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Lucy Popescu

HRW 2016: Mediterranea review

★★★★☆ Jonas Carpignano’s debut feature Mediterranea follows the fortunes of two African migrants, Ayiva (Koudous Seihon) and Abas (Alassane Sy), friends from Burkina Faso in search of a better life on the European continent. They endure a hazardous journey through […]

HRW 2016: Hooligan Sparrow review

★★★★☆ Hooligan Sparrow, Nanfu Wang’s astonishing documentary about corruption in China, opened this year’s Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Many Chinese dissidents take on a pseudonym in order to protect their identity. Artist and activist Ye Haiyan, aka Hooligan Sparrow, […]

HRW 2016: The Crossing review

★★★★☆ Aptly, migration is one of the major themes explored at the 20th Human Rights Watch Film Festival in London. Photojournalist and filmmaker George Kurian’s absorbing documentary The Crossing follows the fortunes of a small group of Syrian refugees who leave […]

Film Review: Chronic

★★★★☆ Michel Franco’s assured English-language debut Chronic follows hospice nurse David (Tim Roth) and his care of terminally-ill patients. Initially, David appears efficient and compassionate and has an easy going rapport with his charges. He forges closes links with many […]

Film Review: Rams

★★★★☆ Grímur Hákonarson’s Rams is an affecting feature about sheep which also speaks reams about the human condition. Hákonarson focuses on two estranged brothers who share a passion for sheep farming. Set in a remote part of Iceland, Gummi (Sigurður […]