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The indie circuit has heard our pleas, and is attempting to push the boundaries regarding women in film. Though its attempts are both thoughtful and necessary, this journey is just beginning. Today marks the IFC release of indie flick “Raze,” starring stuntwoman-turned-actor Zoë Bell and a slew of other women, including Tracie Thoms (“Looper”), Rachel Nichols, Sherilyn Fenn, and a brief appearance from Rosario Dawson. Bell's character Sabrina leads a group of women made to fight to the death at the hands of an elite society. What would make them do such a horrible thing? If they lose a fight, their loved ones die. If they win a fight, their opponent dies at their hands, but their loved ones live. There can only be one winner.  “Raze,” which stars and was produced by Bell, features a cast of 23 women. Looking at the state of the industry when it comes to casting females as leads, »

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