Linda Stirling Unmasked: The Black Whip

: Dragged from her chariot by a mob of fanatical vigilante Christian monks, the revered astronomer was stripped naked, skinned to her bones with sharp oyster shells, stoned and burned alive as possibly the first executed witch in history. A kind of purge that was apparently big business back then.



Since Otar Left

Since Otar Left
Director Julie Bertucelli

Since Otar Left is a slow moving but enthralling film without
violence, without anger displayed with throwing objects around a room,
and without guns or dead bodies and nudity was not to be seen.
Instead, it is a movie with the sensitivity and attention to emotional
detail that reassured me that yes, films can relate to the feminine
side of my being.

It is the story of three generations of women living in the crumbling
squalor of former USSR city Tibilisi, Georgia.

Three women experience the trying times of this city in transition,
as do we, the viewer. The women Elder matriarch Eka (Esther
Gorintin). her daughter Marina (Nino Khomassourioze) and , her own
daughter (Dinara Drukarova) tell the story of a brief period in their
lives when Otar dies, Otar, Eka's son, Marina's Brother and Dinara
's Uncle, was a trained Doctor working as an illegal immigrant day
laborer in Paris. .

We never see him but his letters, his phone calls, his very existence
is the pivotal point around which this film revolves. When the women
are told of Otar's death their lives change.

This film re-ignited my understanding of how normal women in
trying situations can survive with a heavy dose of love, caring, and
unselfish concern for each other's well being.

A must see film


Linda Z

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