Dustin Kaspar's Picks

SIFF Programmer Dustin Kaspar picks some of his highlights from the 2018 Festival.

Dustin Kaspar

Little Tito and the Aliens

Little Tito and the Aliens

An Italian treasure which sees a pair of orphaned children go to live with their scientist uncle outside Las Vegas. There are aliens as the title promises but the emotional depth is wonderful for adults and older kids alike.

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Maki'La

Maki'la

A hard-hitting drama from Democratic Republic of Congo which illuminates the misogyny of life on the street through the eyes of a strong young woman.

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Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

An Indonesian feminist western that delivers a fantastically stylized revenge fantasy.

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My Name is Myeisha

My Name is Myeisha

A social justice-oriented, beatboxing-infused, spoken word feature that takes Rickerby Hinds' stage work (Dreamscape) and amplifies it for the screen.

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Silas

Silas

A young activist against deforestation in Liberia finds his community organizing legs in a truly inspiring and powerful documentary portrait.

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Supa Modo

Supa Modo

A breathtaking portrait of a young Kenyan girl with a terminal illness who loves superhero movies...so the town comes together to treat her like she is a superhero. Beautiful, bittersweet, and profound.

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Village Rockstars

Village Rockstars

On the surface it's about a group of children who want to start a rock band, but at its core it is a gorgeous portrait of children in rural India and their joys and challenges of growing up.

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Warrior Women

Warrior Women

Last year was Dolores Huerta. 2018 is Madonna Thunder Hawk. Warrior Women pulls back the curtain on the women who have been the foundation of the American Indian Movement in the '60s/'70s and are still fighting at Standing Rock.

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Waru

Waru

Eight Maori female directors. Eight single-take female-centric stories. Each exploring a different facet of how a community grieves. Exceptional.

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Zombillenium

Zombillenium

Super fun animated feature for older elementary students through adults. A theme park full of demons, werewolves, and zombies are pitted against the sparkly vampires to attract new audiences.

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