Yes, champions can come from anywhere. And New Zealander Niki Caro's a champ, director of McFarland USA . But she's the only woman director on the Disney list for 2015 , which includes Pixar films. Furthermore, there's only one film on the list with a female protagonist, Pixar's Inside Out , an animation 'told from the perspective of the emotions inside the mind of a girl' and written and directed by men. This is no good for those of us who enjoy films by and about women and girls. But on this first day of 2015 – happy new year to all! – I'm delighted to celebrate a new film by Niki Caro, her first since A Heavenly Vintage (2009). McFarland USA is based on a true story about Jim White, a teacher (played by Kevin Costner) who noticed that young Latino farm workers ran great distances each day just to get from their exhausting jobs to school and back home. He creates a cross-country team and transforms the team into a state cham
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