Joan Micklin Silver & Ava DuVernay
Joan Micklin Silver & Ava DuVernay Learnt Up

Joan Micklin Silver & Ava DuVernay

POSTED ON February 13 2018

A lotta lotta folks recommend a lotta lotta movies as Learnt Up homework for your hosts. For this episode, Lorraine and Sarah are discussing two filmmakers whose films they have been sleepin’ on despite them having been recommended time and time again. Sarah gets learnt up on Joan Micklin Silver’s 1988 romcom “Crossing Delancey,” which follows the misadventures of a young Jewish woman who faces pressure, from literally everyone, to settle down and marry. Spoiler alert: this film contains sexism. Meanwhile, Lorraine gets learnt on Ava DuVernay’s 2016 Netflix documentary, “13th” and promptly responds to it by saying, “Yeah. Yep. Absolutely. Mmhm. Yes.” In her film, Ava plainly explicates how the U.S. prison system is the reincarnation of U.S. slavery as it was in the 18th and 19th century. In sum, what we all learn today is to TRUST WOMEN (and marginalized folx in general) TO MAKE MOVIES! Amplify their voices in the film world, please and thank you! Oh also - unrelated but still an important note - we’re all really glad that in-family-mouth-kissers like Tom Brady aren’t Jewish.

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