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Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

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The documentary genre is often overlooked, a shame given that there are so many beautiful and informative stories told in the documentary format. Recently Amanda LaFevers caught up with some films (and filmmakers) at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. It turned out to be a rip-roaring event all around. The 26th annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the oldest documentary film festival in the country, took place in historic downtown Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. Documentary fans flock to Hot Springs from surrounding cities and states every year to experience new documentaries and meet the amazing filmmakers behind these…

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The Rise of Women in Star Wars

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away an adventure that would go on to inspire generations was born. The original Star Wars movies boasted great male protagonists and antagonists. While the past film and television adaptations included an assortment of intriguing female characters, it’s only within the two most recent movies that we’ve seen women take center stage. How have these female characters evolved over time from subplots in a larger story to inspirational powerhouses with stories of their own?  Leia Organa Leia is undoubtedly the most iconic female in the entire Star Wars canon, and perhaps…

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Untamable Wildalone: Brigitte Bardot and the Emancipation of Female Individuality

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She would grow up to be regarded as “the most beautiful woman in the world.” But most importantly she would become the representative of modern-day femininity; the first to break through the many restrictive cultural and societal codes that applied to the women of her day.

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Polish Literature Meets HBO’s Hit New Series Westworld

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Coming of Age Under Martial Law (named 2016 Outstanding Academic Title by CHOICE) is а fascinating, in-depth examination of some 30 Polish novels written by the ‘89ers, a generation of writers whose coming of age coincided with the fall of Communism in Poland, and who had to quickly adapt to capitalism and western style democracy.

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