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The Brooklyn organization Ocularis invited film and video artists to respond to the 1974 Marlo Thomas TV special, regarded as pioneering in its treatment of race and gender. Perhaps because the feel-good original was hard to disagree with, the result lacks incisive commentary, so the usual avant-garde bag of tricks (fragmentation, images turned sideways, slowed-down sound) seems more playful than pointed. In Peggy Ahwesh's William's Doll, one of the few strong entries, a man plucks a doll from the trash because it's “OK” for boys to play with dolls, but there's a quirky hint of violence. 55 min.

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