OLYMPIA – Review by April Neale

This bittersweet glimpse of her remarkable life allows Olympia Dukakis the freedom to flex the very muscles that catapulted her to fame. With no compunction, she openly discusses her obstacles, triumphs and regrets, and dishes about her collective career and personal experiences. She’s an octogenarian, and she’s still going strong.

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WIDOW OF SILENCE – Review by April Neale

Writer and director Praveen Morchhale’s award-winning drama Widow of Silence is a languorous study of a woman wronged. Thanks to extraordinary cinematography, Kashmir’s Dras valley is brought to life in this Urdu language film about a “half-widow” who has reached the end of her tether, netting a shocking twist at the film’s end.

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BEYOND DRIVEN: LELLA LOMBARDI AND THE WOMEN OF FORMULA RACING – Review by April Neale

Beyond Driven is a rallying cry that races to the finish with heart and hope that women in sports get the opportunities and recognition they deserve. It is action-packed, uplifting and heartwarming, a trifecta of all the good things a well-done documentary should be.

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DIRT MUSIC – Review by April Neale

Dirt Music would have made a brilliant TV series, there is so much character and backstory to unpack. That is the biggest criticism for this epic love triangle set in the sweeping expanse of arid Western Australia. Placed in the right hands, it could have been the next Netflix hit potboiler — the Ozark of Australia.

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HERE AWHILE – Review by April Neale

In Here Awhile, first time filmmaker Tim True does an exceptional job with producing partner, Csaba Mera, in presenting not just a an affecting drama about a young woman struck down in her prime by inoperable and untreatable cancer, but also educating viewers to the Oregon law that allows a terminally ill person to decide how and when to end their life.

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GO BACK TO CHINA – Review by April Neale

Following the successful release of Crazy Rich Asians and The Farewell, writer/director Emily Ting’s Go Back to China is a coming of age story that deals in an entertaining, upbeat way with the issues faced by Chinese Americans caught in the clash between the American way of life and traditional Chinese culture, between habits picked up in an adopted homeland and cultural roots planted on ancestral turf.

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