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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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Scary Movies XII at Film at Lincoln Center

By Roger Costa Here are some not-to-be-missed horror flicks at the 2019 Scary Movies Festival at Film at Lincoln Center, running August 16-21. BLOODLINE Provocative, extremely gore and surprisingly original,

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Times of Racial Conflicts & Social Abandonment

By Roger Costa WHAT YOU GONNA DO WHEN THE WORLD’S ON FIRE? Award-winning documentarian Roberto Minervini returns with this shocking, raw and inclusive take on the contemporary (and very violent)

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The Art of Manipulation & Adolescence in Conflict

By Roger Costa TEL AVIV ON FIRE Extremely irreverent and brilliantly cynical, Palestinian director Sameh Zoabi’s romcom is a delightful and smart look at the never-ending conflicts among Jews and

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A Feminine Perspective On the Horrors of War

By Roger Costa FOR SAMA Looking around the devastation and hopelessness around her, a young journalist apologizes to her baby daughter for bringing her into this chaotic world. Directed by

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A Country’s Personal Journey into a Tragic Past

By Roger Costa I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS During the rehearsals of a theater production narrating the Odessa tragedy, where thousands of Jews

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Memories, Millennials, Refugees and True Crime

By Roger Costa LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT Visually arresting and poetically contagious, Gan Bi’s sophomore feature is one of this year’s most celebrated films. Its dazzling aesthetic, colors, and

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More Essential Cinema at New York Asian Film Festival 2019

By Roger Costa FURIE In his seventh feature, Vietnamese director Le-Van Kiet conceives his most accomplished film yet, an exciting, well-done action thriller filled with sensational chases and martial arts

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