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Cheree Franco

Cheree Franco will graduate from Columbia University in May, with an M.A. in Arts & Culture Journalism.

A Filmmaker’s Journey: Brooklyn’s Lisa Russell

The trailer for Lisa Russell’s newest film opens with Ethiopian b-roll layered against ethereal chanting and birdsong—a boy drives a donkey cart, pelicans lounge in a scruffy lagoon. The camera pans from a pair of green flip-flops up a long orange skirt, to a teenage girl’s pink-and-white jacket. She strolls away, towards a thatch-fenced village. “My name is Tigist,” she tells us in Amharic.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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