Five Films by Women You May Have Missed in 2016

Now that awards season has come and gone, one of the most notable deficiencies in the hubbub have been recognition of films by women. Despite the dismal statistics in the film industry for female directors, 2016 has been a powerhouse for female-directed films focused on diverse and complex women. Ava DuVernay’s 13th and Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann were recognized…

An Open Life

I had been foolish, once again, to let my heart be torn open by men. My mother had warned me about this once. Strict, autocratic, with a tinge of neuroticism dyed into her every nerve, she had ruled over my household with an iron fist. No wonder – she had escaped communist China with her…