Commotion in Neverland

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Commotion in Neverland

Charmayne Sam, Writer

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Well it is that time of the year again. The Sundance Festival takes place January 24 until February 3 of 2019. With celebrity guest appearances to be expected during the festivities.

Out of 14,259 submissions, only 112 films were chosen to premiere at Sundance. Besides the films and celebrities a lot has happened during the first few days. There was a protest at the Michael Jackson documentary after the screening.

“Leaving Neverland” is a docu-mini series following the sexual abuse allegations against Michael Jackson from Wade Robson – the former choreographer and James Safechuck. The protest outside the building was about the film being false.

Considering that Robson and Safechuck defended Jackson in the past. In 2003 when a cancer patient claimed that the pop star grouped him at the Neverland estate. Jackson was acquitted of all charges later in court.

There were all but two protesters to begin with, after the film ended three more showed up. Their poster cutout signs of Michael Jackson and quotes from him printed in black and white. The protesters gathered a lot of attention from news channels and reporters.

As the cinephiles existed the building they were bombarded with pamphlets. The pamphlets had “Protect Michael” on the cover. As well as Jackson leading children through a garden of flowers in a cartoon illustration. The docu- mini series will premiere on HBO in the spring of this year.

Beside the minor disruption the cinephiles continued to watch their films well into the morning. Overall the Sundance film festival was a big turn out like it is every year; with guest appearances by Octavia Spencer, Emma Roberts, Jaden Smith, and many more. Sundance has been around for 34 years and still continues to be as successful as the day it was started.

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