2017, 106 min, Germany, Dir: Ute Wieland

Inseparable best friends Nini (Flora Thiemann) and Jameelah (Emily Kusche) live in the same working-class Berlin housing project, attend the same school and love Tiger Milk, a mix of milk, brandy and passion fruit juice. For the rebellious 14-year-olds, the summer means a chance to finally break from the innocence of childhood - partying, falling in love and perhaps finally doing “it.” But one evening, the girls witness a crime that hits so close to home that nothing will be the same again. Wieland’s adaptation of Stefanie De Velasco’s best-selling novel skillfully relays the relevant social tension of the source material and draws performances from the young protagonists that offer an authenticity rarely seen in coming-of-age films.

2017, 92 min, Dir: Jimmy Henderson

Cambodia’s first true martial arts film unleashes the traditional style of bokator in all its bone-crunching fury. The all-female Butterfly Gang has its fingers in seemingly every criminal enterprise imaginable, so when the police capture lone male member Playboy, they ship him off to the most secure prison in the nation. But no prison is unreachable for the Butterfly Gang, who incite the inmates to riot, with rival factions struggling to be the one to silence Playboy before he has the chance to speak to the police trapped inside. Stars Dara Our and Tharoth Sam are both highly trained in bokator, and it shows through the raw, energetic fight choreography.

1987, Concorde Pictures, 77 min, USA, Dir: Deborah Brock

“Thrills, chills, guitars and drills!” Revving from its slumber five years later, the only female-written-and-directed slasher film franchise returns louder than ever. Courtney (Crystal Bernard) has nightmares about a power drill-wielding maniac who terrorized her sexually repressed sister years earlier; hoping to clear her mind, she and members of her all-girl rock band rent a condo to play some music and party hard. However, Courtney’s nightmares spill into reality as the driller killer returns looking to make some noise.

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