Sexual assault is never an easy subject to approach cinematically. It's hard to convey the anguish and violation without sensationalizing the event, and the aftermath can often be lost in dramatic embellishment for the most part. Shatara Michelle Ford attempts to change the perspective with her award-winning first feature film, Test Pattern. Renesha (Brittany S.... Continue Reading →
Final Girls Berlin Film Festival 2021: Buio (Darkness)
When the past and the future are forbidden, life in isolation becomes controlled repetition in Italian director Emanuela Rossi’s first feature film Buio (Darkness). Three sisters live a post-apocalyptic life in a large rambling house. Their father (Valerio Binasco) leaves them daily, returning at 7 pm on the dot with the spoils of his foraging... Continue Reading →
The Tokoloshe: Mythology and Modern Trauma
With the South African film industry making new strides to create opportunities for local and foreign filmmakers, director Jerome Pikwane tackles the horror genre with his first feature film The Tokoloshe. Busi (Petronella Tsuma) is a desperate young woman who finds work at a derelict hospital as a night-shift cleaner. She must deal with a predatory... Continue Reading →
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