Little Woods. 2019. USA. Directed by Nia DaCosta. With Lily James, Tessa Thompson. 105 min.
In Little Woods, North Dakota, a fracking boomtown well beyond its prime, Ollie is trying to survive the last few days of probation after getting caught smuggling prescription pills over the Canadian border. But when her mother dies, she is thrust back into the orbit of her estranged sister Deb (James), who faces her own crises with an unplanned pregnancy and a deadbeat ex. The sisters find they have one week to settle the mortgage on their mother’s house or face foreclosure. As bills and pressure mount, Ollie faces a choice: return to a way of life she thought she’d left behind for just one more score, or leave it all behind. Award-winning director Nia DaCosta has crafted a taut, affecting thriller about family bonds pushed to extremes.
Edgecombe. 2018. USA. Directed by Crystal Kayiza. 15 min.
This examination of the ways trauma repeats and reinvents itself in rural black communities reveals deeply personal truths about three residents of North Carolina’s Edgecombe County.