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‘Down in the Delta’: Maya Angelou’s Legacy Includes This Timeless Gem

Maya Angelou’s directorial debut, Down in the Delta (1998), tells a story of the Sinclair family’s history (in the tumultuous past) and solidarity (in the treacherous present). Under her insightful direction, every member of the large shines. (SAT: 4.5/5)

Maya Angelou’s directorial debut, Down in the Delta (1998) opens in a poor Chicago neighborhood where Rosa Lynn (Mary Alice) does her best to care for her drug-addicted daughter Loretta (Alfre Woodard).read more.

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Watch at Home: Three to See from Chicago’s CIFF 2021

Exposure at CIFF by Holly Morris
At CIFF, three new films from women filmmakers, Neus Ballús, Andrea Arnold, and Holly Morris, to watch at home.
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‘Digitalkarma’ and ‘Hala’ tell women’s stories at Chicago International Film Festival

The 55th annual Chicago International Film Festival runs through October 27 at the AMC River East theater. Of the 132 features, 43 are directed by women. In an article I wrote on last year’s CIFF, there were 38 female directors. The previous article showed that there were 36 films directed by women. Out of 17 films submitted for nomination for the 92nd Oscars, three are directed by women: Maryam Touzani ‘s Adam (Morocco), Mati Diop’s Atlantics (Senegal), and Halina Reijn ‘s Instinct (The Netherlands).read more.

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Women directors come of age at Chicago International Film Festival

The 55th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) kicks off this weekend, featuring more than 40 films directed by women during its 11-day lineup. 

The festival has a history of striving toward gender equality, featuring more than 30 films directed by women in 2017 and 2018. Favorite films in previous years have included Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, Nia Dacosta’s Little Woods and a handful of excellent foreign features submitted for Academy Award consideration.read more.

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