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New Directors/New Films Brings the New Class

Old New York, the ghosts of Raleigh, and queer debuts mark an exceptional ND/NF

Family bed! The Jacobs clan (with surrogate son) in Momma's Man
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Family bed! The Jacobs clan (with surrogate son) in Momma's Man

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New Directors/New Films
Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and MOMA
March 26 through April 6
Walter Reade Theater and MOMA

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Minor pleasures in lesser efforts: The first 30 minutes of Sleep Dealer, a try for third-world cyberpunk from director Alex Rivera that translates the situation of Mexican immigrants—rather too bluntly—into speculative sci-fi. The social commitment and circumspect poetry of Munyurangabo, a resourceful tale of Rwandan childhood that bespeaks the brightest of futures for filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung. Breakbeats by the beat-down in Slingshot Hip Hop, a rousing doc on Palestinian rap from Jackie Reem Salloun. Definitive proof, courtesy of Korean fright flick Epitaph, that creepy Asian ghost-girls with long black hair are a Clinton-era horror trope that, like the Clintons themselves, have long outstayed their welcome. The return of Charles Burnett's marvelous 1990 feature, To Sleep With Anger, courtesy of ND/NF Classics. And just about everything in Water Lilies, an acutely sensitive immersion in the dream life of an introverted angel crushing out on—and getting her heart crushed by—the aloof and pretty star of a synchronized swimming team.

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