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THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY
2021, Hulu, USA, Dir: Lee Daniels

The legendary Billie Holiday, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, spent much of her career being adored by fans across the globe. Beginning in the 1940s in New York City, the federal government targeted Holiday in a growing effort to escalate and racialize the war on drugs, ultimately aiming to stop her from singing her controversial and heart-wrenching ballad, “Strange Fruit.” Led by Oscar nominated director Lee Daniels and introducing Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Andra Day, THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY unapologetically presents the icon’s complicated, irrepressible life. Screenplay Writer Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, pens this intimate tale of a fierce trailblazer whose defiance through music helped usher in the civil rights movement. NAACP Image Award nominee Trevante Rhodes and Emmy nominee Natasha Lyonne co-star along with Garrett Hedlund, Miss Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Evan Ross, Tyler James Williams, Tone Bell and Erik LaRay Harvey.


THREADS
1984, Severin Films, 112 min, UK/Australia/USA, Dir: Mick Jackson

As current as it ever has been, THREADS supposes that nuclear war breaks out and examines the effect it has upon the citizens of Sheffield, England. Shot in a cinema verite style and pulling no punches, THREADS captures the harrowing experiences that could happen if the bomb is ever dropped. A far cry from “duck and cover” educational films, this is a chilling look at the wrath of atomic annihilation.


THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER
2012, Lionsgate, 102 min, USA, Dir: Stephen Chbosky

Stephen Chbosky adapts and directs his best-selling novel about Charlie (Logan Lerman), a thoughtful but introverted freshman at a Pittsburgh high school. In the aftermath of a friend’s suicide, Charlie struggles with serious emotional issues, but finds sympathetic ears in school seniors Sam (Emma Watson) and her stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller). Paul Rudd, Dylan McDermott and Joan Cusack are among the adults in their lives. “An ecstatic expression of the beautiful solidarity of youth.” - Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly.


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