Rocky’s Review
Beba

     First-time filmmaker Rebeca "Beba" Huntt undertakes an unflinching exploration of her own identity in the remarkable coming-of-age documentary/cinematic memoir BEBA. Reflecting on her childhood and adolescence in New York City as the daughter of Dominican father and a Venezuelan mother, Huntt investigates the historical, societal and generational trauma that she's inherited and ponders how those ancient wounds have shaped her, while simultaneously considering the universal truths that connect us all as humans. Throughout BEBA, Huntt searches for a way to forge her own creative path amid a landscape of intense racial and political unrest. 

     Poetic, powerful and profound, BEBA is a courageous, deeply human self-portrait of an Afro-Latina artist hungry for knowledge and yearning for connection. "A virtuoso bomb-drop of a documentary." -AV Club"A gorgeous visual memoir laced with poetry, memory, and truth." -RogerEbert.com. "Turning the lens on herself in ways in which we rarely see women of color do, Rebeca 'Beba' Huntt exhibits a vulnerability that is incredibly brave." -TheWrap

     FIRE OF LOVE is mesmerizing, and is holding over for another week in the Rose. Director Sara Dosa has crafted a lyrical celebration of love and scientific passion in the story of volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft. They roamed the planet chasing eruptions and documenting their discoveries - as they venture into the unknown, all for the sake of love. "It is one of the most moving and mesmerizing films of the year, a meditation on the wonders of nature and human curiosity." -The Atlantic

     HALLELUJAH: LEONARD COHEN, A JOURNEY, A SONG is holding over in the Starlight, as every show this past weekend sold out. Advance tickets, at least 24 hours ahead of the show you wish to see is advised. 

     A nice companion piece to BEBA would be AI WEIWEI: YOURS TRULY, available for streaming through the Rose Theatre Film Library.

Cinematically Yours,
Rocky