TIFF 2018: The Afrobubblegum of Wanuri Kahiu’s “Rafiki”

The Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu broke into film culture in 2010 with a wonderful science-fiction short titled Pumzi. The 21-minute

TIFF 2018: Astra Taylor’s “What is Democracy?”

Astra Taylor’s documentary What is Democracy?, which opens on January 16 at the IFC Center in New York City, promises

2018: 10 Great Writers

This Happy New Year post is a way of thanking ten writers who gave me much reading pleasure and taught

Time’s Up for the Male Canon

I have a piece at Film Quarterly, in the online column, Quorum. Here is an excerpt: What will it take

TIFF 2018: The Round-Up

Best-of-Fest: What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? (Roberto Minervini, USA) What is Democracy? (Astra Taylor, USA) Out

Recent Reads: FSFF Turns 10; Teaching Media Against the Global Right, etc.

— Here’s wishing Catherine Grant’s pioneering, iconic blog Film Studies for Free a Happy 10-year Anniversary! Catherine has put up

Recent Reads: Woman with a Movie Camera, etc.

I’m starting a new monthly feature here for recent, particularly interesting reads about cinema, feminism, and politics. Here we go:

2017: A Personal Round-Up

At the end of a monstrous year, here is a personal inventory of some things that were in fact good

TIFF 2017: “Waru”

One of the best films at TIFF was made by eight directors, all Māori women. Waru, from New Zealand, consists

TIFF 2017: Chloe Zhao’s “The Rider”

Years from now, when we look back at 2017’s TIFF, we might recognize it as historic: the moment when one