People will connect with Maureen Judge’s award-winning doc My Millennial Life, but I also worry that it may be redundant.
Judge follows the lives of five educated millennials who are struggling to apply their intellect and skills to a career. It’s mostly problematic because employers haven’t been reciprocal or have offered fruitful opportunities. The subjects with steady jobs and consistent hours are grateful, but they feel restricted. Other limitations occur with personal struggles. For one woman, her worried family hovers and doubts her high ambitions. However, this is a chance for growth as she stands her ground against critics and other incoming doubt.
As I’ve established, My Millennial Life rides a narrow line between being a cathartic and empathetic experience for viewers who have faced similar obstacles, but it can also be perceived as a project that preaches to its choir through a bullhorn. Whether it falls in the former or the latter, I understand a film like this should exist as an evocative resource.
Maureen Judge’s smartest decision as a documentarian, in this case, was to not give My Millennial Life a specific takeaway. It’s a completely subjective film that turns towards its audience for a purpose. The film didn’t entirely work for me, but I respect Judge’s filmmaking.
My Millennial Life screens as part of The MUFF Society’s HER-STORY series. Catch the doc at Toronto’s Carlton Cinema on Wednesday, October 4 at 6:00 pm.
Director Maureen Judge (and special guests) will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.
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