More than Mean Words: Film, Feminism, Freedom


The Bentonville Film Festival is going down the road from where I live. The goal of the festival is to “champion women and diversity in media.” Films, panel discussions and events all geared towards women, diversity, and creating equality in voices. 2016 and we still must have this conversation because it seems the human race forgets too easily and makes the same mistakes.

Nineteen years ago in 1997, I wrote my thesis over feminism in film. Directing the Shape of Feminine Narrative. I used female directors and films to illustrate how women create a different gaze and narrative because of gender. Duh, right. My thesis: “Dorothy Arzner and Jane Campion’s work express and define feminine narrative. Feminist film theory applied to each director’s work reveal how narrative images define a feminine narrative.” The opening discussion:

….. “In her article, “In the name of Feminist Film Criticism,” Ruby Rich explains that…

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