The Male Gaze in Arab Cinema: Youssef Chahine between Voyeuristic Pleasure and Male Exhibitionism

Introduction In her infamous essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”, written decades ago, Laura Mulvey concluded that to absolve traditional, classical filmmaking of its masculinity and misogyny, one should annihilate … Continue reading The Male Gaze in Arab Cinema: Youssef Chahine between Voyeuristic Pleasure and Male Exhibitionism

Miss Juneteenth. A love letter to phenomenal women.

As I watched Nicole Beharie’s graceful and honest portrayal of this beautiful, overbearing and loving mother, I can’t help but think about my own.  Enter Turquoise.  Turquoise is beautiful, intelligent, … Continue reading Miss Juneteenth. A love letter to phenomenal women.

“Little Woods” sets the stage for Nia DaCosta’s anticipated follow up “Candyman”

Who’s excited for “Candyman”? It’s an understatement how thrilled I am about Nia DaCosta’s remake coming out this fall. I’m a fan of the original, but I see how DaCosta’s … Continue reading “Little Woods” sets the stage for Nia DaCosta’s anticipated follow up “Candyman”

Pausing Production to Create Hope in a Pandemic

In light of the pandemic crisis we’re in, we are supporting organizations that support womxn in film during these difficult times. Mezcla Media Collective is an organization that supports over … Continue reading Pausing Production to Create Hope in a Pandemic

Stream Movies from our Featured Womxn in Film

Josephine Decker’s “Madeline’s Madeline” Madeline has become an integral part of a prestigious physical theater troupe. When the workshop’s ambitious director pushes the teenager to weave her rich interior world … Continue reading Stream Movies from our Featured Womxn in Film

‘Women According to Men’ explores our shared humanity

Author: Zainab Zeb Khan  Iranian women’s rights have been a prime example of why personal stories are integral to understanding history. On March 1st, the Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA) … Continue reading ‘Women According to Men’ explores our shared humanity

What ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ taught me about myself

“It’s a Wonderful Life” illustrated how a person can forget all of the good in their life in a moment of despair. It is well known as a Christmas film, … Continue reading What ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ taught me about myself

‘Bombshell’ brings #MeToo to the big screen

[over the phone]Megyn Kelly: Ready to go to war?Gretchen Carlson: Oh, yeah. “Bombshell” (2019) Spoilers revealed Being interviewed by my soon-to-be boss, I could tell he thought I was good looking, that … Continue reading ‘Bombshell’ brings #MeToo to the big screen

Cinema Femme Voices: ‘Black Panther’

Earlier this year, we chose “Black Panther” to be our film focus for our January issue (read my editor’s letter here). I chose the film because of its global impact … Continue reading Cinema Femme Voices: ‘Black Panther’

‘Bombshell’ personal essay preview

Below are excerpts from my personal essay which will be featured on cinemafemme.com on December 13th. This is to avoid spoilers and get people excited about seeing the film. December … Continue reading ‘Bombshell’ personal essay preview