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The 2023 Sundance Film Festival takes place this year from 19-20 January 2023, offering a glimpse at upcoming movie trends while also elevating stories that impact us all. Diplomatic Courier follows the yearly festival to see how film reflects topics of global significance. This year furthers this exploration with a new assemblage of exciting movies—selections that have also made the 2023 festival the most diverse yet with 53% directed by a woman and 45% directed by a person of color. While keeping this list to full-length features, here are ten movies to look forward to from the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.
Glorimar Marrero Sánchez’s “La Pecera (The Fishbowl)” follows Noelia, a woman battling cancer. Noelia returns to Vieques, Puerto Rico, where she grew up, a place dealing with “its own poisoning” after decades of U.S. Army presence. Against the backdrop of Hurricane Irma inching closer, the story focuses on Noelia and the trauma of colonization interwoven in Puerto Rican life.