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The Last Doll Lady (2017)

A free educational program ignited a 60 year passion for Selma. At 91, she's hoping to pass on it's legacy to a younger generation before it's too late


Taryn Hough


Taryn Hough
4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




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Selma Bukstein Selma Bukstein ... Herself


In the 1950s a program called Dolls for Democracy was started. Women known as "doll ladies" would travel to local schools and teach children, through the use of hand carved character dolls, about why racism and intolerance is wrong. Over the decades the program has faded into obscurity, but one woman has made it her life's mission to reignite a nations passion for the programs hopeful message. Selma Bukstein was one of the original doll ladies, now 60 years later and at the age of 91, she's the last doll lady. The Last Doll Lady follows Selma's efforts to revitalize the program and pass on its legacy to a new generation

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May 2017 (USA) See more »

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Won the award for Best Documentary at the Female Filmmakers Fuse Film Festival, CA (2018) See more »

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Excellent Short
5 June 2018 | by shouseandrewSee all my reviews

Taryn Hough does an exceptional job capturing the pursuit of happiness. You get a front row seat to the joy, disappointment, excitement, and fulfillment that life has to offer. It is the job of the artist to capture the essence of their subject and evoke emotion from the viewer, and Taryn does not disappoint. This film is a testament to the evolution of technology and what we risk losing in this ever changing environment by unflinchingly pushing forward and never looking back.

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