Film Review: ‘Slam’

The disappearance of a fearless female Palestinian-Australian slam poet triggers suspense and powerful social and political commentary in “Slam,” an outstanding slow-burn thriller by expat Indian filmmaker Partho Sen-Gupta (“Sunrise”).

Starring Palestinian actor Adam Bakri as the missing woman’s conflicted brother, and leading Aussie performer Rachael Blake as a troubled cop, Opening Down Under on Oct.

17 after generating plenty of buzz at Sydney and Melbourne film festivals earlier this year, “Slam” has valuable things to say about the times in which we live and deserves to be seen on a much wider stage.“Slam” slams into action with Ameena Nasser (Danielle Horvat) staring into the camera.

Wearing a headscarf and addressing her speech “to mother,” Ameena delivers a ferocious denunciation of colonization, patriarchy, intolerance and the misuse of power, all the while asserting her right and need as a woman to speak out.

At first her delivery has the

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