WE DON’T DESERVE DOGS (SXSW2020) – Review by Tara McNamara

We Don’t Deserve Dogs is a documentary that shows how dogs are truly man’s best friend all across the globe, in a series of vignettes. People in one location in one country share their experience with how one dog has impacted their lives. Usually, the animal helped them with a positive transformation, but not always. Ultimately, as all dog films, it’s not really about the dogs. It’s about the humans.

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ECHOES OF THE INVISIBLE (SXSW2020) – Review by Tara McNamara

Echoes of the Invisible is as heady, vast and ambiguous as its title indicates. It has a lofty goal: to help us understand our place in the universe. To do so, it takes us on journeys ancient and present, up into the cosmos and down into the ocean’s icy depths, through deserts and rainforests to identify the world’s most persistent living organisms and exploring our interconnectedness: stranger to stranger, neighbor to neighbor, one nationality to another, and us to our ancestors and the earth around us.

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SPOTLIGHT February 2020: Sara Zandieh, Filmmaker, A SIMPLE WEDDING

As Hollywood moves to course correct in wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, Iranian-American director Sara Zandieh checks off a lot of requisite boxes, especially the one marked: TALENTED. After changing her career from journalism to writing and directing narrative films, each of her stepping stones has been a milestone.

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