A Great Scholar and a Very Bad Mom: Saturday at SFFILM Festival

Like many film festivals, SFFILM creates a different trailer every year, which screens at the beginning of each show. Most years, I'm deeply bored of the trailer well before the end of the festival. Not this year. A snappy, exciting montage set to an infectious beat, this year's trailer is short and fun, and has … Continue reading A Great Scholar and a Very Bad Mom: Saturday at SFFILM Festival

2 Judges (both women) and a reluctant Buddhist: Friday at SFFILM Festival

I should explain why some of my reviews are constricted to 75 words or less. Every festival that shows new films sends a Hold Review List to press covering the event. The movies on this list either have an American distributor or are negotiating with one. The distributers don't want long reviews published too soon, … Continue reading 2 Judges (both women) and a reluctant Buddhist: Friday at SFFILM Festival

Revolution in Serbia & Exploitation in America: My Thursday at SFFILM Festival

I saw two films yesterday at the San Francisco International Film Festival, also known as the SFFILM Festival. Both were worth seeing. The Other Side of Everything I'm generally suspicious of documentaries about the filmmaker…or the filmmaker's family. But this one worked. Srbijanka Turajlic, the director's mother and the subject of the film, is a … Continue reading Revolution in Serbia & Exploitation in America: My Thursday at SFFILM Festival

A Hard-Working African & a Dying Photographer: Saturday at SFFILM Festival

Finally, a day without rain. Even better, a day with two very films. Makala I kept my review of this film to a maximum of 75 words on the Festival's request. Whatever others say, this is not a documentary. But it's a very good film. Makala lives with his family in an isolated hut. But … Continue reading A Hard-Working African & a Dying Photographer: Saturday at SFFILM Festival