The Republic (2017, dir. James N. Kienitz Wilkins)

  1. This film contributes to a future where film is a more diverse and interesting ecosystem. This is important.
  2. It is visually unique and aurally surprising. It shows great range and ventures beyond the sounds and atmosphere of real life. Listen for the doorbells. Listen for the self-conscious reading styles of the performers.
  3. It treats its libertarian outsiders and e-cigarette enthusiasts with seriousness. This is important.
  4. Nour Mobarak’s narration is reserved and incredible.