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Teen Love, Therapy Cafe, Historic Invention & Fatal Crime

By Roger Costa RAFIKI An unlikely bond between two girls will stir up controversy in a small Kenyan town, on the edge of an important local election. Director Wanuri Kahiu’s

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Resisting War and Expressing Hidden Desires

By Roger Costa GIRLS OF THE SUN Intensely filmed as a brutally raw portrait of violence against women, director Eva Husson’s Cannes sensation is an accomplished contemporary war tale about

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A Child Hero and Modern Adult Laborers

By Roger Costa STORM BOY Sadly, Millennials will never know the essence and magical plenitude of experiencing an active, adventurous, and sometimes sacrificial childhood. The excitement and playful aspects of

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Personal Realism at New Directors/New Films 2019

By Roger Costa MIDNIGHT FAMILY Writer-Director Luke Lorentzen’s remarkable documentary stirs up controversy as it reports Mexico City’s decadent health system, forcing its citizens to hire private ambulances, as the

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Becoming a Woman and Expecting To Be Loved

By Roger Costa THE SOWER The Republican uprising in 1851 caused the incarceration of all men ruled by Napoleon, leaving the women alone to learn on their own how to

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Seeking to Avenge Brutality and Unrequited Love

By Roger Costa ICEMAN Based on the discovery of Ötzi, one of the oldest mummies in the world, also known as the Iceman, writer-director Felix Randau’s Locarno Festival sensation is

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Unique Discoveries at the 2019 SXSW Festival

By Roger Costa AMAZONIA GROOVE “We live in permanent connection to these waters; it’s a continuously moving process of creation”, declares one of the musicians interviewed in this fascinating, electrifying

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Women On Top of Their Games

By Roger Costa STYX In this vigorous thriller, a doctor sails the African seas on her own in search of a never-explored island but turns out her discovery is quite

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Emerging Forces at the 2019 Neighboring Scenes: New Latin Cinema

By Roger Costa ETERNITY There’s a gratifying sense of being closer to the Creator throughout the entire narrative in writer-director Óscar Catacora’s astonishing sophomore project. Winner of the Best Director

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Fighting for Family Matters

By Roger Costa DOONYBROOK Almost two decades after stealing audiences’ hearts with his breakthrough performance in the Oscar-nominated drama “Billy Elliot”, 32-year-old actor Jamie Bell finds acting perfection here, giving

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Haunted by a Restless Ghost & a Serial Killer

By Roger Costa TO DUST Following up his breakthrough performance in the Oscar-winning film “Son of Saul”, Hungarian actor Géza Röhrig makes his English-speaking feature debut in this charming, wisely

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Communion Strength at Film Comment Selects 2019

By Roger Costa LOS SILENCIOS A simple quest for a child’s school uniform becomes a turbulent reflection for the struggle, poverty and negligence of a tribal community living under edgy

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Hiding out while Resisting Nazism, and Other Flicks

By Roger Costa THE INVISIBLES Set in 1943 Berlin, director Claus Räfle’s debut follows the risky adventures of four people who managed to skip deportation and camp incarceration, hiding under

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Surviving Disorder, Hormones and War

By Roger Costa THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS Just like any other kid of his age, 10-year-old Oleg is experiencing the transition between childhood and teenhood with diverse effects. There’s

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Human Conditions at the 2019 New York Jewish Film Festival

By Roger Costa ECHO A complex and modern look at a troubled couple, directors Amikam Kovner and Assaf Snir’s sophomore project is a haunting marital crisis examination. In an absorbing,

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