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The Mother Tongue Film Festival preserves languages and culture from native communities through entertainment

(04/01/22 8:39pm)

From Feb. 17 to March 4, the Smithsonian’s Mother Tongue Film Festival celebrated cultural and linguistic diversity by debuting documentaries, round table discussions and feature films that emphasize filmmakers and storytelling from around the world. 

REVIEW: ‘You Won’t Be Alone’ grapples with what it means to be human

(04/01/22 3:08pm)

Fans of folk horror and those who enjoyed “The Witch,” “Midsommar” and “Lamb” will likely savor “You Won’t Be Alone,” filmmaker Goran Stolevski’s directorial debut. What sets Stolveski’s film apart from its predecessors, however, is its self-awareness and depiction of humanity.

REVIEW: ‘Madres’ is a mediocre horror film overshadowed by its disturbing true story

(10/15/21 2:06pm)

With Halloween quickly approaching, Blumhouse Productions continues their spooky antics with “Madres,” directed by Ryan Zaragoza, the newest installation of their horror anthology series. Based on actual events, the film attempts to illuminate the truth behind a real-life horror story from 1970s Los Angeles.

Standout documentaries from the AFI DOCS festival

(07/20/21 2:01pm)

For the first time in a year, the American Film Institute Silver Theater welcomed cinephiles back for the annual AFI DOCS film festival. Festival attendees had the option of virtual and in-person screenings to accommodate the eventual transition to post-pandemic life. I decided to attend in person on premiere night, a choice that proved worthwhile as there was a tangible buzz emanating in the crowd. For many, including myself, this was the first moviegoing experience since before the pandemic.