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2009 Heartland Film Festival

Film reviews for the 2009 Heartland Film Festival

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Bag It

Yes, it’s another save-the-environment doc, but this one’s worth it. Continue reading

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Precious

A harrowing, if occasionally hoary, story of a teenager’s survival and self-reliance amid demonic domesticity. Continue reading

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Gloria La Morte

Gloria La Morte, the co-writer and co-director of the Crystal Heart Award-winning “Entre Nos,” talks about making a very personal film with partner Paola Mendoza. Continue reading

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Welcome

Lindon and Ayverdi give great performances and this is one of the rare films that you consider yourself lucky to have seen. A truly moving piece of cinema. Continue reading

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“Welcome” wins Heartland’s top prize

“Welcome” wins $100,000 prize for Best Dramatic Feature; “P-Star Rising” wins $25,000 Best Documentary award; “Bicycle (Jitensha)” wins Best Short Film and $10,000. Continue reading

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Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

“Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” is an unapologetic tear-jerker, and one unlikely to leave a dry eye in the house. Continue reading

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Free Wall

It doesn’t tread much new ground thematically, but “Free Wall” is as good as any short you’ll see. Continue reading

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Rough Aunties

“Rough Aunties” is a sobering documentary about women fighting sexual abuse in South Africa, but leans a tad heavily toward sisterly camaraderie. Continue reading

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After the Storm

After the Storm is a moving documentary that shows despite the clean up, the healing process is far from complete. A real eye-opening, wonderful film.
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Spooner

Spooner is a quirky little comedy that for the most part works and is powered by wonderful performances from its lead actors. Continue reading

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