I Was Raised in a Cult. Like the Duggar Family, We Had Dark Secrets

Many are stunned after watching Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets, a docuseries about the famously growing Duggar family, on Amazon Prime. How could this have happened? The Duggars looked like such good people! But for those of us who grew up in similarly repressive environments, none of this was shocking. We lived it every day. What we viewed […]

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Women Talking: When Leaving Isn’t the Hardest Part

Originally a novel written by Miriam Toews, the film Women Talking, directed by Sarah Polley, won Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2023 Academy Awards. (Photo: Michael Gibson/Orion Pictures) Women Talking, an award-winning, international best-selling novel by Miriam Toews, was adapted into a screenplay and directed by filmmaker Sarah Polley. The star-studded cast includes Frances McDormand (Scarface), […]

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FILM / Val is part film. Part memoir. Part art installation. / Tamara MC

Val Kilmer’s 2021 documentary directed and produced by Leo Scott and Ting Poo fuses 1000s of hours of personal footage—videotapes and film reels—into an almost 2-hour film. In the first scene, Val is wearing a button-down shirt sharpied with the quote, “Islam means surrender.” Actor Val Kilmer slips on gargantuan turquoise and silver bracelets, rings, […]

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I Hate Dudes Like Bill in The Chair – Guest Post

By  Tamara MC Dr. Tamara MC is an Applied Linguist and Middle Eastern Studies scholar. She researches and writes about women and spirituality, specifically her hybrid identity of growing up simultaneously Jewish and Muslim on a Sufi commune in Texas. She attended Columbia University for an MFA in both poetry and creative nonfiction. In Summer […]

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