Nora Lee Mandel is a member of New York Film Critics Online. After high school weekends spent learning film history at NY’s Museum of Modern Art, she studied film criticism at New York University. In addition to many years of writing for national and New York City organizations in the arts, education, history, and city planning, her reviews of documentaries, independent, and foreign-language films, books, television, exhibitions, and music have also appeared in such outlets as:, FilmFestival Traveler and Lilith Magazine, the independent Jewish feminist quarterly. Her ongoing Critical Guide to Jewish Women in Movies, TV, and Pop Music has been the basis for her talks around the New York region.

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Womens’ empathy wins majority vote at Human Rights Watch Fest

 In this 29th year, an impressive 12 of the 15 features were the moving and illuminating work of female filmmakers; 11 documentaries and one autobiographical fiction.  Each film screened twice between June 14-21, 2018, at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the IFC Center.

Nora Ephron Award Shines a Spotlight on Women Filmmakers at 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

Manhattan’s 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival (April 18 – April 29) touted that 46 percent of the feature films in 2018 were directed by women (including special one-time screenings), the highest percentage in the festival’s history. The anticipated centerpiece for us at FF2 Media each year is the Nora Ephron Award which “recognizes a woman who embodies the spirit and vision of the legendary filmmaker and writer Nora Ephron.”

Women directors present charming, informative docs at NYFF

The 55th New York Film Festival of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, September – October 2017, featured some of the best documentaries by women directors this year. Using a wide variety of expressive, entertaining, poignant and educational styles, the films reveal both the neglected past and the troubled more.


Women directors present diverse, challenging films at NYFF

Given the prestigious imprimatur of the 55th New York Film Festival of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the features by the women directors were a diverse and challenging slate.

Women document impact of war, labor and injustice at Human Rights Watch Film Fest

Ten out of the 21 documentaries at the 28th annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival New York City were directed by women, including a rare retrospective. Co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFC Center, most screenings were followed by Q&As with filmmakers, film subjects, Human Rights Watch researchers and other experts in the more.


Senior Contributor Nora Lee Mandel

Contributor Nora Lee Mandel is a member of New York Film Critics Online and Alliance of Women Film Journalists; her reviews are counted in Rotten Tomatoes’ TomatoMeter.  She reviews films and television in Film Festival Traveler, Film-Forward, Lilith.  Her ongoing Critical Guide to Jewish Women in Movies and TV has been the basis for talks to audiences in New York and New Jersey, and Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival.  … read more.