie Clark and Andrea […]

  • Netflix Doc: What Happened, Miss Simone?

    Netflix Doc: What Happened, Miss Simone?

    Available later this year only on Netflix will be Liz Garbus’ documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? about the life of singer Nina Simone. Here’s the publicity blurb about the film. Classically trained pianist, black power icon and legendary recording artist, Nina Simone lived a life of brutal honesty, musical genius, and tortured melancholy. In the upcoming […]

  • Watch a clip from Jane

    Watch a clip from Jane

    Jane, a 57 minute documentary from Sundance Doc Club, is about the young Jane Fonda. You can watch it in full at, but here’s a clip to let you know more about what you’ll be seeing. The doc shows Jane Fonda rehearsing for a starring role in a Broadway play. When the play opens […]

  • The Documentary I Want to See

    The Documentary I Want to See

    You know how actors say they never know what’s going to happen next on a show until they sit down with the scripts for a table read? If that’s true and not just something actors are told to say during publicity appearances, then I have a documentary I’d like to see. It would start with […]

  • More Makers Documentaries Coming on PBS

    More Makers Documentaries Coming on PBS

    This fall the fabulous folks at Makers will air 6 new documentaries on PBS. I will watch them and hope you will, too. Makers aired a documentary in 2013 on PBS about the women’s movement. Perhaps you saw it. These six new docs will focus on women in comedy, women in Hollywood, women in space, […]

  • Aquadettes: A Short Documentary

    Aquadettes: A Short Documentary

    Aquadettes – On Life, Death and Synchronized Swimming is a short documentary about a group of elders on a synchronized swimming team in California. One particular swimmer, 76-year-old Margo Bauer, is featured. Margo has MS and is helped with her condition both by the swimming and by medical marijuana. The women on this swim team […]

  • Forest Man

    Forest Man

    This short documentary tells the inspiring story of an Indian man named Jadav Payeng who has single-handedly planted a forest on a formerly barren island in India’s Brahmaputra River. Payeng is called Forest Man.

  • Watch This: Trailer for The Internet’s Own Boy

    Watch This: Trailer for The Internet’s Own Boy

    Co-creator of Reddit and political activist Aaron Swartz fought for a free, open Internet. He committed suicide at a young age. This documentary looks at his life and contributions. The film was shown at Sundance and SXSW, but I’m not finding a schedule or any updates about where it can be seen now. Watch your […]

  • Review: Beauty in Truth

    Review: Beauty in Truth

    Beauty in Truth, a film by Pratibha Parmar, is a documentary about American writer and activist Alice Walker. Predisposed to love it would be a good description of my attitude toward the film. I’m a lifelong admirer of Alice Walker. I have a tendency to finish her books and turn back to page 1 and […]

  • Watch This: Cave Digger Trailer

    Watch This: Cave Digger Trailer

    Cave Digger is an award-winning  documentary about an unusual artist who digs caves in the sandstone of Northern New Mexico. The caves are works of art filled with carved sculptures, furniture, rooms with arched entries and fantastic displays that range from things like flowers and leaves to abstract designs. This extraordinary cave artist is Ra […]

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