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Video Film Review: BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR has many shades of grey

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR is a journey of self discovery.

Our host, Danielle Winston meets up with today’s panelist, Dr. Linda Succi, at Sottocasa, an authentic Italian pizzeria located in the Boerum Hill neighborhood of downtown Brooklyn, New York, to discuss the award winning and controversial film, Blue is the Warmest Color, with an original title of  “La Vie d’Adele”. The film is based on the comic book, “Le Bleu est une couleur chaude” by Julie Maroh. The screenplay was written by Ghalia Lacroix and the film’s French-Tunisian director, Abdellatif Kechiche. It stars French actresses Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in the title roles.



The controversy over whether this is a straight or gay film has only elevated the curiosity associated with Blue is the Warmest Color. To be sure, it is a film that explores and observes non-traditional relationships in a fashion rarely viewed by the masses. In the video film review above, today’s host, Danielle Winston and our panelist, Dr. Linda Succi, examine these issues and explore a lot more. Don’t miss their insightful observations.

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Video Film Review: 12 YEARS A SLAVE transforms historical narrative into art

12 YEARS A SLAVE epitomizes the character of the human spirit.

Today’s panelists, Rachel V. Byrd and Dami Akinnusi join our host, Safitya Songhai, in Manhattan at the downtown Lower East Side wine bar, Amuse, to discuss and review the stylistic, ground-breaking film, 12 Years a Slave. Directed by British filmmaker, Steve McQueen and featuring a screenplay by John Ridley.  It stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodward, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lupita Nyong’o, Paul Giamatti and Brad Pitt. Considered by many to be one of the most important films of this year, 12 Years a Slave is based on the true story of Solomon Northrup, a 19th century free black man from upstate New York who finds himself sold into slavery.  After an arduous twelve years, he manages to reclaim his life and write a book about his harrowing experience detailing the dark side of a chapter in American history.

What happens in today’s video film review when these three women: a recent Harvard grad, an award-winning British filmmaker and a film grad from New York University’s MFA program come together to discuss and review a historical drama of this significance? A most prolific conversation not to be missed. See for yourself.

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Safiya Songhai, host for "12 Years a Slave"
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Video Film Review: GRAVITY is a force to be reckoned with

Gravity ushers in a new frontier for women in science fiction films.

Today’s host, Sha Hayes connects with our panelist, Safiya Songhai in Clinton HIll, Brooklyn, New York at the literary bar, The Emerson, to discuss and review the science fiction adventure, Gravity, written by Alfonso Cuaron and Jonas Cuaron, directed by Alfonso Cuaron.

Is Gravity a science fiction or an adventure film? What it is for sure is a non-stop roller coaster ride charged with incredible special effects on a level rarely seen. Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, it is triumphant in every way imaginable and beyond.  In this episode’s video review, today’s host, Sha Hayes and panelist, Safiya Songhai, discuss these issues and so much more about this film which sets a new standard for women in science fiction films.

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