• The Place in Between

Tomorrow, ICE Theaters of Chatham and Lawndale will begin a series of screenings in honor of Black History Month. With the exception of one inept and soon-to-be-forgotten film, the selections are strong, including one American classic (John Berry’s Claudine), some formidable documentaries (Thunder Soul, The Black Power Mixtape), and two recent African coproductions that deserve to be more widely known—Oliver Schmitz’s literary adaptation Life, Above All and Sarah Bouyain’s autobiographical drama The Place in Between. Both films address politically charged subject matter calmly and sensitively, and both feature impressive female ensemble casts. If you can only make one, however, I’d recommend Place in Between, which remains unavailable on DVD.