2/5/13 Meria interviews Chicago Film Critic, Activist, and author Jan Lisa Huttner on her excellent book “Penny’s Picks: 50 Movies By Women Filmmakers 2002-2011″. Why is it important to have more women critics and filmmakers? From wars and explosions to humanity; Why she became a film critic; the movie “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” and how a male critic killed it; the celluloid ceiling; the token Oscar to one woman director; why women need to support women in film; Is it a chick flick, prick flick or macho treat? Films for two; “The Guilt Trip” and “Django”; Netflix ratings and Meria’s own comparison; male protagonists – why not women? the importance of telling stories from a woman’s point of view; how do movies contribute to world peace? the movie “Precious” to understand a woman’s world; learning other cultures and abhoring war on them; the Hulu series “Little Mosque”. Very enjoyable educational show.
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