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HALF THE PICTURE is a documentary about the dismal number of women directors working in Hollywood, using the current EEOC investigation into discriminatory hiring practices as a framework to talk to successful women directors about their career paths, struggles, inspiration and hopes for the future.
Half the Picture (2018) is a documentary directed by Amy Adrion. The problem discussed in this movie is that women direct only a small percentage of movies. Not only that, but this percentage is not getting larger. In fact, it may be getting smaller.
The weakness of the film is that it's primarily a "talking head" documentary. We hear the same problematic story from woman after woman. Even if they direct a very successful film, their phone doesn't ring with calls from producers who want them to direct another film. The consensus is that most producers are men, and they just don't trust women to properly direct a movie.
I knew about the grim prospects for women directors before I saw Half the Picture, but it was useful to get the facts first hand from the directors themselves.
The problem I find with a movie like this is that nobody suggests any action, except maybe discrimination lawsuits. If someone in the audience wants to help change the situation, how would they do it?
If you're a movie buff and/or a feminist, this film is well worth seeking out. We saw it on the large screen at Rochester's wonderful Little Theatre. It will work well on DVD.
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