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Joanna James’s documentary ‘A Fine Line’ shines light on the struggles faced by female chefs

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In Joanna James’s documentary “A Fine Line,” Barbara Lynch, Lidia Bastianich, April Bloomfield, and other well-known women from the food world detail the challenges they faced on their way to celebrated careers in an industry where fewer than 7 percent of restaurants are helmed by female chefs or owners. But it’s the filmmaker’s mother, Valerie James, owner of Val’s Restaurant in Holden, who brings the story close to home.