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CIFF 41

Lipstick Under My Burkha

Morgan Minch

​Only after seeing Lipstick Under My Burkha did I read about it. The Central Board of Film Certification in India refuses to certify this film, which means it cannot be publicly exhibited in India. The film is considered to be too ‘lady oriented’ by the CBFC. That’s actually the point of the film, though.

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Domain

Morgan Minch

​Each of the survivors carries a little bit of their past forward as they go through the motions of this sedentary, anxious, digital life. Some try to escape, and some can’t keep their wits about them… What are they hiding from each other that they can’t get through this together? This film has a peripheral theme of how asynchronous digital communication might affect our consciences, and I love it! 

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Nowhere to Hide

Lisa Sanchez

​Nowhere to Hide is a film that confronts you with the visceral violence that exists in Iraq because it demands to be seen as the Iraqi people see it: often and daily. Nori's footge shows people unflinching and unsurprised in the face of gunfire, explosions, and helicopters spinning overhead. 

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CAVE

Morgan Minch

​I had to prepare for this one because in my mind, it was just going to be like The Descent, which turned me white and put me in a paranoid state for about a week. I ritualistically do not read about shows beforehand if I can help it, so what else was I to think?

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Ovarian Psycos

Lisa Sanchez

​​Ovarian Psycos touched on a number of topics that were close to my heart, including feminism, the Brown Power movement that originated in Los Angeles and Boyle Heights, the area that the Ovarian Psycos originated from, punk rock, riot grrrl culture, and the DIY mindset. The Ovarian Psycos embody all of these factors, but throughout all of these positive influences, the members still live in a society that marginalizes them as brown women.

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Opening Night Gala

California Typewriter

Lisa Sanchez

The Cleveland International Film Festival is my favorite time of year and the Opening Night Gala operates as the teaser for a world of excellent films for me to binge on for the next 10 days. 

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