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In Honour of International Women’s Day:
10 Movies About Friendship Directed by Women

Breathe dir. Mélanie Laurent (2014)
Charlie is an average French suburban teenager, but when she becomes fast friends with Sarah, the rebellious new girl at school, she discovers there’s nothing average about how she feels.

Daisies dir. Vera Chytilová (1966)
Two girls try to understand the meaning of the world and their life.

The Edge of Seventeen dir. Kelly Fremon Craig (2016)
High-school life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother.

The Fits dir. Anna Rose Holmer (2015)
While training at the gym 11-year-old tomboy Toni becomes entranced with a dance troupe. As she struggles to fit in she finds herself caught up in danger as the group begins to suffer from fainting spells and other violent fits.

The Forest for the Trees dir. Maren Ade (2003)
As an awkward idealistic high school teacher begins her first job in the city, things turn out to be much tougher than she had imagined.

Divines dir. Houda Benyamina (2016)
In a housing estate on the outskirts of Paris, a teenager who is hungry for her share of power and success becomes a runner for a drug dealer.

Hush Little Baby dir. Hella Joof (2009)
Four dysfunctional teenage girls steal a car and elope from the institution where they live. They go on a road trip across Denmark, confronting ghosts of the past and settling old accounts as their dark secrets are revealed.

The Innocents dir. Anne Fontaine (2016)
In 1945 Poland, a young French Red Cross doctor who is sent to assist the survivors of the German camps discovers several nuns in advanced states of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent.

In Bloom dir. Nana Ekvtimishvili & Simon Groß (2013)
Set in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi in 1992. Friends Eka and Natia look to leave childhood behind as they ignore societal customs and work to escape their turbulent family lives.

Thirteen dir. Catherine Hardwicke (2003)
A thirteen-year-old girl’s relationship with her mother is put to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool but troubled best friend.

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The Black Woman (1970) (50 min., full film)

Inspired by the book by Chester Higgins, this special episode of Black Journal features a discussion between Joan Harris, Vertamae Grosvenor, Martha Davis, Marian Watson and Amina Baraka. A separate conversation between Nikki Giovanni and Lena Horne. Poetry by Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez and Kali. Plus performances by Roberta Flack, Loretta Abbott and Novella Nelson. Interview with Albert Cleage, Jr. of the Black Madonna Church. Executive Produced by Tony Brown. Directed by Stan Lathan.

I’d just like to take a moment and talk about how amazing the movie “Geography Club” was. And no, it is not actually about a Geography Club, that name is a way for the group to meet secretly and not have to be known it is really a LGBTQ support group.

First off, I haven’t seen a movie in a while where the relationship between two men was so pure and chemically positive I actually forgot they were even making sexuality a topic. It deals with the topic of coming out in high school and acceptance of lgbtq.

Second off, like a lot of gay-themed movies, this one does NOT make sex between the two men the main thing, in fact kissing is the farthest thing portrayed between the two, so it really is about their emotional relationship, and not the physical one (like a lot of what is in the media currently with gay characters).

The main character Russell is realistic and written beautifully, and portrayed even better. 

However, it is not just about Russell’s story, as the people he comes to know as friends have their own reasons for being a part of the Geography Club, and it turns into a journey of self-discovery and acceptance of yourself and others, and ultimately sloughing off what society will think of you.

The rest of the cast, including Justin Deeley as his romantic interest (You might know him from his role on 90210) did a superb job of portraying what high school can really be like. Being yourself is one of the hardest things that no one can teach you in life.

You should go watch this movie because it is so friggin cute, realistic, heartwarming, sad, and just all around a good movie for this generation. It is currently streaming of Netflix, so go watch it. You will not regret it!