Judy Blume Forever
Directed by: Davina Pardo and Leah Wolchok
USA, 2023, 97m
Generations of readers have found themselves in a Judy Blume book. Her name alone launches a flood of memories for anyone who’s gripped one of her many paperbacks. For decades, Blume’s radical honesty has comforted and captivated readers—and landed her at the center of controversy for her frankness about puberty and sex. Now the beloved American author candidly shares her own coming-of-age story. FFF Grand Jury Award winner Davina Pardo (“Minka,” FFF 2011 and “116 Cameras,” FFF 2017) and Leah Wolchok trace Blume’s journey from fearful, imaginative child, to storytelling pioneer who elevated the physical and emotional lives of kids and teens, to banned writer who continues to fight back against censorship today. With humor, sensitivity, and a healthy dose of adolescent cringe, Judy Blume Forever tells the story of the woman whose trail-blazing books changed the way millions of readers (including film participants Molly Ringwald and Samantha Bee) understand themselves, their sexuality, and what it means to grow up.