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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 (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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