JUMBO – Review by Nadine Whitney

Belgian director Zoé Wittock’s debut Jumbo tells a bizarre tale. Jeanne Tantois (Noémie Merlant) is a shy and “special” young woman who works as a cleaner in an amusement park. Something beyond reticent, Jeanne is reluctant to be around people and spends most of her time making models of park rides in her room in her mother’s house when she isn’t working. When the amusement park adds a new attraction, a large spinning ride, Jeanne finds herself falling in love with the machine she names Jumbo.

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Didar Domehri Talks GIRLS OF THE SUN and Women’s Resilience – Roxana Hadadi interviews

Before the release of Girls of the Sun, Roxana Hadadi spoke to producer Didar Domehri (who in 2009 created her own production company Maneki Films, which produced the film) about her and Husson’s vision, how Iranian-French actress Golshifteh Farahani became attached to the project, and the film’s portrait of female resilience and unity in the face of overwhelming cruelty and hardship.

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GIRLS OF THE SUN – Review by Sheila Roberts

French filmmaker Eva Husson’s Girls of the Sun is a fictional work drawn from the testimonies of real Kurdish and Yazidi women who were kidnapped, raped and brutalized by ISIS. The visceral film reveals the vile treatment they received at the hands of their captors and how they made a dangerous decision to escape and fight back.

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