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Kombinat review – dark, eerie doc on Russia’s ‘socialist city of steel’
Gabriel Tejedor captures the challenges of life in the remote, Stalinesque city of Magnitogorsk where hope glimmers from beyond the factory floor

Phuong Le

24, Jan, 2022 @4:00 PM

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Non Western review – heartfelt reflection on marriage and Native American identity
The past grapples uneasily with present as director Laura Plancarte examines the tests facing a couple as they plan their wedding in the rural west

Phuong Le

17, Jan, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Radiograph of a Family review – unveiling a marriage shaped by Iran’s history
Firouzeh Khosrovani’s autobiographical film shows how the turbulent currents of Iranian life defined her family’s life

Phuong Le

17, Jan, 2022 @12:00 PM

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President review – an intimate look at Zimbabwe’s collective cry for democracy and freedom
Camilla Nielsson’s thrilling documentary takes a behind-the-scenes look at the 2018 election that followed the ousting of Robert Mugabe

Phuong Le

11, Jan, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Another Paradise review – shining a light on the Chagos Islands travesty
The ripple effects of western imperialism are laid bare in this affecting doc about Creole people ejected from their homeland

Phuong Le

03, Jan, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Kinshasa Makambo review – gripping account of Congo’s fight for democracy
Courageous and absorbing film follows three young men in the resistance movement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Phuong Le

27, Dec, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Not Knowing review – homophobic bullies wreck Turkish water polo kid’s life
Rumours about a young athlete’s sexuality have devastating consequences in an public-service lesson that lacks dramatic acuity

Phuong Le

06, Dec, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Captains of Zaatari review – football-mad Syrian refugee kids yearn for escape
Ali El Arabi keeps his teenage subjects up close in this wonderfully empathetic film that humanises displaced people

Phuong Le

03, Dec, 2021 @2:47 PM

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Night Raiders review – search for Native American children turns dystopian sci-fi
Danis Goulet’s cautionary tale of an Indigenous mother’s rescue mission with overtones of the residential school scandal is thinly characterised

Phuong Le

29, Nov, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Chhorii review – Hindi horror remake falls prey to its own failings
Over-reliance on a spooky score and clunky pacing mean that Vishal Furia’s remake of his own film simply reiterates the original’s dubious talking points

Phuong Le

25, Nov, 2021 @6:30 PM

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Dying to Divorce review – Turkish marital violence doc reaches for hope
Interweaving traumatic personal stories with those of systematic state discrimination, the film has to look hard for signs of progress

Phuong Le

22, Nov, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Dear Future Children review – profiles of young people who are out to change the world
This dynamic documentary from 22-year-old director Franz Böhm captures the struggle for justice by three young women in Hong Kong, Chile and Uganda

Phuong Le

19, Nov, 2021 @11:20 AM

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