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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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Panelist Dami Akinnusi
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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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Video Film Review: WADJDA opens doors to new worlds

WADJDA introduces us to a new voice and sight within a society rarely on view.

Today’s host, Justine Harrison, does a solo act at Videology, the unique movie theatre, video rental and bar hybrid located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to review the international award-winning independent film, Wadjda.

Wadjda, the independent film from Saudia Arabia

In this episode’s video review, our host, Justine Harrison, discusses Wadjda, the directorial debut of Haifaa al-Mansour, the first female writer and director of Saudi Arabia.  This inspiring independent film is also the first to be shot in this country and has received numerous international accolades for its efforts.  Check out Justine’s take on this film and discover why she believes this should be seen by everyone.

Also featured is Mimi Spilllane, our “Video on Demand Pick of the Week” correspondent. She takes a stroll in Central Park in New York City while reviewing “Good Ol’ Freda”, the story of the former secretary to the Beatles, Freda Kelly.

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Justine S Harrison, host for 10/14/13 of "let's talk film"

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