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Good Wednesday Morning!

It's COOOOOOLD in NYC today - lows in the teens, and highs in the mid-20s. It's supposed to drop about 10 degrees by Friday, as we head into an even colder weekend!

I've had a really busy week thus far, so I haven't posted as much as I usually do. I work in the financial industry, and with world economies on thin ice, panic is rampant. This week at the office has been especially taxing. I can't wait until the weekend!

Anyway... below are the first 10 minutes from Martinique-born filmmaker, Euzhan Palcy's debut work, Sugar Cane Alley (Rue Cases-Nègres) - a lyrical village drama set in French-occupied 1930s Martinique. The story examines the relationship of a determined, impoverished 11-year-old and his equally difficult and shrewd grandmother, who sacrifices everything for the boy, to ensure that his life isn't as difficult and challenging as hers has been.

The 1983 film won a Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival that year.

The screenplay was based on a novel of the same title by Joseph Zobel, a Martinique-born author of several novels and short-stories in which social issues are at the forefront.


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