THE BENGALI – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

The lyrical and poetic documentary The Bengali is about assumptions, stories handed down through generations, and how simple moments can dissolve resistance. The bulk of the film occurs in Khori, the village where roots-seeking New Orleans writer Fatima Shaik shows her grandfather’s picture, asks about life there a century ago, and tries to track down any records. In its gentle way, The Bengali shows how stories and presumptions can change, forging connections that are rich and real—not just to the past but to the world at large.

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KAVARY KAUL on Making BACK WALKING FORWARD – Jennifer Merin interviews

Filmmaker Kavery Kaul’s documentary, Back Walking Forward, presents the story of Eric, who survived a paralyzing brain injury at age 19 and, now, at age 33 is, with the full support of his loving parents and brother, still struggling to learn independent functions that we all take for granted. Eric is a charming, funny and charismatic central character. His family’s love and loyalty are inspiring, as is his doctor’s wisdom.

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