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The Plagiarists (Dir. Peter Parlow, 2019)

Dates: August 30-September 2, 2019

Times: See below

Location: Ahrya Fine Arts

Address: 8556 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. 90211


Los Angeles premiere!

C0-writer-editor-cinematographer James N. Kienitz Wilkins in person!


When a young white couple’s car breaks down after a weekend getaway, they’re helped by an older black man who inspires them with his creative wisdom. When they discover six months later that the words he spoke might not be his own, they’re horrified, fixating on his “crime” while forced to confront the originality of their own lives. 


Written by James N. Kienitz Wilkins and Robin Schavoir, The Plagiarists is a dramatic comedy about the clash of money and culture, reality and desire, race and identity. It’s a social satire about who has the privilege to say what in today’s world. (KimStim)


- Friday, August 30: 7:30pm––Q&A w/ James N. Kienitz Wilkins, moderated by critic Carson Lund
- Saturday, August 31: 5:15pm & 7:30pm––Q&As w/ James N. Kienitz Wilkins, moderated by author and filmmaker Brandon Harris (5:15pm) and artist and actress Nour Mobarak (7:30pm)

- Sunday, September 1: 5:15pm & 7:30pm
- Monday, September 2: 3:00pm & 5:15pm

*All screenings at the Ahyra Fine Arts.


A lo-fi original... Impishly sophisticated.

Jessica Kiang, Variety

Upends indie tropes... Genuinely engrossing writing and acting.

Carson Lund, Slant Magazine

Biting and destabilizing... Never cedes the prickly concepts that undermine its drama.

Daniel Kasman, MUBI Notebook

A social and philosophical investigation disguised as a gleefully barbed satire... deserves to be the summer’s art house conversation starter.

Glenn Kenny, The New York Times


A conceptually baroque homage to the very films and filmmakers it is taking the piss out of... the provocations of [the] script and Wilkins’ uncanny editing structure are inextricably bound up in its pleasures.

Dan Sullivan, Cinema Scope

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