The Mad Songs of Fernanda Hussein
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The Mad Songs of Fernanda Hussein
This downbeat three-part drama tells a trio of stories that focus on different aspects of America's reaction to the war in the Persian Gulf. Fernanda Hussein (Thia Gonzales) is a Hispanic woman whose husband abandoned her and their children and returned to Egypt, where he was born. With the war in the Gulf at its height, Fernanda is subjected to a daily barrage of racist insults due to the fact that, through marriage, she shares her last name with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, and when her children disappear under mysterious circumstances, Fernanda is left with nowhere to turn and few… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Less an alternative to jingoism than its mirror image, as sure of itself and as disdainful of doubt or uncertainty as the chest-thumping triumphalism of the most fervent right-wing talk show (and much less entertaining)."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Gianvito's admirable reach far exceeds his clumsy grasp."
‑ Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"For every scene that plays like a dramatic reading of a Nation editorial ... Gianvito summons a couple of persuasive formal or rhetorical flourishes."
‑ Dennis Lim, Village Voice
"It's filled with the filmmaker's rage and despair over the Persian Gulf war."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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