Programmers' Picks: Justine Barda

SIFF Programmer Justine Barda shares some of her highlights from the 2021 Seattle International Film Festival.

Justine Barda

There Is No Evil

The last great film I saw on the big screen at a festival (where it won the top prize), and one that the filmmaker risked his freedom to make.

Summer of 85

After a career remarkable for its range, Summer of 85 is a welcome return to what I think of the quintessential Ozon: sexy with sinister overtones.

God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya

Come for the opening scene, stay for the amazing lead performance. A feminist crowdpleaser that you won’t believe is based on actual events...

Little Girl

A genuinely heartwarming film, remarkable both for the portrait of a trans child at its center and as an object lesson in what it means to be a good parent.

Captains of Zaatari

Truly a subject for our time, when there are 80M refugees around the world. With beauty and charm, this film will make you care about what happens to them.

There Is No Evil
Summer of 85
God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya
Little Girl
Captains Of Zaatari