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CFA executive board member junior Melissa Tomczak is photographed working on the set of a project on which she serves as an editor on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.

Despite Oscars' neglect of women in top categories, UNC female filmmakers fight on

The Academy Awards were held on Feb. 9, honoring what many would consider to be the best of film. In the category for best director, no women were nominated. In the 92 years of Oscars awards, five women total have been nominated for best director. Only one has won. But despite this lack of recognition, many female directors at UNC are far from disheartened. Through academic programs such as film studies in the communications department to student organizations like Carolina Film Association, female directors on campus are actively striving to break through this gendered barrier. 

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A plaque to honor William Alexander Graham, Confederate States Senator among many other titles, is pictured on display in Memorial Hall on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. After the UNC System's decision to give funding and perpetual rights to Silent Sam to the North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans, Carolina Performing Arts released a statement on how surprised they were about the decision. Though CPA's statement recognized the plaques as a reminder of Southern history, their future is unknown.

'Distorted and false version of history': CPA responds to Silent Sam settlement

On Dec. 20, Carolina Performing Arts released a statement in response to the Sons of Confederate Veterans settlement. Chancellor Emeritus James Moeser said CPA is "appalled at the agreement entered into on our behalf by the UNC System Board of Governors."  However, CPA is also dealing with its own place in history. Its primary venue, Memorial Hall, prominently displays plaques in remembrance of founders of the University and memorializing Confederate alumni. Now, CPA recognizes its role in addressing these difficult issues through art.

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