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Forming a Special, Bizarre and Unique Feminine bond

By Roger Costa ZOMBI CHILD After his exquisite “Nocturama”, Bertrand Bonello returns with another raw, inclusive and accurate take on Millennials’ perspectives and behavior. Blending mysticism, social commentary, environmental issues,

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Music and Redemption at New York Jewish Film Festival 2020

By Roger Costa GOD OF THE PIANO A strong personification of a woman’s empowerment, Anat is determined to achieve her goals at any cost. She had been on a long

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Emerging Forces at New York Jewish Film Festival 2020

By Roger Costa LEONA An impressive, timely directorial debut, Isaac Cherem’s modern romance channels this generation’s emotional conflicts as they seek acceptance and meaning among family and society. Set in

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The Best Movies of 2019

By Roger Costa “Let us Dance to show God we are Grateful for being alive.” After watching 374 new films in 2019, here are my personal Top 10, essential picks,

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A Boy’s Innocence Brutally Taken Away

By Roger Costa THE PAINTED BIRD Life will not be easy for a Jewish boy during the Nazi invasion in Czech Republic, as he journeys through villages, tragically crossing paths

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Fighting for the Right to Be a Woman

By Roger Costa INVISIBLE LIFE In the opening scene, Gilda and Euridice, two inseparable sisters enjoying a summer afternoon in Rio, are separated as their individual impulses move them in

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Risking it All for Love at African Diaspora Film Festival

By Roger Costa 2 WEEKS IN LAGOS Nigerian filmmaker Kathryn Fasegha’s sophomore feature is one of those great surprises that remind us why we love movies. Through the simple premise

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Veredas: A Generation of Brazilian Filmmakers at Lincoln Center

By Roger Costa IN THE HEART OF THE WORLD Neo-realism finds a new home in writers-directors Gabriel Martins and Maurilio Martins’ astonishing dramatic puzzle connecting the lives of several residents

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Demanding Power to the People at African Diaspora Film Festival

By Roger Costa YOUR TURN Following the determination of a group of teen activists fighting for students’ rights in Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo, directors Eliza Capai and Renato Manganello’s

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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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