Reviews

the things i am thinking while smiling politely…

Dodua Otoo's writing is efficient and brutal with a journal-like quality. This writing style effortlessly explores complex issues like white supremacy in intimate relationships, cultural colonialism, immigration, the mine-field of divorce and universal human failure. None of these issues are at the center of the story, yet are weaved through everything that happens. Her narrative gives us a sneak peek into the unsaid and often felt universe of a black woman in Berlin. ...

Review: Born This Way

In a country where being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer is a crime, there are still people who dare to be themselves and put their freedom on the line in order to help others in the community. The documentary, the feature-length debut of directors Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullmann, premiered at the Berlinale and introduced us to the lives of homosexuals living in Cameroon. The film is self-produced and is shot guerrilla style....

Review: Portrait of Jason

The original master material of Clarke's was lost for over 45 years, and thanks in part to Milestone Pictures Kickstarter campaign, a restored print was premiered at the film festival in Berlin to sold- out audiences. One has to wonder how such a seminal film, one that Ingmar Bergman described as, “The most fascinating film I've ever seen,” could come so close to being lost from history. It would be easy to say that the Black, gay character and a female director are the cause for the films mishandling by the powers that be, but perhaps the films' challenging nature - exactly the thing that make it so special – is what put it in danger of being erased from the film canon....

Review: Twa Timoun | Three Kids | Drei Kinder

Haiti is about to have a devastating earthquake and three boys in a orphanage are dreaming of fleeing. They share two beds between them and dream of the endless possibilities of life on the street. Three Kids chronicles their journey in the aftermath of the earthquake as they struggle with the realities of urban independence. The film presents the conflict of children that are completely detached from their roots yet possessed by the ghosts of their past....

Sweet Sensory Overload

It's been a while since I've been in the dancehall so I forgot the amount of energy required to be fully present at a solid sound system show.  Major Lazer is a...

Dirty Danny Brown

The problem with talent is that you can't control who gets it. Which means you may not like what people choose to do with it, but you can't deny it.  I kept tel...

Review: Chocó

I totally understand why the director of Chocó, Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza, cried while introducing the movie's premiere at the Berlinale.  He spoke about the fa...

Call Me Kuchu

Call Me Kuchu is the best documentary that I have seen at the Berlinale. I knew going into the movie that it had something to do with gay rights in Uganda and I...