Smith’s 1998 film exudes the DIY charm of a low-budget, first-time feature while keenly depicting the complexities of both race- and gender-related inequalities.
Eileen G’Sell is a poet and critic with regular contributions to Hyperallergic, Reverse Shot, The Hopkins Review, and The Riverfront Times, among other publications. In 2019 she was nominated for the Rabkin Prize in arts journalism. She teaches at Washington University in St. Louis. More on her writing can be found here.
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All That Breathes Redefines the “Nature Doc”
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Claire Denis’s New Film Is Stronger on Steam Than Story
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Sandra Payne’s Bling Manifesto
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A Feminist Film Classic That Has Its Cake and Eats It Too
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Documenta 15 and the Power of Productive Disruption
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Nicole Miller Bears Witness Through Sound
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