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    Human Rights Watch FF Women Directors: Meet Cynthia Hill

    The documentary delves deep into why the question "Why doesn't she just leave?" is the wrong one to ask.

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    LAFF Women Directors: Debra Granik on Stray Dog, Her Follow-Up to Winter's Bone

    "The biggest obstacles with filming outside your own social class, race or gender will be just that -- crossing into those chasms of difference. "

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    Human Rights Watch FF Women Directors: Meet Alessandra Zeka and Holen Sabrina Kahn (A Quiet Inquisition)

    "We had initially planned to make a film about the prohibition of abortion in El Salvador. Just as we were beginning to do the research, Nicaragua passed the same law. It seemed an opportunity to chronicle the impact of such severe restrictions from its first days of implementation."

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    Heroines of Cinema: Why Rejecting Maya Angelou Was a Huge Mistake Made By the Film Industry

    In the many obituaries that followed Maya Angelou's death, her career as a filmmaker was often touched upon, usually as a side note. This is quite understandable -- Angelou's literary achievements clearly dwarfed her work in cinema, which was sporadic and relatively unprolific. But what was not rema...

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    LAFF Women Directors: Meet Amanda Marsalis (Echo Park)

    "When Catalina Aguilar Mastretta's script was sent to me and the title was 'Echo Park,' the neighborhood where I live, it felt like fate. The story was about a young woman in a complicated time in her life, trying to find her way."

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    Guest Post: Notes from the Field: The Importance of Female Collaboration

    How the members of Film Fatales support each other in getting their films made and seen.

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    Guest Post: "Nan Goldin: I Remember Your Face" is About Turning the Camera on a Photographer

    A makeup artist-turned-documentary portraitist talks about finding the right subject for her film.

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    Human Rights Watch FF Women Directors: Meet Jennifer M. Kroot (To Be Takei)

    "This film covers his experiences being imprisoned in Japanese American internment camps during his youth, his acting career, and his choice to 'come out' later in life and advocate for LGBT civil rights. It's also a romantic comedy!"

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    Human Rights Watch FF Women Directors: Meet Katy Chevigny (E-Team)

    "The only advice I have is a hard one to follow, and that is: try not to have the rights to your film tied up for too long, because in many cases your film will have a longer life than your distributor."

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