Englert/FilmScene collab builds on diversity

Englert/FilmScene collab builds on diversity

The Englert Theatre was doing what it’s always done, collaborating with other community entities, when it learned a key fact about Iowa City. The “other community entity” was the university, which had conducted a demographics study. The pivotal fact was the high...
Last chance for two films about authenticity

Last chance for two films about authenticity

These two stories showing at FilmScene are set thousands of miles, and hundreds of years, apart. One features several actors considered legends; the other is a project of admired newcomers. One centers around a building, and the other revolves around a garden. But the...
AIDS documentary recalls heartbreaking activism

AIDS documentary recalls heartbreaking activism

Early on in the documentary “How to Survive a Plague,” activist Larry Kramer is shown giving a motivating speech to a group of young New Yorkers. He asks half of the large audience to stand up, then announces, “All of you are going to be dead in six months. Now what...
REVIEW: Young lesbian love tested in “Rafiki”

REVIEW: Young lesbian love tested in “Rafiki”

A village in Kenya serves as the colorful backdrop for the drama that unfolds in the film “Rafiki” meaning ‘friend’ or ‘companion’ in Swahili. Lisa Skriver “Rafiki” is adapted from a short story by Monica Arac de Nyeko called “Jambula Tree.”  For a short story...