Finding Her Voice Episode One: Advantageous

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Hello and welcome to TYF’s newest podcast series, Finding Her Voice. Joined by editor in chief Gabrielle Bondi and film and television writer Alana Jane Chase, we’ve come together to highlight, celebrate and discuss films directed by women. From the very best and most significant in the cinematic canon to personal, under-seen favorites, our hope is to touch upon as many films and talents as we can that may be undervalued and/or hopefully provide listeners to more options to add to their “watch list” for the 52 Films by Women Challenge.

A monthly podcast, the three of us will pick one film that we (ideally) haven’t seen before, watch the film and then come together to discuss at length our general feelings of the film, how the female perspective possibly added to the overall atmosphere and our thoughts on the current (not so great) status and representation of women in film.

Our first pick is Advantageous directed by Jennifer Phang. Released in 2015 through Netflix, the film didn’t make much noise but has a small section of enthusiastic fans – myself included. With a small budget, the film tackles themes involving sexism, motherhood, aging and race in this haunting and evocative film about a mother who is willing to sacrifice herself and her identity in order to retain hope that her daughter will have a greater, more rewarding life.

It’s a beautiful watch.

Listen to the link below and subscribe if you are interested in our ongoing process!

Finding Her Voice – Finding Her Voice: Episode One-Advantageous

Episode two will feature the film How to Make an American Quilt directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse. Have you seen the film? If so, what should the focus of our discussion be? If not, watch it on Netflix in June and tweet us at @TYFofficial or comment here about what you thought about the film, and we can include your comments and thoughts.We can’t wait for new discussions to unfold.

What’s the best film you’ve seen in 2016 directed by a women?

She is a 23 year old in Boston MA. She is hugely passionate about film, television and writing. Along with theyoungfolks, she also is a contributor over at TheMarySue.com . You can contact her on Twitter (@AllysonAJ) or via email: allyson@theyoungfolks.com.