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New York: At New Directors/New Films, Stories About People Struggling to Heal

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Dec 9, 2020 • View in browser
“When you do things with your hands, it heals you in places lower than where you cry from,” recounts Dimples, a character in Keisha Rae Witherspoon’s T. One of the most moving shorts I’ve seen all year, T is currently streaming as part of New Directors/New Films. Ela Bittencourt highlights a string of favorites that makes for cathartic viewing, including The Metamorphosis of Birds, which she calls “one of this year’s most memorable debuts.”
Also worth checking out: Dani Brito’s take on A Sidelong Glance, the Brooklyn Museum debut of photographer John Edmonds, which “complicat[es] questions of possession, and provenance.”
– Dessane Lopez Cassell, Editor, Reviews

Stories of People Struggling to Heal
From T (2019), dir. Keisha Rae Witherspoon (all image courtesy Film at Lincoln Center)
From T (2019), dir. Keisha Rae Witherspoon (all image courtesy Film at Lincoln Center)
New Directors/New Films is one of New York’s most exciting film festivals. This year’s edition, running online through December 20, is no different.
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