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three press screenings, secret project
This morning, "J" had an appointment in the late morning, and as a result she missed the first two SIFF press screenings – but she made it to the third. She got lucky; the first film was an informative but slow-moving documentary, the second was a slow-moving drama, and the third was a fascinating documentary.

I saw all three films. The 10 am film, 500 Years, is a documentary about the oppression of Guatemala's Mayan people by its European-descended ruling class, particularly the 1980s genocide campaign by the Reagan-backed dictatorship, and the long, slow path to bring the dictatorship's leaders to justice. The film had a lot of good material, but could have used some more editing – not so much for length, but to tie some of the episodes in the film together more clearly. I rate it good.

The noon film, The Winter, was a drama about an old sheep ranch foreman who is displaced by a hard-working young foreman for the job of sole overseer during the miserable Patagonian winter. I rate it almost good.

The 2 pm film, The Farthest, is a documentary about the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes, which are farther from Earth than any other human-made objects. Remarkably for a film admiring accomplishments by NASA, the film was made in Ireland. It's excellent.

After the press screenings, we went home. I worked on a creative project that I'm keeping secret for now.

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