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Barbra Streisand in What's Up, Doc?

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Barbra Streisand in the 1972 film, What's Up, Doc?
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Barbra Streisand in the 1972 film, What's Up, Doc?

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The Feminist Force Awakens

On December 17, I joined millions of people around the world in a line. Now this was no ordinary line. In front of me stood Chewbacca, and behind me several Stormtroopers waited patiently. This was the line to see the latest and possibly greatest movie in the Star Wars saga, The Force Awakens. That evening, I joined fans both young and old in delighting in the marvels of another world. I lost myself in the journey of Rey and Finn, cheering for their victories and crying at their defeats.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Movie poster for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015)
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Movie poster for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015)

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Is Elle Woods a Feminist?

Elle Woods was one of my favorite heroines growing up, and I was not only in love with her sparkly outfits, but also with her fiery personality. It had been a couple years since I had watched the movie, but I caught myself thinking about Elle’s story as I walked around Harvard Square with my friend a few weeks ago. So, I decided to watch Legally Blonde again. 

"Legally Blonde" Movie Poster

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Film poster for the 2001 film, "Legally Blonde."
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Film poster for the 2001 film, "Legally Blonde."

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Ilene Chaiken

Ilene Chaiken was a successful screenwriter and television producer for years before she had the chance to develop material close to her heart into a successful show, The L Word.

Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin has used her photography to honor both the courage and the gritty reality of subjects ranging from drag queens to new parents.

The Return: A Filmmaker Discovers Modern Jewish Poland

How did I end up spending four years traveling across three continents to track the lives of four young Polish women as they explored their newfound Jewish roots?

Because that’s what I do. I’m a documentary filmmaker. I try and get into the lives of people and make sense of their various turns and choices: the stories of how people change over time. It’s a combination of being an anthropologist, journalist and a therapist, all in the service of storytelling. It’s difficult, challenging, maddening—but it’s also the greatest thing in the world.

Sarah Silverman on Stage

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Comedian Sarah Silverman on stage.
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Comedian Sarah Silverman on stage.

Amy Heckerling

Amy Heckerling’s quirky directorial style and her knack for discovering fresh angles on classic stories led to her popular and critical successes with films like Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Film." (Viewed on May 24, 2016) <http://jwa.org/topics/film>.

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