November 2021 Film Preview | Women and Hollywood

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November promises to ring in the festive season with fervor and fanfare, with a list of highly anticipated releases hitting theaters and streaming platforms. The dynamic offerings this month include buzzy releases with star-studded casts, a diverse range of documentaries, coming-of-age films in various genres, biopics of trailblazing women, Westerns, and light-hearted rom-coms — making sure there’s something for everyone.

Kicking off the month is the much anticipated “Eternals” (November 5) from Chloé Zhao. This celebrity-studded superhero film is the latest offering from Marvel Studios, following the alien race of Eternals who fight to protect Earth against the Deviants. Adding to the list of big releases is Jane Campion’s first feature in over a decade, “The Power of the Dog” (November 17). Based on Thomas Savage’s novel, the Western features Kirsten Dunst in its ensemble cast, and deals with shifting family dynamics.

Other notable releases this month focus on women making an impact, literal and otherwise. Halle Berry’s feature directorial debut “Bruised” (November 17), a sports drama, sees the Oscar-winning actress playing a disgraced MMA fighter searching for redemption on both professional and personal fronts. Dramatizing the life of Princess Diana, “Spencer” (November 5) stars Kristen Stewart as the late royal. Focusing on another powerful woman, Betsy West and Julie Cohen’s “Julia” (November 12) is a documentary chronicling the life of the first “rockstar chef,” Julia Child.

Alongside “Julia,” a host of documentaries are set to make their way to audiences this November. “Cusp” (November 12) follows three teenage girls growing up in rural Texas amid normalized trauma. The doc charts how, over the span of a summer, “the girls grow and mold themselves in reaction to their own pasts and cultural norms.” Exploring issues of gender and identity, “Little Girl” (November 16) is a portrait of a seven-year-old trans girl living in a small town in France. “Lady Buds” and “Writing with Fire,” both releasing on November 26, delineate the lives of courageous women facing adversity. The former sees six women building businesses following the legalization of cannabis in California, and the latter centers the reporters of Khabar Lahariya, India’s only women-led news outlet.

The month’s other highlights include “Night Raiders” and “Beans,” both features by and about Indigenous women. From Danis Goulet, “Night Raiders” (November 12) is a dystopian tale following a Cree woman fighting to free her daughter from a State-controlled institution. Tracey Deer’s “Beans” (November 5) sees a young Mohawk girl coming of age against the backdrop of the Oka Crisis. Also opening in November are Mexico’s Oscars submission, Tatiana Huezo’s “Prayers for the Stolen” (November 12), and “Encanto” (November 24), an animated epic about a girl fighting to save her magical community co-directed by Charise Castro Smith.

Here are the women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films debuting this November. All descriptions are from press materials unless otherwise noted.

November 2

“The Flood” – Written and Directed by Victoria Wharfe McIntyre (Available on VOD)

Set during WWII, this is the story of Jarah’s (Alexis Lane) coming-of-age in a brutal and lawless land – growing from a sweet child to a strong, independent, and ferocious woman taking on Australia’s corrupt and bigoted system one bad guy at a time. In the best tradition of the gunslinging outlaw, when the enigmatic Jarah is pushed to the limit she explodes in a fury of retribution.

“Single Mother by Choice” – Written by Selina Ringel and Dan Levy Dagerman (Available on HBO Max)

“Single Mother by Choice”

“Single Mother by Choice” tells the story of a single, workaholic woman (Selina Ringel) who sets out to have a baby on her own terms; but is truly forced to go through pregnancy alone when the world throws the unimaginable year 2020 in her path. 

November 3

“Simple as Water” (Documentary) – Directed by Megan Mylan (In Theaters; Premieres on HBO/HBO Max November 16)

Epic in scope but intimate and elegant in feel, “Simple as Water” is a meditation on the elemental bonds between parent and child. A masterful look at the impact of war, separation, and displacement, the film takes audiences into Syrian families’ quests for normalcy and through the whirlwind of obstacles — to building life anew. Filmed over the course of five years in five countries including Turkey, Greece, Germany, Syria, and the U.S., director Megan Mylan’s sensitive camera reifies the universal importance of family.

“Marionette” (Available on VOD)

In the wake of losing her husband in a seemingly random accident, child psychiatrist Marianne Winter (Thekla Reuten) starts life anew in Scotland. There, she begins treating a secretive 10-year-old who claims to control the future through his drawings. When his horrific sketches start coming true, Marianne begins an obsession that will derail her life and reality.

November 5

“Eternals” – Directed by Chloé Zhao; Written by Chloé Zhao, Kaz Firpo, Ryan Firpo, and Patrick Burleigh (In Theaters)

“Eternals” welcomes an exciting new team of superheroes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The epic story, spanning thousands of years, features a group of immortal heroes forced out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s oldest enemy, The Deviants.

“Spencer” (In Theaters)

“Spencer”

The marriage of Princess Diana (Kristen Stewart) and Prince Charles (Jack Farthing) has long since grown cold. Though rumors of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate. There’s eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game. But this year, things will be profoundly different. “Spencer” is an imagining of what might have happened during those few fateful days.

“Beans” – Directed by Tracey Deer; Written by Tracey Deer and Meredith Vuchnich (In Theaters and Available on VOD)

“Beans”: Sebastien Raymond

“Beans” is the coming-of-age story of a Mohawk girl named Tekehentahkhwa, who more often goes by her quirky nickname, Beans (Kiawentiio). She’s a loving big sister to her constant sidekick, Ruby (Violah Beauvais), as they play in the woods and carefully avoid the rough and tough kids of their neighborhood on the Mohawk reserve of Kahnawà:ke, Quebec. Her father, Kania’tariio (Joel Montgrand), rides her hard because he worries her sensitivity is a dangerous weakness. But her mother, Lily (Rainbow Dickerson), has great aspirations for her and is an even bigger force to be reckoned with. They don’t agree on whether she should leave the reserve for high school, and Beans isn’t brave enough to speak up for what she wants.

“All Is Forgiven” (U.S. Release) – Written and Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve (In Theaters)

In Vienna, 1995, we meet writer and covert heroin addict Victor (Paul Blain); his partner, Annette (Marie-Christine Friedrich); and their young daughter, Pamela (Victoire Rousseau). After capturing this family unit on the verge of crisis in cutting, incisive scenes that track the signs of domestic and personal breakdown as they surface in everyday life, Mia Hansen-Løve audaciously leaps across the span of 11 years with a single title card, shifting the film’s focus to a now-adolescent Pamela (Constance Rousseau), living in Paris, as she attempts to sift through the wreckage of her parents’ relationship and mend fences with her long-absent father. With her feature debut Hansen-Løve, has already found her great subject: the passage of time and how it moves differently for different people, here at work in a strikingly original, deeply empathetic family drama that sidesteps all clichéd sentimentality on the way to achieving quietly devastating results. (Metrograph)

“Hive” – Written and Directed by Blerta Basholli (In Theaters)

“Hive”

“Hive” is a searing drama based on the true story of Fahrije (Yllka Gashi), who, like many of the other women in her patriarchal village, has lived with fading hope and burgeoning grief since her husband went missing during the war in Kosovo. In order to provide for her struggling family, she pulls together the other widows in her community to launch a business selling a local food product. Finding healing and solace in considering a future without their husbands, their will to begin living independently is met with hostility.

“Mark, Mary & Some Other People” – Written and Directed by Hannah Marks (In Theaters and Available on VOD)

Young newlyweds Mark (Ben Rosenfield) and Mary (Hayley Law) decide to give ethical non-monogamy a try as their lives get increasingly complicated.

“Hell Hath No Fury” – Written by Katharine Lee McEwan and Romain Serir (In Theaters)

“Hell Hath No Fury” is the story of one woman who single-handedly takes on the might of the German war machine, the French resistance, and a band of U.S. infantrymen. Branded a traitor by her countrymen, French national Marie DuJardin (Nina Bergman) is rescued by American soldiers on one condition: to survive, she must lead them to a cache of gold — before the Nazis return to claim it for themselves.

“Love Hard” – Written by Rebecca Ewing and Danny Mackey (Available on Netflix)

An LA girl (Nina Dobrev), unlucky in love, falls for an East Coast guy (Darren Barnet) on a dating app and decides to surprise him for the holidays, only to discover that she’s been catfished. This lighthearted romantic comedy chronicles her attempt to reel in love.

November 9

“The Dilemma of Desire” (Documentary) – Directed by Maria Finitzo (Available on VOD)

Entertaining, thrilling, and radical, “The Dilemma of Desire” explores the work of four women who are shattering myths and lies about female sexual desire, bodies, and — ultimately — power.

“The Diabetes Solution” (Documentary) – Written by Bethany McKenzie and John Beckham (Available on VOD)

When Bethany and Matt’s five-year-old son River was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, they followed all of the current dietary guidelines for managing his disease, and for three years, they were in a constant state of crisis management. In June of 2016, they hit rock bottom and changed everything. After a very sincere and defeated post on social media by Bethany, several families reached out to inform them about their similar story and another way to manage diabetes inspired by an 86-year-old doctor. Immediately, they changed their diets and instantly they saw results. “The Diabetes Solution” examines their all-too-familiar story, the current guidelines, their success, and the corruption that hides this solution from people with diabetes.

November 10

“Uppercase Print” (Documentary) – Written by Gianina Cărbunariu and Radu Jude (In Theaters)

In 1981, chalk slogans written in uppercase letters started appearing in public spaces in the Romanian city of Botoşani. They demanded freedom, alluded to the democratic developments taking place in Romania’s socialist sister countries, or simply called for improvements in the food supply. The culprit was Mugur Călinescu, a teenager who was still at school and whose case is documented in the files of the Romanian secret police. In “Uppercase Print,” cooking shows alternate with interrogations, transcripts of wiretapped phone calls with recommendations to exercise instead of taking sedatives. This dialectical montage creates an image of a dictatorial surveillance state, drawing on the authorized popular entertainment of the Ceaușescu regime in order to unmask it.

November 11

“Small Time” – Written and Directed by Niav Conty (In Virtual Cinemas and Available on VOD)

It can be brutal enough just growing up a girl. Then add poverty, addiction, and God to the mix. Armed with a gun and a prayer, Emma (Audrey Grace Marshall) and her cat bravely go where too many girls have gone before. It’s a war, and we gotta win it.

November 12

“Night Raiders” – Written and Directed by Danis Goulet (In Theaters and Available on VOD)

“Night Raiders”

The year is 2043. A military occupation controls disenfranchised cities in post-war North America. Children are property of the State. A desperate Cree woman joins an underground band of vigilantes to infiltrate a State children’s academy and get her daughter back. “Night Raiders” is a female-driven dystopian drama about resilience, courage, and love.

“Julia” (Documentary) – Directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West (In Theaters)

“Julia”

From Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Julie Cohen and Betsy West (“RBG”), “Julia” tells the story of Julia Child, the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and women’s roles in American life. Using never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, first-person narratives, and cutting-edge, mouth-watering food cinematography, the film traces Julia Child’s surprising and empowering path, from her struggles to create and publish the revolutionary “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” which has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date, to her emergence as an unlikely television sensation in her 50s.

“Cusp” (Documentary) – Directed by Parker Hill and Isabel Bethencourt (In Theaters; Premieres on Showtime November 26)

“Cusp”: Parker Hill and Isabel Bethencourt

Set in a small Texas military town and shot in verité style, “Cusp” chases three spirited teenage girls – Brittney, Aaloni, and Autumn – as they live out their fever-dream summer. The film captures intimate moments in female friendship while revealing the often traumatic experience of growing up in a culture of toxic masculinity. Though the girls’ experiences are completely unique to their upbringing, “Cusp” tells a strikingly universal coming-of-age tale that is, at turns, funny, tragic, complicated, magical, and stirring.

“Love Is Love Is Love” – Directed by Eleanor Coppola; Written by Eleanor Coppola and Karen Leigh Hopkins (In Theaters)

“Love Is Love Is Love” is three stories that explore love, commitment, and loyalty between couples and friends. In the film’s first story “Two for Dinner,” a married couple (Joanne Whalley and Chris Messina) find an unconventional way to transcend long distance through technology, but discover they were farther apart than they knew. In “Sailing Lesson,” a long-married couple (Kathy Baker and Marshall Bell) try to reignite their honeymoon-phase heat through a spontaneous sailing trip — and unexpected events arise. And in “Late Lunch,” a young woman (Maya Kazan) who recently lost her mother gathers together a group of her mother’s friends (Cybill Shepherd, Rosanna Arquette, and Rita Wilson) to share memories. Surprising revelations ensue.

“Prayers for the Stolen” – Written and Directed by Tatiana Huezo (In Theaters; Available on Netflix November 17)

“Prayers for the Stolen”

In a solitary town nestled in the Mexican mountains, the girls wear boyish haircuts and have hiding places underground. Ana and her two best friends take over the houses of those who have fled and dress up as women when no one is watching. In their own impenetrable universe, magic and joy abound; meanwhile, their mothers train them to flee from those who turn them into slaves or ghosts. But one day, one of the girls doesn’t make it to her hideout in time. Liberally adapted from Jennifer Clement’s eponymous 2014 novel.

“No Straight Lines” (Documentary) – Directed by Vivian Kleiman (In Theaters)

The road for queer comics from the margins of the underground comics scene to mainstream acceptance was fraught with challenges. “No Straight Lines” chronicles the journeys of five scrappy LGBTQ artists — Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, Mary Wings, Rupert Kinnard, and Jennifer Camper — from their early DIY work to the international stage, and offers a fascinating window into everything from the AIDS crisis to the search for love and a good haircut.

“Love It Was Not” (Documentary) – Written and Directed by Maya Sarfaty (In Theaters; Available on VOD December 3)

A young Jewish woman named Helena Citron is taken to Auschwitz, where she develops an unlikely romantic relationship with Franz Wunsch, a high-ranking SS officer. Thirty years later, a letter arrives from Wunsch’s wife asking Helena to testify on Wunsch’s behalf. Faced with an impossible decision, Helena must choose: will she help the man who brutalized so many lives, but saved hers?

“My Fiona” – Written and Directed by Kelly Walker (In Theaters; Available on VOD November 23)

In the wake of an unexpected suicide, Jane (Jeanette Maus) is devastated by the loss of her best friend Fiona, and finds purpose in helping Fiona’s widow Gemma (Corbin Reid) care for their seven-year-old son. As Jane unwittingly integrates herself into Fiona’s family, she finds herself living the life her best friend left behind. In navigating their complex familial situation, Jane and Gemma’s relationship develops from a tentative friendship to a deeper affair that helps them cope, but threatens their ability to heal.

“Soulmates” – Written by Stephanie Lynn and Alexandra Case (In Theaters and Available on VOD)

Lifelong best friends Sam (Alexandra Case) and Jess (Stephanie Lynn) are each other’s everything. But when Jess meets a handsome out-of-stater, Landon (Mark Famiglietti), Sam begins to fear she’s being cast aside. To make matters worse, a massive corporation — who happens to be Landon’s employer — is threatening the small-town way of life they know and love in Vermont. In order to save her sisterhood and protect the town, Sam will pull out all the stops to keep both Jess’ relationship and the ominous company from developing any further.

“The Accursed” – Written and Directed by Elizabeta Vidovic and Kathryn Michelle (Available on VOD)

Hana (Yancy Butler) spends 20 years suppressing a maleficent curse that was placed upon her bloodline, only to have a family member knowingly release it, forcing her to kill or to be killed.

“Double Walker” – Written by Sylvie Mix and Colin West (In Theaters and Available on VOD)

A young ghost (Sylvie Mix) haunts her cold Midwestern hometown, trying to piece together the horrific flashes of memories from her past. One by one she kills the men she believes were responsible for her death, though her plan is derailed when she meets Jack (Jacob Rice), a kind movie theater usher who inadvertently intercepts as she’s stalking her next victim. While Jack takes her in and offers her a glimpse at a normal life, her desire to avenge her own murder lingers on.

November 16

“Little Girl” (Documentary) (Available on VOD)

“Little Girl”

“Little Girl” is the moving portrait of seven-year-old Sasha, who has always known that she is a girl. Sasha’s family has recently accepted her gender identity, embracing their daughter for who she truly is while working to confront outdated norms and find affirmation in a small community of rural France. Realized with delicacy and intimacy, the documentary poetically explores the emotional challenges, everyday feats, and small moments in Sasha’s life.

“Chocolate Road” (Documentary) – Written and Directed by Tanya Chuturkova (Available on VOD)

“Chocolate Road” is a discovery of where chocolate comes from. Three renowned chocolatiers — Maribel Lieberman, Susumu Koyama, and Mikkel Friis-Holm — take us through the process of craft chocolate-making, starting from the plantations, through the different stages of preparation of the beans, and all the way to the final chocolate pieces. On their journey, each of them finds how important it is to know the roots of their prime material — the cacao bean — and the social impact of the people involved in the chocolate production chain.

“Karen Dalton: In My Own Time” (Documentary) (Available on VOD)

Blues and folk singer Karen Dalton was a prominent figure in 1960s New York. Idolized by contemporaries like Bob Dylan and younger musicians like Nick Cave, Karen discarded the traditional trappings of success and led an unconventional life until her early death. Since most images of Karen have been lost or destroyed, the film uses Karen’s dulcet melodies and interviews with loved ones to build a rich portrait of this singular woman and her hauntingly beautiful voice.

“Motherly” (Available on VOD)

A single mother is attacked by a vengeful couple who believe she’s responsible for their daughter’s murder.

November 17

“Bruised” – Directed by Halle Berry; Written by Michelle Rosenfarb (In Theaters; Available on Netflix November 24)

“Bruised”

Jackie Justice (Halle Berry) is a mixed martial arts fighter who leaves the sport in disgrace. Down on her luck and simmering with rage and regret years after her fight, she’s coaxed into a brutal underground fight by her manager and boyfriend Desi (Adan Canto) and grabs the attention of a fight league promoter (Shamier Anderson) who promises Jackie a life back in the octagon. But the road to redemption becomes unexpectedly personal when Manny (Danny Boyd, Jr.) — the son she gave up as an infant — shows up at her doorstep.

“The Power of the Dog” – Written and Directed by Jane Campion (In Theaters; Available on Netflix December 1)

“The Power of the Dog”

Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch) inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother (Jesse Plemons) brings home a new wife (Kirsten Dunst) and her son (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.

“Mothering Sunday” – Directed by Eva Husson; Written by Alice Birch (In Theaters One Week Only)

“Mothering Sunday”

On a warm spring day in England in 1924, house maid and foundling Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young) finds herself alone on Mother’s Day. Her employers, Mr. and Mrs. Niven (Colin Firth and Olivia Colman), are out and she has the rare chance to spend quality time with her secret lover. Paul (Josh O’Connor) is the boy from the manor house nearby, Jane’s long-term love despite the fact that he’s engaged to be married to another woman, a childhood friend and daughter of his parents’ friends. But events that neither can foresee will change the course of Jane’s life forever.

November 18

“The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star” – Written by Robin Bernheim Burger (Available on Netflix)

When a priceless relic is stolen, Queen Margaret and Princess Stacy enlist the help of Margaret’s cousin Fiona to retrieve it, resulting in romance and a very unexpected switch.

November 19

“She Paradise” – Directed by Maya Cozier; Written by Maya Cozier and Melina Brown (In Theaters and Available on VOD)

A young woman (Onessa Nestor) is desperate to be a soca dancer to escape a dead-end life. She botches her first audition with the dance troupe but uses her wit to convince them to take her under their wing. The girls bring Sparkle into a life of partying, dancing, and young love but is it what Sparkle wants — or needs?

“India Sweets and Spices” – Written and Directed by Geeta Malik (In Theaters)

“India Sweets and Spices”: Tribeca Film Festival

When college freshman Alia (Sophia Ali) returns home for the summer, she discovers secrets and lies in her parents’ past that make her question everything she thought she knew about her family.

“Freeland” – Written and Directed by Kate McLean and Mario Furloni (Available on VOD)

Devi (Krisha Fairchild) has been breeding legendary pot strains for decades on the remote homestead she built herself. But when cannabis is legalized, she suddenly finds herself fighting for her survival.

“Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn” (In Theaters)

Emi (Katia Pascariu), a schoolteacher, finds her reputation under threat after a personal sex tape is uploaded onto the internet. Forced to meet the parents demanding her dismissal, Emi refuses to surrender. “Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn” is a film in three loosely connected parts: a walk in the city of Bucharest, then a playful essay on obscenities, all culminating, in the third part, in an incendiary, comic confrontation.

November 24

“Encanto” – Directed by Charise Castro Smith, Jared Bush, and Byron Howard; Written by Charise Castro Smith and Jared Bush (In Theaters)

“Encanto” tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal — every child except one, Mirabel (Stephanie Beatriz). But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family’s last hope.

“The Unforgivable” – Directed by Nora Fingscheidt; Written by Hillary Seitz, Courtenay Miles, and Peter Craig (In Theaters; Available on Netflix December 10)

Released from prison after serving a sentence for a violent crime, Ruth Slater (Sandra Bullock) re-enters a society that refuses to forgive her past. Facing severe judgment from the place she once called home, her only hope for redemption is finding the estranged younger sister she was forced to leave behind.

“House of Gucci” – Written by Becky Johnston and Roberto Bentivegna (In Theaters)

“House of Gucci”

“House of Gucci” is inspired by the shocking true story of the family empire behind the Italian fashion house of Gucci. Spanning three decades of love, betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately murder, we see what a name means, what it’s worth, and how far a family will go for control.

“The Shuroo Process” (In Theaters and Available on VOD)

When a NYC journalist’s life crashes and burns, she becomes infatuated with a celebrity guru, and begins a wild journey of love and grand larceny. Running from her past, Parker Schafer (Fiona Dourif), hits rock bottom. Her longtime boyfriend dumps her and returns to his ex-wife. In a drug fueled downward spiral, she blows up her career and reputation in a spectacular act of self-sabotage, giving her best friend and boss no choice but to fire her. With nothing to lose, Parker reluctantly tries a remote wellness retreat with the famed Guru Shuroo. Over three days, a diverse group of unlikely characters are brought together through Shuroo’s process: digital detox, meditation, gaslighting, mescaline trips — and fraud. However, the spell soon lifts and Parker uncovers a story that will expose Shuroo. The scoop could put her back on top. But will she find redemption?

November 26

“Lady Buds” (Documentary) – Directed by Chris J. Russo; Written by Chris J. Russo and Tamara Maloney (In Theaters)

“Lady Buds”

This insightful documentary follows the widely praised 2016 decision to legalize cannabis in California and six courageous women who emerge from the shadows to enter the new commercial industry. As farmers, entrepreneurs, and activists, these modern-day pioneers find their initial optimism is quickly replaced with uncertainty and fear as the new legislation favors deep-pocketed corporations. Those who shaped the foundations of the cannabis industry for decades soon find themselves struggling to fight for their piece of the American Dream in a market they helped create. At every turn these trailblazers defy stereotypes, while revealing that cannabis is much more than a plant — it’s a community.

“Writing with Fire” (Documentary) – Directed by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh (In Theaters)

“Writing with Fire”

Reporting from a social environment built to divide based on caste and gender, a fearless group of journalists maintain India’s only women-led news outlet. The women of Khabar Lahariya (Waves of News) prepare to transition the newspaper from print to digital even though many of their reporters don’t have access to electricity at home. Armed with smartphones, Chief Reporter Meera and her team of investigative journalists confront some of India’s biggest issues — exposing the relentless discrimination against women and amplifying the voices of those who suffer from the oppressive caste system. “Writing with Fire” chronicles the astonishing determination of these local reporters as they empower each other and hold those responsible for injustice to account.

“‘Twas The Fight Before Christmas” (Documentary) – Directed by Becky Read (Available on Apple TV+)

“‘Twas The Fight Before Christmas” follows a Christmas-loving man who gets obsessed with bringing Christmas cheer to all, and causes a fight when the homeowners’ association informs him that the event he planned violates the rules of the neighborhood.

“Burning” (Documentary) – Directed by Eva Orner (Available on Amazon Prime Video)

“Burning” takes an unflinching look at the unprecedented and catastrophic Australian bushfires of 2019-2020, known as “Black Summer.” Fueled by climate change, the nation’s hottest and driest summer ever recorded resulted in bushfires that burned over 59 million acres, killed an estimated three billion animals, and affected millions of Australians. “Burning” is an exploration of what happened as told from the perspective of victims of the fires, activists, and scientists. The preceding years of drought play directly into the ongoing hot-button issue of climate change, with the film drawing comparisons between government inaction and media perceptions, and a bushfire season that would wreak an unprecedented level of destruction upon the landscape — as well as posing questions about how we move forward as a nation to ensure this piece of history is never repeated.



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