Suave: A tale of friendship and redemption

Suave is raw and true. It’s about human fallibility and how we process it as a society, and as individuals. About navigating forgiveness and guilt. It is about understanding predicament and fighting our human impulse to essentialize criminality, recognizing that a human being is so much more than a poor choice they once made.

The Messenger: Fighting for democracy

Bas skillfully illustrates the role of music in resistance, reminding us that Wine follows onto the dangerous terrain where artists like Bob Marley and Nigeria’s Fela Kuti have led. And if we ever fall into thinking that this is a far-fetched story from a faraway land, he’s here to remind us of some of the anti-democratic rhetoric and action by authorities right here in the States.