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Let the Canary Sing

Alison Ellwood

Thursday 7 p.m.
Halden Kino

Alison Ellwood's lively documentary Let the Canary Sing takes audiences on a nostalgic exploration of the life and career of legendary pop icon Cyndi Lauper. The film traverses her upbringing in a lower class Queens neighborhood through her rebellious youth pushing back against intolerance, to her meteoric rise in the music scene creating classic songs that are vibrant and catchy as well as socially resonant.

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Ellwood presents a revealing and honest Lauper alongside vivid archival footage of her sassy personality and many absorbing performances over the years. The result is a film that captures Lauper's work as an outspoken feminist artist who has been a staunch advocate and champion for others.

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