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Mondays at Racine
Directed by Cynthia Wade
After their mother died of breast cancer, two sisters opened a hair salon where once a month breast cancer patients—following chemotherapy, mastectomy, and hair loss—are invited to come in, get makeovers, and find a support system. Mondays at Racine focuses on the relief brought by visits to this salon after a month of tribulations, from trouble with children to divorce. The consequences of cancer don’t stop after radiology. —SH
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Directed by Jenni Nelson
It’s hard not to feel bad for Sarita, the young and pretty Nepalese woman who agreed over Skype to marry Tim Heath, a socially awkward robot inventor from Silicon Valley whom she’s never met in person. In Jenni Nelson’s Love Hacking, Heath adopts an open-source and hacker philosophy to courtship and marriage; it’s the process he knows best. Yet Sarita’s motivations are unclear until Heath travels to Nepal to marry her and meet her family, who explains that they are the poorest of the poor. She’s stone-faced at the traditional marriage ceremony while Heath is beaming ear-to-ear. I couldn’t help but wonder what happens next, but the film ends shortly after. —TM