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Minhal Baig’s Hala | 2019 Sundance Film Festival

Based on a short proof of concept project of the same name, Minhal Baig will be among the fresh voices leading the way in progressive stances in cinema with U.S. Dramatic Competition selected Hala being a key example of Sundance Film Fest’s woke stance. Containing biographical elements, her sophomore feature plunges into intracultural disputes but it is the Muslim-American teenage girl experience at the forefront with a relatable, determined protagonist via Geraldine Viswanatha.
Perhaps void in style, this is nonetheless an important text and post screening offered one of the more memorable Sundance ’19 moments. Apple picked up the worldwide rights to the drama. Here is the world preem screening.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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