THE MISSION – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

As a youth, John Chau fell in love with the exploits of Robinson Crusoe, dreamed of living in the trees on the beach, and believed God had adventures planned for him. At just twenty-six, he was so focused on one adventure—evangelizing to the indigenous people on an isolated island east of India—that it took his life.

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BOYS STATE – Review by Diane Carson

Directors Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss capture today’s politics in a microcosm through their documentary Boys State, a spirited, unpredictable look at the 2018 Texas Boys State experience. a week-long event where eleven hundred 17-year-olds, arbitrarily assigned to the fictional Federalists or Nationalists group, square off in representative elections, the most consequential for Boys State Governor.

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Sundance 2020: Female-Directed Films – Leslie Combemale reports

I saw only films directed by women this year, and my focus was on films from the Latinx community, as well as World films from diverse cultures, and African-American filmmakers. How absolutely delightful that I found nearly all of the movies I saw to be well-crafted, compelling, and unique, but a number of them were to be more widely celebrated because they’d gained distribution or won awards, or both.

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