Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Winnie Mandela is DEAD : Provocative, controversial and HERO of the South African Anti-Apartheid revolution . Learn about her

Mature Winnie Mandel after divorce 

 Winnie Mandela has died. As a hero of the South African Revolution,  she has been a role model for black women worldwide. But Winnie was not without controversy. Accused and never cleared of ordering the killing of some young black men by her security forces because it has been said of her homophobia. While this has never been proven, it has not been disproven. That said her,  courage and loyalty to the dream of a free South Africa that she shared with  Nelson cannot and should not be denied. After Nelson divorced her, she continued to be her own dissenting voice in and out the AMC.

Young Winnie

Please watch this documentary that debuted at Sundance in 2017. It is strong if it, in fact, it does not deal with the homophobic issue,  When I asked the filmmaker Pasquale Lamche why her answer while polite deflected the question. She said there was so many issue s that revolved around Winnie choices had to be made to not have a six-hour documentary. (!)

Winnie and Nelson before he divorced her  two years after he was released from prison,

I also asked her why she made the film.She answered her partner was a South African revolutionary active in the ANC,  while Nelson was in jail. When she asked him as he was dying of cancer if there is anything he wanted her as a filmmaker to do. He answered: "Make a documentary that tells the truth about Winnie Mandela."

Ms. Lamche made "WINNIE."

Here are some links to interviews with Pascale Lamche I fund interesting 

 1: Alt-Africa:

2:  Women in Hollywood Blog 


Watch the trailer ..  the film is on  PBS.org site and on Netflix and you, if a member, you can download it. It is essential watching.

CLICK: Winnie trailer
'Winnie' a documentary that paints a complex portrait of Winnie Mandela: the woman, the paradox, both exalted and villainised in the eyes of history.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018




March 6 – 11
The NYC Feminist Film Week presents its second annual film program committed to increasing the visibility of women and all trans and gender non-conforming filmmakers. The festival aims to foster critical dialogue among filmmakers and the general public, using queer/trans/feminist approaches to interrogate cultural constructions of gender, sexuality, race, class, age, and dis/ability.

Organized around the ongoing theme of feminist film genealogies, the series asks the following questions: What might a genealogy of feminist film look like in its ethics and aesthetics? How do feminist film practices function as forms of political and critical intervention? What strategies do they employ to unsettle and dismantle racism, heterosexism, transphobia, classism, and stigmas around sexuality, illness, and dis/ability? And how do feminist film and media practitioners articulate queer, trans, POC, working class, immigrant, dis/abled, and other marginalized experiences and identities?

Thursday, January 25, 2018

SUNDANCE ALERT: Steve James is America's best living Documentary filmmaker and just nominated for an Oscar (AbacusSmall Enough to Jail). Lauren.Greenfield is an award-winning photo-journalist and provocative award-winning documentary filmmaker (The Queen of Versailles ) premiering her new doc Generation of Wealth..moderated by Carolyn Libresco Sundance Senior Programmer... this is special! (may start at 10:42)

Note: At Sundance, it was announced after its world premiere screening That the  10-part docuseries America to Me from the 'Hoop Dreams' director Steve James and Participant Media  Liongate'sStarz premium cable network had picked up the unscripted 10-part docuseries America to Me, from Hoop Dreams director Steve James

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

SUNDANCE 2018 Cinema Cafe chat betw/ NY Times contributing writer Logan Hill, DIrector Gus Van Sant, Danny Elfen re GVS new film Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

I loved the new GUS VAN SANT film, DON'T WORRY, HE WON'T GET FAR ON FOOT which features JOAQUIN PHOENIX, JONAH HILL, ROONEY MARA and JACK BLACK . It is a story of a major fu*k-up, reality check, self-discovery, recovery, love, and redemption beautifully realized and acted. I made time for this NYTIMES sponsord chat between times contributor Loga Hill Gus Van Sant, and composer Danny Elfman chat .... NOTE STARTS 9:20 ...MOVE TO THAT POINT

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot - Official Trailer (2018) Joaquin ...