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  • Shiraz

    Shiraz

    Sublime!

  • The Offended

    The Offended

    ★★★★

    Marcela Zamora's documentary heartbreakingly explores the personal and collective trauma and memories of the Salvadoran Civil War (1980-92). She discovers through interviews with her father, Ruben Zamora, leader of Fundobo Marti National Liberation Front (FMNLF), a coalition of Marxist guerilla groups and the main opposition to the military government during the war, his experience of torture at the hands of the junta, along the way also speaking to several survivors of torture.

    What follows is a horrifying excavation of deep…

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  • God's Own Country

    God's Own Country

    ★★★½

    Fleshy, fluidy and muddy. GOC is intimate, vulnerable, tender - all amidst the vast hilly expanse of the foggy Yorkshire Pennines. Dialogue is minimal - but the performances more than make up for it - esp. Josh O'Connor as Johnny Saxby: an apathetic, disenchanted adolescent (read: bit of a jackass) who recalcitrantly falls for the newly employed Romania migrant worker, Gheorgy, played by Alan Secareanu. Definitely one of the best British releases this year.

  • On the Rumba River

    On the Rumba River

    ★★★★★

    Pensive, playful, and politically pertinent at the same time. Sarasin's documentary is not just the story of the godfather of Rumba music in Africa, Papa Wendo, though that tale is a rich one, it is also a story of a nation: Congo. A story of rhythm and ruination, of artistic creation and political destruction, of friendship, family, and the love for music; of the hope that springs, as it appeared to the Congolese people at independence, and the betrayal that…