Episode 33: Barbara Loden’s Wanda (1970)

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Released in 1970, Barbara Loden’s “Wanda” is a monumental achievement of American independent cinema. It tells the story of a woman living on the margins of society, rejected by almost everyone, a failure in just about everything she does. Loden was inspired to make the film after reading about a woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison and thanked the judge. “Wanda” was Loden’s first and only film. For me, “Wanda” is personal. It is about the many lost, forgotten, erased, and silenced women in the world, including myself.

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