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Appuvinte Sathyanweshanam (“Appu in Search of Truth”, dir. Sohan Lal, 2019, Malayalam)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on September 9, 2020. In the town of Manjadikunnu, the local school begins organizing a function to celebrate the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.  The head of the PTA suggests to the recently arrived headmaster (Maniyan Pilla Raju) that there is only one person…

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Al Mallu ( “A Malayalee” dir. Boban Samuel, 2020)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on December 31, 2020. Nayana (Namitha Pramod) is a young Malayalee who, like many young Keralites, finds herself working in Dubai to try to secure a better future.  One day, she is visited by a man (Siddique) claiming to be the father of…

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Sudani From Nigeria (dir. Zakariya Mohammed, 2018)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on January 11, 2021 The Malabar region of Kerala is home to a form of football known as “Sevens” – seven players a side, a smaller pitch, slightly different rules.  In places like Malappuram, where Sudani From Nigeria is set, football is more popular than…

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Looking for a Lady With Fangs and a Moustache (dir. Khyentse Norbu, 2019)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on April 7, 2021 Tenzin (Tsering Tashi Gyalthang) is an entrepreneur looking to open a coffee shop in Kathmandu – he knows what he wants:  the right combination of location, atmosphere, and good coffee, in some ways the very things that western coffee…

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Aarkkariyam (“Who Knows?”/dir. Sanu John Varghese, 2021)

Ittyavira (Biju Menon) is a retired math teacher living in Kottayam.  His daughter Sherley (Parvathy) is widowed and remarried to Roy (Sharafudheen, who in the space of a few films has become a particular house favourite), whose business is facing financial issues.  Roy has borrowed money from his friend Vyshak…

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