Stories about Film from February, 2006
This week in Israel: election campaigns, a kidnapping in France and more
Israel is now six weeks before general elections, and the campaigning is starting to heat up. Shai Tsur of Shaister has a concise and intelligent roundup of the campaign platforms of the major parties. He writes that he likes the ad campaign of Meretz, a leftist Zionist party, the best....
Jamaica: Say no to Brokeback
“Now before you gay advocates out there start posting hateful comments, understand that Jamaica is a very conservative country,” says Leon, in defense of the anti-Brokeback Mountain outcry in Jamaica.
Mongolia: Japan's Chingis Khan Craze
Mongolia Matters has the latest evidence of Japan's Chingis Khan craze.
Mexico, Brazil: Showing of Brazilian Documentary on Bloggers
Alfredo Sanchez (ES) and Eduardo Arcos (ES) both post about the free showing of a Brazilian documentary about bloggers and another about cinema clubs this Saturday in Mexico City. More information about both documentaries can be found at Cine Club Bravo, the group hosting the event.
Chile: French Indie Musicians Visit
For all you fans of floating canines and euro-techno, this is one post that can't be missed. The Chilean music blog, Super 45 – Blog System says that various French artists are headed towards Chile including Manu Chao and Pascal Arbez (better known as Vitalic). Included is a video of...
Cuba: Cinema since 1900
regalado.blogia.com publishes an overview of Cuban cinema since 1900.
Singapore: Short Film Fest
Huichieh Loy shares his impressions of the offerings at the First Toronto-Singapore Short Film Festival.
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Grbavica
Resident of a Sarajevo neighborhood Grbavica, Balkan-Scissors announces the Bosnian movie Grbavica, which has just won the Berlin Golden Bear award.
India: Bollywood Bridges
India: Bollywood Bridges
Bahrain: another eventful week in review
an eventful week in Bahrain.. but we've ALMOST moved away from "the cartoons"...
All Quiet on The Chinese Front
The topic of Internet and press censorship in China continued to draw heated debate after the US congressional hearing on this issue last week. Rebecca MacKinnon wrote a comprehensive review of discussions among the English-language blogs on China. She also quoted from two well-known Chinese-language bloggers – Anti and Keso....
Croatia: Women in Turbofolk Documentary
Eric Gordy at East Ethnia writes about a Croatian documentary on the experience of women in the folk music industry, to be shown at Zagreb Dox Festival of Documentary Film on Feb. 25.
Guatemala's Gay Porn Uproar
Commenting on the political uproar which has followed the shooting of a series of homosexual pornographic films in Antigua, Guatemala, El Blog Diablogico writes from the colonial city: It's not exactly clear what most disturbs the Guatemalans about this piece of news. It's as if an apparent act of disrespect...
Russia: Film Industry Revival
Snowsquare.com writes about the revival of Russia's film industry: the opening of Dnevnoi Dozor (Day Watch, a sequel to Nochnoi Dozor, Night Watch) in the United States today, and the upcoming Moscow opening of Bumer 2, also a sequel.
Palestine: Ali Suliman in the Hot Zone
Will of kabobfest says that Yahoo's Indiana Jones-journalist Kevin Sites is slowly getting on his good side. “I blogged about him in critical and in not-so-critical ways. But his interview with ‘Paradise Now‘ actor Ali Suliman of Nazareth is a solid effort in support of good art. Despite the cheesy...
The Famous Director Goes to Court
Chen Kaige, one of the most prominent Chinese film directors, is suing a young man for making a video spoofing the director's latest martial arts fantasy epic, The Promise. Chen, famed for his film Farewell, My Concubine, alleged copyright violation. Even though he may be on solid legal ground, most...
Hungarian Election: the Lesser Embarrassment
Pestiside.hu writes of a silly political story that made it into the Western media, the coverage of Hungary in general, and the candidates Hungarians have to choose between in the upcoming election: the lesser embarrassment, not the lesser evil.
‘Singing Revolution’ in Estonia
Bonjour l'Estonie points to a documentary about a predecessor of the recent bloodless revolutions in the former Soviet Union – Estonia's Singing Revolution. The documentary's website is here.
This Week in Palestinian Blogs: Palestine Now
Via The Black Iris, Naseem Tarawnah blogs the latest news of the first Palestinian movie to ever be nominated for an Oscars right after winning the Golden Globe: Paradise Now. Naseem posted an article about Israeli lobbies against tagging the film again as Palestinian. An interesting chain of comments evolved...
In Defense of Piracy
Beijing Loafer defends the role of piracy in media-controlled China. Without piracy, Chinese audiences “would only get the likes of Titanic, Backstreet Boys and Batman with no shoulder exposed, products as mind numbing as the communist propaganda”. The drawbacks? Misleading subtitles.
Trinidad & Tobago: Hip-hop meets Carnival
Caribbean Free Radio posts a humorous tale about a rap video crew's attempts to shoot a music video during Carnival