Thaïs: Religion versus sexuality on an epic scale

Jules Massenet's Thaïs is a tale of religion and sexual repression, with baritone Plácido Domingo as Athanaël, a meddler of epic proportions, masquerading as a monk to hide his inner psychological conflicts.


Letters from Zora: In her own words

"I was able to conjure my own self," says Black American writer Zora Neale Hurston in the non-stop phenomenon that is Letters from Zora.




Entrapment, food wars, and capitalism in three films

A film that debuted at the recent Tribeca Film Festival offers compelling evidence that our government has gone too far in "protecting" its citizens.


"Belle": young love in shadow of the slave trade

This historical drama takes up Belle's first encounters with young love, the stratified class system of the times, and disgusting forms of chauvinism.


Review: "Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself "

The PBS American Masters series is airing a biopic about the writer who made a career out of being a "professional amateur."


Two progressive films to win your heart

Two rousing and heartwarming docs at the Tribeca Film Festival shining the spotlight on two charismatic politician: Michael Tubbs of Stockton and the late, great Ann Richards of Texas.


Latin America in film: Catch these when you can

Several films by or about Latin Americans stood out at the 13th Annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York last month.


The war on film

As the generation who fought in World War II dwindles in numbers, we are losing crucial first-hand testimony of the heroic struggles to defeat fascism.


Progressive cinema: Whistleblowers at Tribeca

Certainly the film of most interest to progressives at the Tribeca Film Festival this year would be 1971directed and written by Johanna Hamilton.


Unique films get honors at Tribeca Film Fest

The 12-day festival co-founded by Robert De Niro screened 89 feature films and 57 shorts to an audience of almost a half a million viewers.

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