The Film Reel has a trio of reviews up at Toronto Film Scene for the Female Eye Film Festival, which kicks off June 20, 2012. There is plenty of programming, so this is just a small taste, but these three reviews cover some very wide and interesting territory. Check the reviews for the films A Lot Like You, The House, and Fambul Tok after the jump.
Director Eliaichi Kimaro travels to Tanzania to discover her roots and winds up finding much more than that. It’s an interesting look at vastly different cultures, also showing that although people may live in different societies, they still suffer from the same problems. Check the full review at the Toronto Film Scene website.
After a woman moves into her friends home to find a quiet place for her writing, she realizes that the house is full of spirits. I know it sounds like the idea behind a horror film, The House is actually a pretty tight thriller. It’s a little hard to really explain, and it starts off a bit slow, but when things start to kick in, it is an intense film. Check the full review at the Toronto Film Scene website.
This is a powerful documentary that looks at people affected by the civil war in Sierra Leone. The focus isn’t just on the victims though. Fambul Tok is a movement in Sierra Leone where volunteers travel to different villages and help the communities forgive the residents among them that took part in the civil war. The stories can be shocking and heartbreaking, but the willingness of the people to forgive and forget is moving. Check the full review at the Toronto Film Scene website.