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  • Strong Island

    Strong Island

    ★★★★½

    Fantastic film on prejudice in the US justice system and the effects of grief on families through the story of the murder of the director's brother and the white man not being charged. In this day and age, a very important and, unfortunately, timeless documentary. 

    Only minor complaints - in two instances there is music that is MUCH louder than the rest of the film. There was also a lot of fade outs to black backgrounds during interviews which was strange.

  • Chavela

    Chavela

    ★★★★★

    An important and intimate portrait of Chavela Vargas. She started singing in the 40s in Mexico and is one of the most incredible ranchero singers. The film talks about her early life, her loves (including Frida Kahlo among others), her alcoholism, and her career. As an early lesbian and a famous celebrity she opened doors for many.

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  • Birth of a Family

    Birth of a Family

    ★★★★★

    Four children, siblings all removed from their mother in the sixties scoop in Canada, unite for the first time ever for a week in Banff. Moving exploration of the importance of family and the legacies of racist policies in Canada.

  • Unarmed Verses

    Unarmed Verses

    ★★★★

    Film about the planned redevelopment of a Toronto community housing community and the displacement of residents. The film follows a young girl who is participating in a community arts group and finding her voice and learning self confidence. 

    Interesting and enjoyable, a great watch even if you're not local to Toronto.