Staff
Jane Kagon
Executive Editor
Marion Brown
Managing Editor  
Mike Campbell
Social Media Editor 
Maureen Feldman
Social Enterprise Editor 
Karina Saravia
Science Editor 
Nadia Walker
Entertainment Editor 
Ariel Lapidus
Communication Design Editor 
Bob Lasiewicz
Education Editor 
Kris Slava
Entertainment Editor 
Marty Perlmutter
Journalism Editor
Richard Kroon
Education Editor 
Lisa Mattson
Science Editor 
Corine Ganem
Journalism Editor

 

In partnership with

Search

Entertainment

The JUST Entertainment section examines the multitude of ways in which entertainment media track, catalyze and incite social change – we comb through diverse forms of Entertainment to illuminate existing social attitudes and identifying opportunities to drive positive change.

Kris SlavaJack Stern

« Mojtaba Mirtahmasb One of Filmmakers Arrested in Iran | Main | Nadine Labaki: The Rising Star of Lebanese Cinema »
Monday
Mar122012

Women Standouts in Film

Kris Slava
March, 2012 

In a previous issue of JUST we cited reports that the percentage of female directors in Hollywood fell drastically in 2011 from 7% to 5%.  Despite that, female directors continue to make a significant impact.  2011/12 has brought some notable, and meaningful accolades.   

This year’s Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject went to Pakistani Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and her co-director Daniel Junge, for their film Saving Face. The film is about plastic surgeons trying to help Pakistani women who have been the victims of acid attacks by spurned lovers or vindictive husbands. 

Since Obaid-Chinoy is the first Pakistani to receive an Oscar, this helps insure that the film will not be discounted inside Pakistan. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani declared that Obaid-Chinoy will get a civil award for her accomplishment. Chinoy previously won an International Emmy Award for her documentary Pakistan’s Taliban Generation.

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Lebanese Director/Actor Nadine Labaki received the Cadillac People’s Choice Award for Where Do We Go Now?, a dramatic fable about the difficulties of Christians and Muslims coexisting in a small village. Labaki takes a surprising, playful approach to her serious subject matter.  The women of the village stop at nothing to defuse their men, even resorting to hashish and Ukranian strippers.

Watch for both films– Saving Face will be shown on HBO in March and Where Do We Go Now? will be screened at New York’s New Directors/New Films and be released theatrically by Sony Pictures Classics.

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>