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Trailer: Makala

— by BEV QUESTAD —

This is the story of Kabwita Kasongo, a poor man living with his beautiful family in a mud brick hut in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Makala is word for the charcoal he makes. Emmanuel Gras, the film’s creator, lets you can walk in Kabwita’s shoes for about one week. You get an experience of what it is like to be a hardworking, honest man who is trying to provide for his family in one of the poorest countries on earth.

Gras has long been fascinated by the men who carry heavy loads. What are they like, what are their goals, how hard do they really work, what drives them and in what ways can we identify with them? These questions and more are answered as you travel with Kabwita to work and see the world through his eyes. (CONTINUED)


Review: The Young Karl Marx

— by RON WILKINSON — They were the best of times and, well, you know the rest. Raoul Peck follows up his vibrant Oscar-nominated “I Am Not Your Negro” with this yeasty diatribe on the eve of socialism. “Das Kapital” is brewing in a pot of larger than life characters who live for work, liberty […][...]


Review: Western

— by RON WILKINSON — Lanky lead Meinhard Neumann plays a different kind of cowboy in “Western,” a low-key pondering of war and peace. Meinhard works on a German construction crew that must build a dam in remote Bulgaria. A self-described former “Legionnaire,” its seems he has been sent to Bulgaria by the same powerful, […][...]


Get excited for Game of Thrones Season 8

— by TOM HARRISON — The decision to wait until 2019 for the final six-episode season of “Game of Thrones” may seem counter-intuitive to keeping fan momentum going to finally find out who will end up on The Iron Throne of Westeros, but it is in fact a very effective one. By limiting the connection […][...]


Trailer: The Rape of Recy Taylor

— by BEV QUESTAD — Oprah Winfrey announced the December death of Recy Taylor during her powerful 2018 Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech. She let the world know of Taylor’s gang rape by white boys, her courageous accusation, her connection to Rosa Parks and how that influenced Rosa Parks’ 1955 bus ride […][...]


Review: Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle

— by BEV QUESTAD — This bizarre feature memoir was filmed by Spanish actor/director Gustavo Salmeron, at the pit of his family’s demise. While his mother, Julita, had gotten her three wishes – lots of kids, a monkey and a beautiful castle – they lose it all in the Spanish economic collapse. In the chaos, […][...]


Review: Soufra

— by BEV QUESTAD — Mariam Shaar was born imprisoned in the narrow corridors of a labyrinth of narrow passages with dangling lethal electrical wires and men slumped in the shadows on plastic chairs. Like her mother and other refugee women, she was trapped in a No Exit scenario. But unlike the women before her, […][...]


41st Portland International Film Festival

— by BEV QUESTAD — Each February, Portland, Oregon, sparkles up with PIFF, the Portland International Film Festival. This year’s opening night gala – abounding with Pinot Noir, grilled vegetables, quinoa and baklava – was a maximum capacity event. The movie of the night was “The Death of Stalin” from Armando Iannucci, which will be […][...]


Previewing the 90th Academy Awards

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony is growing agonisingly close and the film industry is on tenterhooks to see who will seize glory. Jimmy Kimmel is returning to host Hollywood’s most celebrated event of the year at the Dolby Theatre in LA on March 4 and speculation is raging among fans over who will win coveted […][...]