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The Past Haunts Ellie Foumbi’s Film ‘Our Father, The Devil’

Our Father, the Devil is an impressive debut feature from writer/director Ellie Foumbi. It is a novel and forceful look at the complex moralities that surround violence and moral redemption, with stellar performances and carefully crafted filmmaking. 

The film begins with many moments of hope for the main character, Marie (played by Babetida Sadjo).read more.

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Exploring Untold History in Netflix’s ‘African Queens: Njinga’

Many of us are all too familiar with watching the intrigues and intricacies of monarchies on screen—the dichotomy between treason and loyalty, the convoluted politics, the legacies of queens and kings—often reserved for European historical fiction. Streaming platforms are rife with white-centric tales like The Tudors and The Crown among others.… read more.

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FF2 Shows Up for Kelly Reichardt’s SHOWING UP

Showing Up is a witty and insightful character study of a sculptor who navigates the mundane but unavoidable interruptions of everyday life in the week leading up to the opening of her new show. Directed and co-written by Kelly Reichardt, this 2022 Palm d’Or nominee is Kelly’s eighth feature and her fourth collaboration with Oscar-nominated actress Michelle Williams.… read more.

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Despite Clear Feminist Intentions, “Mafia Mamma” Never Quite Gels

“Watching women take on a male dominated genre is greatly satisfying, but, unfortunately, the script itself is one hundred percent Hollywood formula.

Guest Post by Angela Stern

Toni Collette can do anything. If that wasn’t official before, it certainly is now with the release of the new Cornerstone Film’s comedy Mafia Mamma.read more.

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Playfulness & Pretend Light the Dark in ‘Our Dark Academia’ Poems

Chess pieces, a white queen and a white knight, in front of a sunset

Adrienne Raphel’s new poetry collection, Our Dark Academia, deftly blurs the lines between performance, play, and identity. Seemingly autobiographical and written throughout the “Pandemic years” (2020-?), the poems in this collection are delicately and surprisingly interwoven.

Motifs like an upcoming birthday, a lost piece of jewelry (a family heirloom), and an addiction to online shopping spiral throughout the poems.… read more.

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Camille Dungy’s Urgent Ecopoetry from the Sixth Extinction

Camille T. Dungy was born in Denver but moved often. It is no surprise, then, that the poetry in her collection Trophic Cascade is filled with motion and displacement. Sometimes the displacement is due to travel and adventure, sometimes flight. Even what might seem stable or rooted, like an overflowing collection of Sports Illustrated magazines in the poem ‘Still life,’ is painted as precarious or fleeting.… read more.

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