Episode 45: Beasts of the Southern Wild

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Episode 45 Fresh Perspective explores "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (2012), directed by Benh Zeitlin and starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry. This is part one of our two-part “Girl Power”-themed discussion, in celebration of strong performances by young African American actresses and magic realism in film.

Presented in the shaky but imaginative perspective of a child, this film pulses with the life blood of an impoverished and hurricane-torn but content Delta community free of the barriers of civilized society. The heart of the film beats with the will power of a young girl mature beyond her years as she tries to piece together a dysfunctional domestic life with fragmented memories and comes to profoundly understand the nature of life and death. Reel Reflection: If you lost everything and came face-to-face with your primal will to survive, would you befriend or fear it?

Fabiola Auxila (https://instagram.com/just_fabi) guests, film lover, and aspiring script writer and producer, studying at the Second City for Writing and Film. And returning guest, Collin Souter, film critic featured on RogerEbert.com, and WGN radio co-host, "Monday Morning Movie Reviews". Subscribe to uncut episodes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wgn-nick-digilio-uncut-podcast/id295421953?mt=2

Next time, for part two of our "Girl Power" themed discussion, we talk about the 2018 film "I Am Not A Witch" directed by the Zambian-Welsh writer and director Rungano Nyoni. Guest host Jordan Rome, producer of the web series 365 Ways to Kill an American (https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/365-ways-to-kill-an-american-police-brutality-jordan-rome/Content?oid=52793227).

Fresh Perspective is a bi-weekly podcast where we talk about two films based on a movie related theme. One film that’s in the theatre and one film that’s streaming and/or out on DVD. Jeff Broitman, Rebecca Martin, and Christine Sellin host. Find Fresh Perspective Podcast on the Now Playing Network, iTunes, and Spotify. Follow us on twitter: @FPPodcast312 "Like" us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FreshPerspectivePodcast/

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James Laczkowski