Three films were selected from my line up of best for fests at The 5th Annual Festival of Cinema NYC.
Angie: Lost Girls Queens Premiere
Dir. Julia Verdin, USA, 108 min
After escaping from a sex trafficking ring, one teenage girl struggles to reconnect with herself and her family after her ordeal. Ultimately, in order to find herself and rescue her helpless friends, she must confront her own fears and help lead the police to her traffickers - no matter the cost.
Only Human East Coast Premiere
Dir. Igor Ivanov, North Macadonia, 95 min.
What is Man? HOMO shows six faces, six phases in cleverly-connected, blackly comic episodes as desperate characters meet unwittingly in a modern metropole in the eternal search for the means to survive, and find some kind of love.
Safeguard: An Electoral College Story New York Premiere
Dir. M.A. Taylor, USA, 76 min
This timely and urgent new public affairs documentary examines the U.S. electoral college system. The film avoids any partisan bickering to ask the questions: How does it work? What happens if we change the rules? Is democracy just “two wolves and a lamb voting on what’s for dinner?” or can a democratic system be designed to protect minority rights?