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‘Export Quality’ Dives Into Filipino Culture and Identity on Stage

The women-led and women-centric play, Export Quality, recently had its run as part of the programming at HERE – a theater that produces multidisciplinary theater performances in the heart of New York City’s Soho district. The play reveals strong warnings on the dangers of the international mail-order bride industry, whilst infusing its characters and their backstories with Filipino culture.read more.

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Humanity & Community Form the Heart of ‘Cats of Malta’

Before I was born, my mother had a cat with long black fur and green eyes. She had many cats, but those who are familiar with cats know what it means when a cat is really ‘yours’. The day she brought me home from the hospital, the cat took one look at me, a quick sniff, and from then on she didn’t leave my side. My mother lost her cat of years to someone who just showed up on this earth. read more.

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Joanna Hogg’s Film ‘The Souvenir Part II’ is Cinematic Art

In 2019, Richard Brody (New Yorker magazine’s art house film critic) criticized Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir, writing: “A far more conventional director might have been inclined to ask more questions of the script, to show more of the action, to reveal more about the characters, and, as a result, to make a more engaging and insightful movie.”… read more.

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Betye Saar on Film: Life, Art, and Lasting Creativity

The Black Harvest Film Festival runs through November 16th at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago. While there, I viewed Betye Saar: Ready to Be a Warrior. Angela Robinson Witherspoon’s candid documentary peels back many layers of the iconic artist, activist, and teacher, Betye Saar. Betye has been in the art industry for over six decades.read more.

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‘Ladies First’ Chronicles 50 Years of Women in Hip Hop

Fifty years ago, hip hop was born amidst a raging summer in the Bronx (NY). This cultural phenomenon has sky-rocketed into a billion-dollar industry, changing the fabric of music, film, fashion, politics, and even sports. In commemoration of hip hop’s 50th birthday, Netflix released Ladies First: A Story of Women in Hip Hop.read more.

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Sofia Coppola Explores Priscilla Presley’s World in ‘Priscilla’

Elvis Presley (Jacob Elordi) notices Priscilla Beaulieu (Cailee Spaeny) immediately at a party, and asks if she’s a senior. “Ninth,” she says sheepishly. At first, he’s not sure what he means. She clarifies, “ninth grade.” He exclaims, “You’re just a baby!”

Tapping his feet by the record player, the international superstar asks Priscilla what the kids are listening to these days.read more.

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