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Cries from Syria

Cries from Syria

For Evgeny Afineevsky, history is written by rebels, whether they are victorious or not. His unsparing and unforgiving documentary Cries From Syria puts the six-year, still-raging Syrian conflict into historical and personal context, from its idealistic origins during the Arab Spring uprisings to the incomprehensible quagmire of civil war and destabilizing exodus of refugees.

Mavis!

Mavis!

The breezy positivity of Jessica Edwards’s documentary echoes the outlook of lively legend Mavis Staples, who’s been performing for six decades with no plans to retire. “I’ll stop singing when I have nothing left to say,” Staples asserts, “and you know, that ain’t gonna happen.”