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Director Lynn Hamrick Picks Three Can’t-Miss Films at the Napa Valley Film Festival

The Hiro’s Table filmmaker shares her must-watch list. 

Hiro's Table.


Hamrick’s latest film, Hiro’s Table, playing at the Napa Valley Film Festival on November 8, tracks a master sushi chef working in a West Hollywood strip mall. She’s equally familiar with NorCal’s dining scene, having grown up in Berkeley. Here, the director picks a tasty sampling of NVFF fare. Nov. 7–11

Afghan Cycles (Nov. 7)
“I relish the opportunity to see relevant films by and about folks from other cultures. Afghan Cycles is about women cyclists defying cultural norms in Afghanistan.”

Ask for Jane (Nov. 7)
“I want to see this narrative about early right-to-choose activists, particularly in the current zeitgeist of women putting themselves on the line in the #MeToo movement.”

Father’s Kingdom (Nov. 7)
“I like films about complex individuals who incite masses of fans and skeptics, as Father Divine [an early civil rights leader and preacher] seems to have done.”


Originally published in the November issue of San Francisco 

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