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Indian Horse

Indian Horse is ingrained with prejudice experienced by Canada’s Indigenous people.  Director Stephen S. Campanelli, who is usually hired as a camera operator on mainstream films, gives his audience a firsthand perspective of this chilling history while adapting Richard Wagamese’s award-winning novel of the same name.

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A United Kingdom

By: Jessica Goddard A United Kingdom is a beautifully-made, sincere, and well-acted historical drama.  Director Amma Asante (Belle) knows what she’s doing with this story, and hits all the right notes to make this an inspiring and uplifting film that still feels truthful and grounded in reality.

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Exit: Music

Nazis plundering art has been a subject of much consideration and curiosity ever since the objects began to be recovered.  Plenty of focus has been placed on paintings that were lost and found in this way, and the reasons for it are plain to be seen: the paintings have famous, long-deceased names attached and, due to their singular status, they can only be experienced by a limited number of people and can be valued at…

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Francofonia

Aleksandr Sokurov’s Francofonia is a spiritual successor to his innovative 2002 film Russian Ark, more so thematically than aesthetically.  Russian Ark was a narrativized tour of The Hermitage that doubly served as a re-enactment of parts of Russian history.  The most important fact about Russian Ark, however, is that it was shot entirely in one take – a formal element missing from Sokurov’s new film.

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1971

By: Addison Wylie Johanna Hamilton’s documentary has intrigue and suspicion.  It makes you question the legitimacy behind our privacy. 1971 is about the shocking true story of intrepid activists obtaining and distributing confidential FBI documents.  The files were finely searched through, and then sent to major news publications.  This act of defiance led to an unraveling case that had America looking at the FBI under an uncomfortably naked light.  A particular program titled Cointelpro had…