IN THE REARVIEW (TIFF 2023) – Review by Leslie Combemale

In the Rearview is aptly named. It’s a documentary in which the camera sits inside a car, driving in Ukraine evacuating people from their homes. That’s the entire movie. Does it sound boring or repetitive? It’s anything but. What this film does, is it reveals the dangers, horrors, and tragedy of war in a way that nothing else could, and in so doing is an essential document of this moment in history. In the Rearview is a powerful act of protest, done via filmmaking.

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THE EARTH IS BLUE AS THE ORANGE – Review by Martha K Baker

Interest in Ukraine has magnified since Russia invaded the country, but a meaningful documentary like The Earth Is as Blue as an Orange opens a curtain on the country’s past five years. The film shows an ordinary family reframing life with attitude. The family that is the subject of the film refuses to fall victim to constant warfare. A shield of love protects these good people, who see art where others see hell.

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MR JONES – Review by Cate Marquis

The great Polish director/writer Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness, Europa Europa) reverses the usual case of a male director telling the story of a courageous woman, to tell the story of a persistent young Welsh journalist in the early 1930s. Mr. Jones tells a truth-based tale about Gareth Jones (James Norton), who uncovers a secret famine in the Ukraine, and whose discoveries reveal the truth about Stalin and help inspire George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

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