For the first time, there’s a documentary that examines the global impact of pedophilia from a sociocultural and historical perspective. “Are All Men Pedophiles?”, which has screened at various festivals this year, explores the question with the help of religious leaders, a psychologist, sexologist, neuroscientist and even a model scout. The film covers everything from the Lolita community (a Japanese fashion subculture oriented around looking a little girl), to stories of child sexual abuse, to opinions about teen-adult sex. It endeavors to bring out the “other side of the story” by making a distinction between pedophilia (attraction to young children) and hebephilia (clinically defined as attraction to pubescent children). Dutch director Jan-Willem Breure wanted “to confront people with the issue” he was facing himself. The 23-year-old was inspired to make the film (which he funded it himself) when he found himself attracted to girls as young as 15. The girl featured on the film poster which asks, “Do you find me attractive?” is only 14. Keep reading »
Nadya was just 13 when she was discovered by a model scout in her native Siberia. She signed a contract, was sent to work the runways in Japan, and ultimately returned to her poor hometown in debt–she spoke no English and no one told her that her living costs would be deducted from her salary. Her story, which is not unlike thousands of other young girls who are caught up in the global modeling machine, is at the center of a new documentary called “Girl Model,” which aims to expose the truth about underage modeling. It’s a truth that can be hard to handle: just watching the two-minute trailer made me feel sick to my stomach … Keep reading »
I am of the mind that Mr. Fred Rogers is one of the best human beings that has ever graced this planet. I have fond memories of watching “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” as a child, and consider him partially responsible for my ability to tie my shoes and fondness for old man cardigans. So I’m very, very excited to see the documentary “Mr. Rogers & Me,” directed by Benjamin Wagner, a former MTV producer who was Mr. Rogers’ neighbor for a summer. Mr. Rogers told him to “spread the message” that “deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex.” Following Mr. Rogers’ death in 2003, Wagner and his brother “set out to learn more about the man himself and discover what he meant by ‘deep and simple.’” Check out the trailer above; “Mr. Rogers & Me” has a few upcoming screenings and will be released on DVD on March 20. [Mr. Rogers & Me via Laughing Squid]
We’re not movie critics, but we are movie-a-holics. We watch tons and tons of movies (that’s what you do when it’s freezing in New York and you don’t want to leave your apartment, natch). As such, we’ve assembled a very unofficial and unscientific list of our favorite films of 2011. If you missed some of these, no worries! You can catch ‘em all on DVD or Netflix in 2012. We’ve all got our specialties: Jess loves a strong leading lady, I love a documentary and Amelia loves (everybody say it with me) Ryan Gosling. Find something to watch — and love — in 2012. And tell us: what’s your favorite movie of this past year?
“Rabbit Fever” is a documentary about the hidden America I’ve always wanted to discover. It’s like “Best In Show,” but real, and with rabbits. Gah! I want the giant, white fluffy one! I’m obsessed. I need to be the rabbit queen. And I need to see this film. [Buzzfeed]
Fashion insiders, like Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and Tom Ford, are no strangers to the fashion-on-film documentary. But with “God Save My Shoes” we get an in-depth look at the relationship women have with their footwear. Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Pierre Hardy, and Bruno Frisoni are a few of the shoe designers who make an appearance in the doc, but some shoe-hoarders, like Dita Von Teese, Kelly Rowland, and Fergie, also speak from the heart about their love for shoes. The documentary will premiere in Paris during fashion week this fall, but we can check out more teasers until “God Save My Shoes” arrives stateside. [Racked] Keep reading »