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Don't Be Afraid

UK, 1990 (MIFF 1991, Fiction)

Director: Vera Neubauer

Beautifully photographed in black and white, this evocative depiction of Brixton youths constantly plays with the viewer's prejudices and tips them on their head. The lives of the characters - their friendships, their lovers, the response to a pregnancy - are shown in glimpsed moments, with a textured, non dialogue based soundtrack. The picture that builds is rich and extremely moving. Inspired, adventurous storytelling. (AT)

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