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Stories by Rebecca Romani

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San Diego Arab Film Festival Returns for Third Year

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The San Diego Arab Film Festival promises a diverse line-up. It starts Thursday at the Museum of Photographic Arts.

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Movie Review: 'Manuscripts Don't Burn' Smolders With Tension

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When personal ambition is conflated with the paranoia of the state, the results can be deadly. "Manuscripts Don't Burn" by Iranian director Mohammed Rasoulof, now playing at the Digital Gym in North Park, is a mesmerizing political thriller you don't want to miss.

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Review: The Orphan of Zhao

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Will the Orphan seek revenge or allow his adopted father to raise him to the throne? The La Jolla Playhouse's production of the ancient tale of the Orphan of Zhao is a brilliant staging of love, revenge and power gone wrong with B.D. Wong as lead.

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Review: 'Closed Curtain' Latest Fare From Iran's 'Wild Child'

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Currently playing at the Digital Gym on El Cajon Boulevard, "Closed Curtain" is the latest and perhaps most questioning film from Jafer Panahi, the "wild child" of Iranian CInema, now banned by the Iranian government from making films. "Closed Curtain" screens Thursday, July 24, at 7 pm.

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Review: 'Korengal'

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Awed by its beauty, besieged by the locals, the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team of the U.S. Army is trying to survive their tour of duty in the "most dangerous place in the world," the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, in Sebastian Junger's new documentary.

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Interview: Annemarie Jacir, director of 'When I Saw You'

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Now living in Jordan and traveling for projects, Annemarie Jacir talked to Cinema Junkie via email about her work, Palestinian film and thinking about "home."

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Review: 'When I Saw You'

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Tarek looks across the border between Jordan and Israel, trying to see his home in Palestine. When, if ever, will he be able to go back?

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Review: Cambodian Son

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Incarcerated at 16, deported back to Cambodia at 31, Kosal Khiev is poised to represent Cambodia at the Olympics. Will he make it? "Cambodian Son" screens Sunday at the Jacob's Center.

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21st Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival Heads Toward Strong Finish

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Guest blogger Rebecca Romani looks at the San Diego Latino Film Festival's longevity and makes some recommendations about what to see the final weekend of the festival, which runs through Sunday, March 23 at the Hazard Center.

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Interview: Aaref Rodriguez, director of "Avenues"

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Guest blogger Rebecca Romani talked to Aaref Rodriguez about his new feature, "Avenues," an intimate portrait of a gang member trying to make a new life for himself.

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Review: 'Avenues'

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Guest blogger Rebecca Romani takes a look at what happens when a Latino gang member returns to his barrio from prison and must choose between his gang family and making a new life in "Avenues," which screened this past weekend as an official selection of this year's San Diego Latino Film Festival.

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21st San Diego Latino FIlm Festival Promises Some Good Fare

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Offerings at the 21st San Diego Latino Film Festival promise more variety than what's currently in theaters. Guest blogger Rebecca Romani has suggestions.

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Review: 'Margarita'

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"Margarita" (screening as part of the San Diego Latino Film Festival that runs through Sunday) is about a smart, talented nanny living in Canada, loved by the family who employs her and in love with her law student girlfriend. But when a bike accident reveals her illegal status, Margarita receives four marriage proposals that would allow her stay in the country. Which one will she choose...if any? Read guest blogger Rebecca Romani's review.

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Review: 'Caesar Must Die'

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What happens when a member of the Mafia is cast as Cesare in an Italian prison version of Julius Ceasar? Who will live and who will die? Guset blogger Rebecca Romani recommends seeing "Cesare deve morire" for the Ides of March.

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Review: 'Valentino's Ghost'

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Guest reviewer Rebecca Romani says "Valentino's Ghost," currently screening at Digital Gym Cinema on El Cajon Boulevard, might make you think about how the Middle East is portrayed in Middle America.

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Interview: Michael Singh, Director Of 'Valentino's Ghost'

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The Middle East has served as a major setting in films from Rudolph Valentino's "The Sheik" to "Argo," but over the years the representation of Middle Easterners has shifted from romantic lead to Terrorist No. 1. Director Michael Singh talks about his new documentary. "Valentino's Ghost," currently screening at the Digital Gym Cinema on El Cajon Boulevard.

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Sisters Behind The Camera: Arab Women Directors At Arab Film Fest

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More Arab women are occupying the director's chair and one documentary short by Sara Ishaq of Yemen, screening at the San Diego Arab Film Festival has been short listed for an Oscar.

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San Diego's Arab Film Festival Back For Its Second Year

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Films from the Arab world are a rarity in San Diego, but this weekend promises to be a taste of film and video currently coming out of the Middle East.

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Preview: San Diego Italian Film Festival

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It's the Year of Italy, and the San Diego Italian Film Festival has an intriguing lineup.

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Review: 'The Citizen'

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A Syrian immigrates to the U.S. on September 10, 2001 to find the American Dream...and gets much more than he bargained for. Guest blogger Rebecca Romani reviews "The Citizen" (opening Friday at the Digital Gym Cinema).

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Review: 'Broken'

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Guest Blogger Rebecca Romani says "Broken" (currently playing at the Digital Gym Cinema) is a well-crafted story of dysfunctional life in North London.

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Review: 'La Camioneta'

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Guest blogger Rebecca Romani recommends "La Camioneta" (back for an encore screening at the Digital Gym), which follows a typical American yellow school bus as it travels down to Guatemala to start its new life.

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Review: 'The Lesser Blessed'

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Guest blogger Rebecca Romani looks the recent art film, "The Lesser Blessed," about a First Nation teenager in a small northern Canadian town and the secret that haunts him- bleak, but worth a look.

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Festival Screening: 'One Day in September- El Patiente Interno'

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Guest blogger Rebecca Romani recommends the story of one man who tried to assassinate the President of Mexico...and missed.

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Final Day Of The San Diego Latino Film Festival

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Guest blogger Rebecca Romani says the last days of the San Diego Latino Film Festival has had some hits and misses.

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Festival Highlight: San Diego Latino Film Festival Expands For 20th

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Guest blogger Rebecca Romani suggests going to the drive-in at this year's San Diego Latino Film Festival.

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Festival Highlight: Looking At 20 Years Of Latino Cinema

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Guest blogger Rebecca Romani looks back on the 20 years of Latino cinema highlighted at the San Diego Latino Film Festival.

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Festival Highlight: Documentaries At The San Diego Latino Film Festival

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Guest blogger Rebecca Romani suggests going beyond the feature film at the 20th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival.