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Review: ‘Firaaq’

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Thesp Nandita Das, an acclaimed performer in India's socially conscious regional cinemas -- as well as Mira Nair's "Earth" and "Fire" --transitions to the director's chair with mixed results in…

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Review: ‘Kanchivaram’

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Hitting a sweet spot somewhere between Bollywood and earnest independent fare, South Indian writer-helmer Priyadarshan's poignant historical drama "Kanchivaram" offers the universal resonance of a…

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Review: ‘Teza’

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Set during the repressive regime of Ethiopian dictator Haile Mariam Mengistu, "Teza" unfolds through the eyes of a German-educated intellectual who returns to his homeland full of naive idealism…

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Review: ‘Z32’

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Vet docu-essayist Avi Mograbi permits his personal ideology, interests and, per usual, onscreen seriocomic musings to overpower "Z32," an idiosyncratic take on soldiers' traumatic memories of horrors…

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