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November 30, 2019

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by Calum Reed Film Horizon Line

Harriet | Kasi Lemmons

Ever since Eve’s Bayou, Kasi Lemmons has foregrounded the need for black adolescents to realize the importance of their influence and existence in a society fundamentally unjust to them. This specific thematic concern may situate her as uniquely qualified to tell the  story of African American…

November 30, 2019
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by Christopher Bourne Film Horizon Line

Atlantics | Mati Diop

Mati Diop’s debut feature Atlantics utilizes multiple narrative modes: social-realist drama, love story, detective procedural, ghost story, supernatural possession tale. And if the seams between these disparate elements are sometimes visible, it’s to the film’s benefit, marking this work as a very personal, lovingly handcrafted…

November 30, 2019
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by Matthew Lucas Film Horizon Line

Varda by Agnès | Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda’s documentaries have often incorporated her immediate periphery – friends (Jane B. by Agnès V.), family (Uncle Yanco), neighbors (Diary of a Pregnant Woman, Daguerreotypes), or strangers she finds particularly interesting (The Gleaners and I, Faces Places). While she often takes part in the films…

November 30, 2019
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Before We Vanish by Luke Gorham Film

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open | Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers & Kathleen Hepburn

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open is a less garish film than its prolix title would suggest: instead, co-directors Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn have actually delivered a determined study in interruption, understated but never relaxed. The film traces a single day’s intersection in the lives of two First…

November 30, 2019
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