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St. John’s Women’s International Film Festival: Tips and Journey of Possibilities

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Tips

This is an absolutely hilarious film. The lead actress did an excellent job, and I love the overall plot development.  The film embodies what many waiters and waitresses wish they can do when they get a bad review. If not for it being  socially unacceptable, they would hunt the person down and ask why. What made the film fun was how accurate it highlights the limitations of a service worker. Such as, they have these constrained tools to work with to make customers happy; anything below a good review feels like a personal attack. A bad review can almost be too much to bear for those who take their jobs seriously. This is an entertaining film, definitely a must-watch.

Journey of Possibilities

This is another must-watch film about a woman’s journey through life as an amputee. Her story, courage, and triumphs over adversity are inspiring. What I love most about this film is that despite her need to depend on others, the main character is cognizant of their emotional limitations. A moment that stood out to me in the film is when the main character says that our most significant challenge in life is finding ourselves and being ok with being alone. I think that is a very accurate statement. Like the main character says, her emotions get muddled when her boyfriend is around, and she is not sure what she is feeling at any given moment. Being alone is sometimes a scary reality, but I think it is also necessary for personal growth.

Other films to check out:

The Healing Dance

The film reflects a girl discovering the origins of her tribe’s Native American healing dance and her place in this community.

AAIFF: Ones To Watch Review

My Pumpkin, My Boo

I enjoyed the comic quality of this film. A pumpkin and a ghost forge an unlikely friendship through a shared love of what candy represents to the world. My greatest takeaway from the film was the need to find acceptance by finding your purpose, and through this, you can achieve transcendence.

The Black Collective

I love the moral of this film and its promotion of black businesses in California.

Lemons

This was a cute film to watch. I loved the creativity of the animation and the overall message of never giving up on your projects, even if the results are not immediate.

Poh

This film highlights the casualties of war, as told by a survivor from Laos. His sacrifices paved the way for his daughter to now accomplish her goals. This film is to honor him.

The Gull’s Shriek

If you are going to put your creative work out there in the world, especially in the realm of creative arts, you have to be comfortable with criticism. This film follows a girl’s struggle with navigating this reality while still holding onto her passion and sanity. In the end, her emotions get the best of her.

Beyond the Model

This is a must-watch film; it is well made and informative about current social issues plaguing minorities.

Gerald’s Bad JuJu *trigger warning*

This is a dark comedy film about what it feels like to grow up as a man sometimes: the endless expectations, the demands, and the inadequacies. While many men can push through it, this film brings attention to the imperfections of that whole process. I think this is a film that should be nominated for some awards if it hasn’t already.