For this episode, we will be talking about the new science fiction film, Dune. It is an adaptation of a novel by Frank Herbert that was originally published in 1965.

The book has a rocky history in adaptations. There is a film version from 1985 and a miniseries from 2000, both widely regarded by fans as failures in accurately bringing the story to the screen. In this new version, director Denis Villenueve decided to split the novel into two feature films, the second one is due in 2022.

Our youth film critics got together on Zoom to share their reactions to the movie. They also talk about white savior narratives in media, the complex politics of the movie, all while trying to avoid spoilers from the second half of the book.

Roundtable led by producer Zinn Rogers.

Hosted and music by Kendrick Whiteman.


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