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Power and Sex | Movies You Might’ve Missed

Miss Representation is a 2011 documentary written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom that exposes how mainstream media and culture contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. With the tagline, “You can’t be what you can’t see,” the film draws attention to how limited and often disparaging are media portrayals of women and girls. As the film’s website explains, “In a society where […]

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Death | The future we seldom speak of

Griefwalker is a documentary by director Tim Wilson about the work of Stephen Jenkinson, for years the leader of a palliative care counseling team at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital. Through his work in “the death trade,” as he calls it, Jenkinson has presided at the deathbed of more than 1,000 people where, too often, he witnessed a “wretched anxiety and an existential terror” even when there was no pain. As […]

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Atonement | Movies You Might’ve Missed

Long Night’s Journey into Day documents the work of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission after 40 years of apartheid. Although it would be a gross overstatement to say that blacks and whites in South Africa are now reconciled, the Truth and Reconciliation process is credited with returning many individuals to society–enabling them to apologize for the actions to the families of victims they harmed. Ironically, the process was also the first that many […]

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The power of one | Movies You Might’ve Missed

The Trials of Muhammad Ali is a 2013 biography that focuses on Ali’s toughest bout: his battle to overturn a five-year prison sentence for refusing U.S. military service in Vietnam. Prior to becoming the heavyweight champion of the world, Cassius Clay converted to Islam, taking the name Muhammad Ali. Shortly thereafter he found himself in the center of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent. The film, by director Bill […]

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