Arts & Entertainment

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"The Ballad of Jane Elkins," Texas slave woman hanged

A soliloquy in which African-American slave Jane comes back alive to go over the last few days before she used an ax to split open the head of slave Master Wisdom.

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Freedom of the press? "Kill the Messenger" in review

Kill the Messenger raises daunting questions about the role of the press in society. This passion play is a piece of our nation's recent and ongoing history.

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French New Wave classic flows back onto the screen

The late 1950s and early 1960s was a pivotal, heady, historic time for French cinema, as Nouvelle Vague or New Wave classics flowed onto the screen.

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The Revolution is coming to a theater near you: 1969 in review

One of the great things about the theater is that it can dramatize history, and the people who make it and shake it.

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Laughter through tears in Canada's "Rez Sisters"

First Nation women and one man give virtuoso performances in a play as true today as when written 28 years ago.

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Chicago International Film Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

The longest-running competitive film festival in America is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month.

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The Cold War plays at Toronto Film Festival

The Soviet Union was obsessed with two sports: hockey and chess. For decades, they held the championship in both arenas. Two new films bring back memories of those days.

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"Pride" tells of solidarity vs. prejudice, winning vs. losing

In 1984, a small group of London gays and lesbians collected money for the miners and taught a lesson of solidarity that everybody should memorize.

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Films from forbidden lands

People in the West rarely get to see films from North Korea, let alone Cuba or Vietnam. Film festivals are often the only source for cinema from the "forbidden" Communist countries.

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Whose land? Interview with an objective Israeli filmmaker

Director Tamara Erde investigated both the Israeli and Palestinian public school systems, with access to teachers, students and administrators on both sides of the Wall.

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