Today, we’ll start off with the film review by Jessica Mack called ”‘Crying Girl’ DVD makes me cry, but not for the obvious reason”
You may have already heard about “Crying Girl” DVD, released in Japan last month. It features 11 young Japanese actresses, crying over real-life dramas they’ve had. And…that’s about it. The DVD is being marketed toward Japanese men, either for sexual or ego enjoyment purposes.
While I’m not really surprised that this DVD exists, given the wide rage of fetishes out there especially when it comes to viewing women as victims or vulnerable (just because I’m not surprised doesn’t mean I don’t find that problematic), I’m really bothered by the lack of criticism it’s receiving from bloggers and news outlets, where it’s gotten any coverage at all.
“Film Review: Pushing the Elephant” by Carrie Nelson
Earlier this week, I watched the Independent Lens broadcast of Beth Davenport and Elizabeth Mandel‘s documentary, Pushing The Elephant. The film follows Rose Mapendo, a Banyamulenge Tutsi refugee living in Arizona, as she is reunited with her daughter Nangabire after thirteen years of separation. Set against the aftermath of the Second Congo War, Pushing The Elephant is simultaneously a story about family, adjustment to new surroundings and surviving violence.