• carla

    I saw the film. There was plenty of diversity. For crying out loud. Why are we women our own worst enemies. Thank you for your fine efforts to make a really positive film that has the potential to be life-changing. I have Embraced, or at least I try to every day.

  • Paula

    Well said and well written and please know that you are powerful beyond any measure. Haters gonna hate. Also whilst this is negative publicity it is publicity and people will still make up their own minds by and large. In a perverse way it may in fact increase your exposure. Not that this is what you would have intended. xo

  • Marie

    The part about comments from people who haven’t seen the film is especially disappointing-was going to say infuriating but trying to keep my tone on an even keel!
    I also understand the part about resources for independent films. One of my daughters is a filmmaker and despite fundraising and people who help for free, etc. you can only do what you can pay for -or borrow for!

  • Katharine Hagerman

    Thank you Taryn, for all of the great work you have been doing and continue to do. And thank you for responding so eloquently and thoughtfully to the review. I know it must have been hard to receive, and I strongly agree that although thinking about these things is important, people could share those views in a more positive and constructive way. I’m sure you know this by now, but ‘haters gonna hate’ as the song goes… and all you can do is to keep doing your best and staying true to your honourable values and intentions as you do! Keep up the great work. Katharine

  • Merissa Foryani

    Good on you Taryn. I love the film, have seen it three times, and encourage every woman I talk with to see it. I think it should be compulsory viewing for teenage girls particularly. I think you’re doing a brilliant job of being an ambassador for change, and in owning your own perspective. Much love and respect. xx

  • K Haynes

    Let’s just start with F$@% YES! Sorry, I generally keep it clean in public but OMG, what happened here??? Taryn, I first saw your initial photos on FB (I’m no longer on) and followed Immediately! I supported your kick starter fund and all of the updates leading up to the film’s release. I waited in anticipation for it to be available in the US (Massachusetts to be

  • K Haynes

    I lost my initial comment and don’t know where in my rambling I left off!? Suffice it to say, Taryn, there will always be those who judge without knowledge but those of us who you’ve helped and who’ve seen Embrace will continue to share your message and inspiration and hopefully also live your message to encourage others to do the same. At 53, I feel beautiful, strong, worthy, and basically fabulous! And it’s because of people like you and inspiration like Embrace! Rock on with your bad self, sista! You are a rock star!!! Thank you! 😊❤

  • Manuela Brenner

    Taryn, I do understand that this got to you. It would have affected me as well. One of my best friends keeps saying: Whenever a storm hits, stumble, get back on your feet, put your crown back on your head, and keep walking. I did see the movie with some of my closest girlfriends. None of us commented on it being racially biased. What I’ve learned: If there is nothing else left you can argue with, use either race or gender as a topic. It always works. It doesn’t matter if it is politicans trying to grab us by our most basic fear or others who do it for all types of reasons. I work in the academic field and I’ve been part of hiring commissions. You HAVE to pick a woman to be among the last three, even if she less qualified than other male candidates because it would look bad if it was only men. Why? Isn’t this weird? We come from not taking women into account for these positions or pushing people because of their otherness into the margin of society to you HAVE to include EVERYONE, no matter what. And, yes, this is how a friendly society should act but it became a compulsion. One way or the other: both is sexist and racist. I think what you have accomplished with your movie is more than extraordinary. Thanks for making it and spreading your message. Seeing your movie contributed to a group of my friends, so far only female, to meet once a month and talk about our body, sexuality and whatever needs to be included in these conversations. So far only women because we thought for the beginning it would make it easier. Men to be included soon :-) You contributed to this. Thank you very much.

  • Azola Silinga

    As a black woman from South Africa (by the way we would have loved to have you in South Africa for the work you do) when I watched the film I did not once feel like the was an issue with race or the women you chose to use for your documentary. That wasn’t the point of the documentary and I am utterly shocked by this ridiculous review. Your documentary was recommended to be by a dear friend who actually so happens to be from Adelaide. I learnt so much from it and it’s exactly what I needed to hear at the time. I was not in a very good space and this documentary saved me. And that is what it should be about. I loved the film and I am very grateful for it. You did a great job for being an ambassador to women. Keep doing what you doing!