MOVIE OF THE WEEK September 27, 2019: RIOT GIRLS

Scrappy and full of style, “Riot Girls” is a memorable first feature from director Jovanka Vuckovic, who shoots for cult-movie status with her story of warring teen factions in an alternate 1995 ravaged by a disease that’s wiped out everyone past the age of pimples and angst.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK August 16, 2019: ONE CHILD NATION

Nanfu Wang’s One Child Nation is a frank, honest look at the devastating impact of China’s “one child per family” policy. Introduced by the Chinese government in 1979 as a radical way of curbing unsustainable population growth, the policy relied on powerful propaganda — and strict enforcement — to ensure compliance. In the documentary, the Chinese-born Wang, now a mother herself, explores the program’s long-term impact on her country and her people.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK April 13, 2018: THE RIDER

motw logo 1-35Sweeping vistas and earnest performances are at the heart of Chloe Zhao’s moving drama The Rider, which follows the struggles of a modern cowboy after his promising rodeo career is cut short by a grave injury. Filmed almost entirely on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, The Rider features Pine Ridge residents — members of the Lakota tribe — playing thinly fictionalized versions of themselves.Continue reading…

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