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Darleen Ortega

Darleen Ortega has been a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals since 2003 and is the first woman of color to serve in that capacity. She sees two to three films a week and has been writing about movies for well over a decade, including blogging two film festivals and publishing a list of the year's best films. You can find her movie blog at www.opinionatedjudge.blogspot.com.



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Between Vietnam and America

Artists outside dominant culture find their voices

Based on the experiences of playwright Qui Nyugen's parents, who immigrated to the U.S. as refugees in the mid-1970s, the play moves back and forth in time between Vietnam and their early years in the U.S.

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Documentaries Worth Watching

Scoping out the best at Full Frame

A terrific slate of films, all worth seeing

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Diversity of Talent Unsurpassed

A new season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

For the first time in its history, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival acting company features a majority of actors of color.

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My Counterpoint to the Oscars Snub

Films with rich insight to the human condition

With a bit of Oscar commentary, I offer this list of the 10 best films of 2015

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Films to See at Portland International Film Festival

Last week before curtain call

Jump in and see what you can before it's over!

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Strong Start for Portland International Film Festival

My favorites so far

The Portland International Film Festival is off to a great start.

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Films Feast on World Diversity, Languages

Portland International Film Festival begins

Every year at this time, I am reminded of the range of stories I mostly don't get to see depicted in local theaters, because for a brief month in Portland, I get to broaden my palate. There really is a whole world out there beyond what Hollywood gives us -- and there is no better time to partake of that world than February in Portland when the Northwest Film Center gives us its Portland International Film Festival.

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Harrowing film ‘The Revenant’ broadens truths

Director portrays First Nations people with dignity

The critical reaction to the work of Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu chronically illustrates how dominant culture bias affects what stories are told and valued on film.

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Gritty ‘Tangerine’ on My ‘Best of 2015’ List

Made on a tiny budget of $100,000, "Tangerine" is the quintessentially Hollywood picture.

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Transitioning into Lili

Film tackles gender identity with wisdom, empathy

Learn why Judge Ortega simply loved "The Danish Girl."

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