DAUGHTER OF MINE – Review by Loren King

Two very different women in a sleepy small town, bound by a shared secret … if that sounds like a Lifetime movie, or even a delicious Douglas Sirk melodrama, Daughter of Mine, from director Laura Bispuri, is anything but. It’s a compelling, naturalistic tale of motherhood and mother love, with a memorable young girl, Vittoria (Sara Casu), at the center of a stormy, primal relationship.

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WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY – Review by Loren King

What a perfect title for this heart-wrenching and necessary film. Who Will Write Our History written and directed by Roberta Grossman and executive produced by Nancy Spielberg, not only brings to light a vital historical event but resonates across space and time about what it means to bear witness.

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WHAT IS DEMOCRACY? – Review by Loren King

At a time when pundits, philosophers and politicians routinely talk about the attacks on democracy all around the world, and when critics of the current US president observe that he regularly runs roughshod over democratic norms, could there be a more vital film right now than What is Democracy?

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CAROL – Review by Loren King

Carol begins in the days leading to Christmas — all those reds and greens!— because the lonely season is a fitting time for two longing souls to meet and fall in love. Carol is a Christmas movie: the melancholy, the longing, the flashes of joy and anticipation, the rushes of despair. And, finally, hope — as a new year unfolds and love steps out of the shadows.

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SPOTLIGHT December 2018: Shelley Stamp, Film Historian, Curator and Educator

This month marks the release of the new six-DVD set “Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers” presented by Kino Lorber and Library of Congress. Author and film historian Shelley Stamp curated this ambitious compilation of works by women directors — some well-known; many unknown — with a focus on American films from 1911-1929. Spanning every genre and style, this collection is a revelation — which is why Stamp deserves this month’s Spotlight.

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