Justine Barda's Picks

SIFF Senior Programmer Justine Barda picks some of her highlights from the 2019 Festival.

Justine Barda

Justine Barda programs film from France, the Middle East, and North Africa for SIFF. She previously worked as a consultant to Sundance, the Dubai International Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival. She is the founder and CEO of Telescope Film, a platform to promote international film to American audiences. She also teaches in the Film Studies Program at Seattle University.

3 Faces

3 Faces

Another richly layered metafiction from Jafar Panahi, about the lives of women, the responsibilities of viewership, and the costs of visibility.

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I Do Not Care If We Go Down In History As Barbarians

I Do Not Care If We Go Down In History As Barbarians

The story of a nation reckoning with its troubled past and the role of art in helping to do that.

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The Announcement

The Announcement

Highly stylized political satire (pitch black and bone dry) from Turkey, with an uncanny relevance to current events...

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Midnight Traveler

Midnight Traveler

An Afghan filmmaker fleeing his country records the harrowing journey on cell phones. Remarkable creative expression under the direst circumstances.

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Non-Fiction

Non-Fiction

Everything you want in a French film: gorgeous Parisian apartments, rigorous philosophical debate, sophisticated adulterous intrigue, and Juliette Binoche.

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Sibel

Sibel

While timeless in its setting, it's also fresh and feminist, with one of my favorite performances onscreen this year.

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Tel Aviv on Fire

Tel Aviv on Fire

Sameh Zoabi's master class in wringing wry, insightful comedy out of political and historical tragedy.

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A Thousand Girls Like Me

A Thousand Girls Like Me

In need of inspiration? See this story of a young Afghan woman determined to prosecute her father for sexual abuse. Seriously.

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#Female Pleasure

#Female Pleasure

Film I'm exicted to see? #Female Pleasure—as an antidote to all the many necessary films about female pain.

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