Naomi gives an evaluation of the state of the women in the film movement several months after the Weinstein revelations and the resulting cultural wind shift. She talks about what’s happening with The 51 Fund, what she learned about strategies around arriving at gender parity in the Irish film industry, her new book deal, and the political grassroots structure she’s in the process of setting up around the women in film movement.
Favorite Thing This Week: Songs My Brothers Taught Me. This movie is a compelling and complex portrait of modern-day life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation that explores the bond between a brother and his younger sister, who find themselves on separate paths to rediscovering the meaning of home. Zhao uses a fascinating technique in her work — she uses only non-actors and gets performances that are refreshingly honest and free from the sometimes overly controlled work of “great actors.” What’s even more amazing is the depth that Zhao pulls forward, somehow blending the true-to-life simplicity of a documentary with the craft and structure of a fictional narrative. The result is entrancing and revelatory. Available to stream on iTunes, Amazon, etc.
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