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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Friends risk their lives to save others; violence, language.

Movie NR 2022 116 minutes
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Jogi is a heartfelt telling of this shameful moment in Indian history. Director Abbas Ali Zafar handles the logistical difficulty of mass violence skillfully. But too often it feels as if the director doesn't trust the material. We are moved by the plight of the innocent Sikhs. We don't need long dialogue-free, slow-motion depictions of, well, anything. Jogi realizes he must toss his turban and cut his long hair in order to pose as a truck driver and save Sikhs. Sikhs are being murdered left and right, but the movie comes to a halt as he unhurriedly cuts his hair, seemingly ignoring the death and destruction going on all around him.

Displaying similarly imprudent directorial judgment, a truckload of hidden Sikhs walks to safety, in slow motion. Again, the tension has been painstakingly built by the filmmakers with the aid of a terrific performance by Dosanjh in the lead role and we breathlessly await the rescue of innocent people still in jeopardy, but instead we watch people walking! It's another ill-advised interruption of the movie's otherwise appropriate tone and pace. These, and more, are regrettable disruptions to the riveting and moving story being told.

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