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Shaking the Moral Standards of a Conservative Family

By Roger Costa TEMBLORES There are two decisive moments in Guatemalan director Jayro Bustamante’s sophomore project, and they occur during the tremors of the title, as the ground shakes, taking

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Rescuing the Victims of a Violent World

By Roger Costa ERNIE & JOE: CRISIS COPS Truthful and intensely striking, director Jenifer McShane’s SXSW’s Special Jury Award Winner follows the daily routine of a pair of officers from

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Brave Voices at the 2019 DOC NYC Festival

By Roger Costa AMERICAN MUSLIM A triumphant look at compassion, director Adam Zucker’s third feature follows the lives and struggles of five American-Muslims living in Brooklyn and Queens, as they

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Breaking the Rules of Forbidden Desires

By Roger Costa QUEEN OF HEARTS Overwhelmed with her law practices against women’s abuse, a very successful lawyer becomes uncomfortable inside her own home, when the rebel, estranged son of

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Searching for Acceptance at the 2019 NewFest LGBTQ New York

By Roger Costa QUEEN OF LAPA Very intimate, inclusive and truthful, Directors Theodore Collatos and Carolina Monnerat paint an accomplished portrait of being marginalized in Brazil, as they follow the

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Examining Social Conflicts at Nordic International Film Festival 2019

By Roger Costa A WHITE, WHITE DAY Iceland’s official entry for the Oscar’s Best International Film, writer-director Hlynur Palmason’s suspenseful drama depicts the effects of doubt and silent anger of

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By the Grace of God: Breaking a Controversial Silence Code

By Roger Costa Throughout his career, accomplished French filmmaker Francois Ozon has been investigating the depths of human desire in many forms, periods and situations with focus on the effects

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Human Rights Voices at the 2019 Margaret Mead Film Festival

By Roger Costa THE LAST MALE ON EARTH Spanning the wild-animals conservancy operations throughout the world, director Floor van der Meulen composes a richly observed, powerful statement of awareness, yet

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3 Must-See Documentaries at the 2019 New York Film Festival

By Roger Costa BITTER BREAD An aerial shot contemplates the gorgeous mountainous Lebanese landscape, landing on a Syrian refugee camp where their lives are threatened by inhumane conditions, negligence and

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Our Siege Society at the 57th New York Film Festival

By Roger Costa YOUNG AHMED Masters of modern Neo-realism, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne wraps up the decade with this tense, superbly acted and disturbing drama depicting the turbulent emotions of

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The Future of Shorts at the 2019 New York Film Festival

By Roger Costa Running September 27-October 13, the 57th New York Film Festival will showcase inventive and amusing shorts, announcing both emerging and established filmmakers ready for the future. PARTY

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The Endurance of Faith and Integrity

By Roger Costa THE HARVESTERS Looking deep into the horizon, the vast desert, mountainous, and prosperous land owned by his family, young boy Janno is struggling to maintain control of

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Running Away & Cleansing the Soul

By Roger Costa THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON While running away together, but for different reasons and directions, two abandoned young men are invited by a blind preacher to hear the

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Blossoming, Aging Spy And War Zone

By Roger Costa BEFORE YOU KNOW IT An ode to the feminine universe, its pleasures and challenges, writer-director-star Hannah Pearl Utt’s award-winning dysfunctional family comedy is an accurate and lovely

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Heartaches, Forbidden Desire & Driving America

By Roger Costa GENESIS After being asked by her boyfriend to allow themselves into an open-relationship status, Charlotte walks away to cry her disappointment out. In an attempt to consummate

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