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Crisis among Fathers and Sons & Husbands and Wives

By Roger Costa ACCEPT THE CALL A striking and revelatory documentary following a Somali immigrant trying to figure out whatever happened to the exemplar education given to his son, director

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Family Bond at Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2019

By Roger Costa THE VICE OF HOPE Director Edoardo De Angelis’ latest project is an audacious look at sex trafficking and human abuse set in a remote oceanside community infested

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Capturing this Generation’s Behavior and Aspirations

By Roger Costa Open Roads: New Italian Cinema kicks off the 2019 edition at Film at Lincoln Center with a selection of award-winning films capturing this generation’s behavior, aspirations and

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A Writer’s Journey for Understanding and Forgiveness

By Roger Costa MOUTHPIECE The camera follows Cassandra, a young female writer seeking emotional stability, as she gets back home after a party. Her strong, complex, ambiguous personality is expressed

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Premature Love, Ecological Alert & Political Satire

By Roger Costa THE THIRD WIFE In 19th Century Vietnam, a 14-year-old girl arrives at a village to become the landowner’s youngest wife; she’s introduced to the others, building a

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A Kidnapped Child, Political Trauma & Epic Soap Opera

By Roger Costa MY SON Two incredibly versatile French forces are reunited in this gripping and utterly violent thriller. First, there’s the stylish, profound, visceral perspectives of the great filmmaker

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Emerging Voices at NYC’s Panorama Europe 2019

By Roger Costa MADEMOISELLE PARADIS As she’s regaining her ability to see, a prodigy pianist cannot contain her disappointment falling into tears and desperation when she notices the cruel hypocrisy

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Five Must-See Docs at Tribeca Film Festival 2019

By Roger Costa 17 BLOCKS Spanning 20 years in the lives of a struggling African-American family, living in the shadows of crime and uncertainty, director Davy Rothbart paints a raw,

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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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