QUEEN OF LAPA – Review by Diane Carson

Luana, a sex worker since age, is a nationally recognized activist who established a safe hostel where transgender sex workers to live and work. Filmmakers Theodore Collatos and Carolina Monnerat hang out in the hostel, following the ladies day to day, overhearing conversations, watching brief performances and visiting the streets. What becomes obvious, and as one says, “We’re like a family. . . we cry, we love, we fight.”

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INVISIBLE LIFE – Review by Martha K Baker

Best not confuse Terrence Malik’s stunning study of a conscientious objector with Karim Aïnouz’ study of two sisters. Mallik’s film is entitled A Hidden Life and Aïnouz’ is Invisible Life. Both detail life in the shadows, but the South American film wrenches in a different way, the way of sorority.

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THREE SUMMERS – TIFF19 Review by Pam Grady

Acclaimed Brazilian actress Regina Casé—a Special Grand Jury prize winner at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival for her work in The Second Mother—delivers a richly empathetic and immensely likeable portrait of a striver whose heart is as big as her ambition in Sandra Kogut’s diverting drama.

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Bacurau – TIFF 19 Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

A ‘human safari’ tour business brings blood-thirsting North Americans to South America to let loose with their desire to kill in what what their intrinsic racism allows them to frame as “ethical”. They consider murdering rural, poor Brazilians a moral act superior to letting loose at a local shopping mall or elementary school in the United States.

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