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Janie is a laborer and a divorcee with five children. The camera follows Janie around as she takes care of household chores and documents her story. The film focuses on the changing general perception towards women by focusing on a woman who frees herself from the holds of her father and husband, and independently manages a family. By portraying the home as a woman’s space, creating an intimate relationship between the subject and the filmmaker, and giving the subject full control of her own voice makes Janie’s Janie an outstanding example of the particular strengths of feminist documentary. (Nam In-young)
Geri AshurGeri Ashur
Born in 1947 in Jersey City, New Jersey, Geri Ashur was a 1968 graduate of Barnard College. She also attended Yale University and studied anthropology at The New School. Her film work began in the 1960’s as a member of New York Newsreel. For five years she edited dozens of films including Make Out. In 1973 Geri directed Janie’s Janie with Peter Barton. In 1976, she directed and produced Me and Stella, a documentary portrait of legendary folk singer Elizabeth Cotton. Between 1974 and 1982 Ashur specialized as the editor of the English language versions of such films as Bergman’s Autumn Sonata, Bertolucci’s 1900, Truffaut’s The Last Metro and dozens of others. In the 1980’s, she began writing original screenplays including Fatal Attraction (1980). She died from lung cancer at 37 in 1984.