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Review: Signature Move

There is something special about sitting inside the Texas State History Museum and watching two women, one Mexican-American and one Pakistani-American, fall in love. Even with the giant Texas star hanging above the screen, it’s nice to get lost in a film set around Chicago’s lesbian lucha libre scene. It’s

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AFF Review- Santoalla

The documentary film Santoalla builds suspense, as soon as it begins by revealing a series of mysteries that have shaped this small town in northwestern Spain. From the distance, Santoalla blends into the strikingly beautiful forest-covered hills surrounding it. Close-up, the town appears to be abandoned, with houses in various

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AFF Review- 11:55

There are no parades in 11:55. US Marine Nelson Sanchez isn’t given the key to the city or free tickets to a football game. Even his welcome party is interrupted by the news that the dangers he had tried to get away from by enlisting have been waiting for his arrival. This

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AFF Review: Desierto

I have never felt more tense in a movie theater than during the Austin Film Festival’s screening of Jonás Cuarón’s Desierto. It wasn’t just the pain of watching an unbalanced, border-patrolling vigilante hunt down immigrants, though the brutal violence in the film made sure that no death was glossed over. What made we

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La Sirga, or why new Colombian cinema rocks

The word «sirga» designates the rope used to bring fishing nets or boats to land. After losing her house and family when unknown armed men burn down her small town, Alicia finds her way to La Sirga, a wrecked hostel run by her uncle on Cocha Lake, located in the

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Indigenous People’s Day 2015

The Native American and Indigenous Student Collective (NAIC) at the University of Texas at Austin is gearing up for a year of activities including film screenings with guest speakers, our annual Pow Wow, a community feast and live entertainment by Native artists. In protest of Columbus Day last year, NAIC

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