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Review: “Once Upon a Time in Venezuela” Is an Immersive Dive Into a Vanishing Village

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Anabel Rodríguez Ríos's documentary "Once Upon A Time In Venezuela" beautifully depicts a village that offers a microcosmic view of Venezuela's broader political challenges.

Review: “La Flor de la Vida” Provides an Intimate Look into the Socially Isolated Lives of the Elderly

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Uruguayan documentary "La Flor de la Vida" explores the joys and sorrows of aging through intimate interviews and home video footage.

Review: “Monos” Masterfully Depicts War’s Effects On Colombia’s Children

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The Oscar-snubbed Colombian war movie "Monos" is a stunning, transcendent expression of cinema in its purest form.

Review: “Pájaros de Verano” Offers a Fresh Perspective on the Colombian Narco Movie

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"Pájaros de verano" ("Birds of Passage") offers a more nuanced and authentic take on Colombia's drug trade.

Authentically Mexican, “Roma” Is Different From Other Hollywood Foreign Language Darlings

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How "Roma" departs from other Hollywood foreign language darlings like "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon".

The Fourth Amigo: Why Emmanuel Lubezki Is One of Today’s Best Cinematographers

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Three-time Oscar winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki is the silent force behind many amazing films—like "Children of Men" and "The Revenant".

Interview: “En el Séptimo Día” Director Jim McKay Discusses The Cultural Mosaic of New York City

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"En el Séptimo Día" director Jim McKay discusses how he went about making a film so different from his own lived experience.

Interview: “Nossa Chape” Directors Jeff and Michael Zimbalist Discuss How Communities Rebuild After Tragedy

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The directors of "Nossa Chape" discuss their documentary, and the power of sport in recovering from national tragedies.

Review: Documentary “Nossa Chape” Explores the Transcendent Nature of Sports

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After a tragic plane crash, the Chapecoense football club rebuilds in this documentary about the societal impact of sports.

Review: “A Fantastic Woman” Earns Its Best Foreign Film Nomination

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A Fantastic Woman, Chile's entry for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars, is a beautiful and heartbreaking drama about a trans woman dealing with the...

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