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Weekly Update March 1: Women-Centric, Directed, Written Movies Playing Near You

Women and Hollywood By Kerensa Cadenas | Women and Hollywood March 1, 2013 at 11:15AM

Weekly Update March 1: Women-Centric, Directed, Written Movies Playing Near You
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War Witch
War Witch
Films About Women Opening This Weekend

Stoker - Starring Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman

Director Park Chan-Wook's first English language film (fitting in well with his revenge trilogy including his most famous, Oldboy), Stoker, fits rather seamlessly into Janisse's work. The film looks at India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) who loses her beloved father (Dermot Mulroney) in a car accident on her 18th birthday. Through Chan-Wook's masterful use of imagery, we get right off the bat that India has some unusual personal ticks.

She has a complicated, at best, relationship with her emotionally fragile and jealous mother, Evie (Nicole Kidman) which becomes further strained with the strange appearance of India's unknown Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode). India and Uncle Charlie share an immediate and increasingly strange bond as India becomes more interested in why Charlie has mysteriously reappeared after all this time--setting India up for discovering things she didn't know about herself. Read more...

War Witch

Komona (Rachel Mwanza) is only 12 years old when she is kidnapped by rebel soldiers and enslaved to a life of guerrilla warfare in the African jungle. Forced to commit unspeakable acts of brutality, she finds hope for survival in protective, ghost-like visions (inspiring a rebel chief to anoint her "War Witch"), and in a tender relationship with a fellow soldier named Magician (Serge Kanyinda). Together, they manage to escape the rebels' clutches, and a normal life finally seems within reach. But after their freedom proves short-lived, Komona realizes she must find a way to bury the ghosts of her past. (From Press Materials)

Future Weather - Directed and Written by Jenny Deller

Abandoned by her dreamer single mom, a teenage loner becomes obsessed with ecological disaster, forcing her and her grandmother, a functioning alcoholic, to rethink their futures. (From Indiewire)

Films About Women Currently Playing 

Beautiful Creatures

Lore - Directed by Cate Shortland

Side Effects

Mama

Zero Dark Thirty - Directed by Kathryn Bigelow

Rust and Bone

Films Directed by Women Opening This Weekend

Hava Naglia: The Movie - Directed by Roberta Grossman (doc)

It is instantly recognizable - musical shorthand for anything Jewish, a happy party tune that you dance to at weddings, bar mitzvahs and even at Major League Baseball games. It conjures up wistful smiles, memories of generations past...and no shortage of eye rolling. But as audiences will discover in Hava Nagila (The Movie), the song is much more than a tale of Jewish kitsch and bad bar mitzvah fashions. It carries with it an entire constellation of history, values and hopes for the future. In its own believe-it-or-not way, Hava Nagila encapsulates the Jewish journey over the past 150 years. It also reveals the power of one song to express and sustain identity, to transmit lessons across generations and to bridge cultural divides and connect us all on a universal level. (From Press Materials)

A Place At The Table - Directed by Kristi Jacobsen and Lori Silverbush (doc)

Forty-nine million people in the U.S.--one in four children--don't know where their next meal is coming from. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford. Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides - as they have in the past - that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all. (From Indiewire)

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

Inescapable - Directed and Written by Ruba Nadda

West of Memphis - Directed by Amy Berg

The Guilt Trip - Directed by Anne Fletcher

Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Safe Haven - Co-Written by Dana Stevens

Films By and About Women on DVD/On Demand

Chicken With Plums - Co-Written and Directed by Marjane Satrapi

The Lonliest Planet - Written and Directed by Julia Loktev

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This article is related to: Hava Nagila: The Movie, Women Directors, Stoker, Women Writers, Weekly Update, Twilight, War Witch (Rebelle)


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