A prosecutor at a tribunal in the Hague attempts to convince a potential witness to testify in a crucial case against the man accused of deporting and killing Bosnian-Muslim civilians in a small town now known as the Republika Srpska in this tense courtroom drama from director Hans-Christian Schmid. Hannah Maynard is determined to make Goran Duric pay for his crimes against humanity. Her case is complicated, however, when a key witness in the trial becomes ensnared by the contradictions of his own testimony. In order to gain a better understanding of the facts of the case, the court sends a delegation to Bosnia, where the suspicions regarding the reliability of the witness are quickly confirmed. When the witness commits suicide, it begins to appear as if Duric will walk free. Now, Hannah’s last hope of keeping the case alive is to travel to the witnesses’ funeral in Sarajevo. There, Hannah comes into contact with the witnesses’ sister Mira, who seems to know more about the defendant than she readily admits. Hannah works hard to gain Mira’s trust, eventually convincing the girl to face her fears of the past and testify in the Hague. When Duric’s defense team attempts to have Mira’s testimony disallowed and finds their efforts unexpectedly supported by the members of the judiciary, Hannah realizes that her greatest adversaries aren’t necessarily at the docks, but standing right beside her in the courtroom every day.~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide
Hot on the heels of the recent ‘Step Up 2’, is another dance-flick, this time the energetic, gritty and ultimately inspiring coming of age tale ‘How She Move’.
In it, Raya, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, has always been the family’s one great hope. She won the rare chance to break out of their drug and crime-infested neighbourhood when she was accepted into the exclusive Seaton Academy. But when her sister dies of an overdose, the family is shattered and Raya is forced to return to the place she tried so hard to escape.
It’s not easy to go back to. Feeling trapped and looking for a way out, Raya learns about a step competition with a $50,000 cash prize that could change her fate. Most of the crews that win the big money are all male, forcing Raya to fight her way in as the sole female member of the Jane Street Junta (JSJ), led by the reining champ of the local steppin’ scene. As sparks begin to fly between Raya and Bishop, a false move by Raya leaves her without a crew and she finds herself in a battle between her loyalty, her determination, her family’s ambitions and her heart.
A hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival hit marks the feature film debut of the electric Rutina Wesley, with street-style step sequences by top choreographer Hi-Hat and special appearances by R&B singer-songwriter Keyshia Cole and comedian DeRay Davis.
In our exclusive Behind-the-Scenes feature, director Ian Iqbal Rashid (TOUCH OF PINK), screenwriter Annmarie Morais and leading lady Rutina Wesley talk us through the film. Check it out below, it’ll have your toes tapping!
‘How She Move’ is out on DVD in Ireland from August 1st