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Indie Focus: Coming together, falling apart in ‘Roma,’ ‘The Favourite’ and ‘Shoplifters’

In making “Roma,” a story based in his childhood, Alfonso Cuarón wrote, produced, directed, photographer and co-edited the film, making it an intensely personal and deeply felt experience. The story focuses on a family in Mexico City and their nanny/maid, Cleo (Yalizta Aparicio, in her first acting role), amidst personal issues and larger sociopolitical conflicts. The movie arrives on a wave of expectations, having won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival and being given a rare exclusive theatrical run by Netflix.