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BGN TIFF 2018 Review: ‘Stupid Young Heart’

Set in a Finnish suburb with a shifting demographic from all white to a growing immigrant presence—namely Somali migrants and refugees—Selma Vilhunen’s Stupid Young Heart sets the stage with pint-sized Lenni (Jere Ristseppä) and his long-time crush Kiira (Rosa Honkonen) accidentally getting pregnant. Since Kiira already had an abortion the year before, Kiira decides...

BGN Film Review: ‘Notes From The Field’

Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes From The Field begins abruptly, presenting its establishing theme and pattern, explored with burgeoning intensity in her one-woman show: the connective circulatory machine that is America’s education and prison systems. NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund head Sherrilyn Ifill (via Smith) refers to it as the “school-to-prison pipeline,” which evolves into...

BGN TIFF 2018 Review: ‘Life Itself’

Are you the hero of your own story?  Or perhaps you are trying to seek whom the hero is of your story? The Dan Fogelman drama Life Itself answers those questions in this beautifully knitted tale of interconnected stories from the lens of flawed people who begins to slowly discover the heroes in their stories. I...

BGN Film Review: ‘Black Panther’ – Marvel’s Greatest Accomplishment

The title of this movie review may seem hyperbolic to some, but trust me when I say that Marvel has created a masterpiece with Black Panther. I plan to keep this review spoiler-free and leave out details, because I want you to go in with fresh eyes and experience this the same way I...

BGN Film Review: ‘Museo’

Museo is a beautiful work of art featuring stunning cinematography and visuals, beautiful music, and a one of a kind story-line. The acting is amazing, the experimentation with visuals are greatly appreciated the language in which it is filmed in, Spanish, makes the film even better. Museo, which means museum in English, takes place...

BGN Film Review: ‘Back Roads’

  It’s been a few years since I’ve read Tawni O’Dell’s debut novel Back Roads, a story about a teenage boy who has to run a household after tragic circumstances. While watching the film adaptation of the New York Times bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club Selection, the story of abuse and family secrets reminded me...

BGN TIFF 2017 Review: ‘Sighted Eyes | Feeling Heart’

Documentary filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain explores the life of the famed and world renown playwright and Black activist Lorraine Hansberry in the new documentary Sighted Eyes | Feeling Heart.  Hansberry is best known for her work in her landmark play A Raisin in the Sun. Lorraine Hansberry is the first Black woman to put on a...

BGN TIFF 2017 Review: ‘The Carter Effect’

BGN at TIFF 2017 reviews the UNINTERRUPTED film The Carter Effect. The Carter Effect is a documentary directed by Sean Menard and is an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film features appearances from Steve Nash, Director X, David Stern, and global megastar Drake, with Drake and Lebron James as Executive Producers. This...

BGN Film Review: ‘Border’

By Tejah Wilson Border is a Nordic love story that bridges the gap between reality and fantasy. It’s a beautifully unique, yet unusual film. The story centers on Tina (Eva Melander) who has been led to believe that her unusual appearance was due to a chromosome flaw. It isn’t until she meets Vore (Eero Milonoff)...

SXSW 2018 Review: ‘A Quiet Place’

Ssssh. Don't say a word. Do not dare to make a noise or even a whisper in the small midwestern town where if you elect to make any kind of audible disruption it could mean the end of your life. The Paramount film A Quiet Place, which made its debut in Austin at the...
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