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Not all younger readers may know the story of Andreea Raducan; I certainly didn’t. But millennials and Gen Z kids might relate more than the older generations to the story of this child athlete pushed beyond most humans’ endurance. Director Denisa Morariu-Tamas creates a psychological portrait of a public controversy. (GPG: 3.5/5)
La Cienaga (2001) is Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel’s debut; subtitled in Spanish, it is the story of an extended family sniping and worrying about minutiae while the larger problem of their country’s economic stagnation looms. Like most bourgeoisie, this family is unwilling to admit either their shallowness and spend most of their lives avoiding it. Unfortunately, the film is so good at making us hate these characters that it isn’t gratifying. (GPG: 3/5).
We’ve all seen the Che photo that half of our high school classmates wore on their shirts, but not many of us know the artistic and political history of this iconic image. Documentarian Trisha Ziff illuminates the story of how a casual photo became an international symbol of revolution. (GPG: 4/5) Review by Contributing Editor […]
The horrors of Hiroshima come to life from the first person in eyewitness testimony from a survivor, along with the discoveries of a filmmaker trying to uncover her family’s history with the disaster. Mitchie Takeuchi goes on a journey with us in this documentary, while forging a strong bond with international nuclear disarmament activist and […]
A testament to what white writers can do to raise awareness of anti-racism issues lies in Anna Waterhouse’s recent work on Seberg and Race. These films are aware both of the urgency of these issues, and the often uncomfortable conversations that need to happen in order for change to be made. Seberg and Race were […]
I went to an art exhibit last week. How did I do that, you may ask, when the coronavirus is still spreading and New York is only up to outdoor dining in the reopening process? Atlas Obscura hosted a talk on Zoom about Cuban Propaganda Art, featuring posters from the wide collection owned by guest […]