Tahara

Director: Olivia Peace
2020 | USA | 78m
GENRE: Black/African American | Comedy | Jewish | Lesbian
SECTION: Live Q&A's | Narrative Features
Expected Guests: Features LIVE Q&A with director/co-editor Olivia Peace, writer/producer Jess Zeidman, producer Madison Ginsberg, actor Madeline Grey DeFreece and actor Rachel Sennott

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Begrudgingly participating in a mandatory Hebrew school “teen talkback” to process a classmate’s passing, sheepish Carrie (Madeline Grey DeFreece) unexpectedly sparks her queer awakening after a practice lip-lock in the bathroom with her horny and hetero bestie Hannah (Rachel Sennott). Over the course of the hectic and transformative day, the two teens find themselves wrestling with increasingly complicated feelings of mortality, social ranking, and desire.

For her uproarious and incisive generational debut, director Olivia Peace evokes the unique confines of contemporary youth by shooting in a tight 1:1 aspect ratio (a square format emulating an Instagram post) and cheekily articulates the characters’ overwhelming emotional extremes with bursts of buoyant animation. Two megastars on the rise, Sennott and DeFreece embody their roles with visceral precision, exploring the often inexpressible storm of adolescence with a defiantly modern and universal sensibility, along with crackling one-liners and bittersweet confrontations.

—JESSE KNIGHT

Buying note: This is a digital screening, available to view between 12:01am Thursday, June 25 and 11:59pm Sunday, June 28. We suggest watching it at 1:15pm Saturday, June 27 followed by the live Q&A.

SPONSORED BY
Bloomberg Philanthropies

COPRESENTED BY
JFI, SF Indiefest, Spectrum Queer Media, SF Sketchfest, Queer Healing Arts Center

 

  • Language: English
  • Premiere Status: West Coast