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· January, 2008

Stories about Film from January, 2008

Belarus, Latvia: “Ploshcha”

Marginalia watches Ploshcha (“The Square”), a film about the March 2006 mass protests in Minsk – “and watching it is a good way to mark Ceauşescu's birthday and Suharto's death”...

Brazil: 5 years of Filmes do Chico

“I never thought that Filmes do Chico, this plaything of mine, would get this far. I shall thank all of you who have followed me in this 5 years eternity....

Bangladesh: Cinema, politics, health, photography and history

Cinema: The Bangladeshi film industry nicknamed Dhallywood used to produce decent films for the Bangladeshi society. But with the competition of superior quality pictures from Hollywood and Bollywood, which conquered...

Davos: peeking in and participating through videos

The World Economic Forum´s annual meeting of political and business leaders is taking place between January 23rd and January 27th in Davos, Switzerland. This year, common people can participate in...

Cameroon: Documentary on the Bakweri-German Wars

A new documentary on the history of the Bakweri people of Cameroon has been released: “…“Kuva Likenye” is a 30 minute documentary that profiles the heroic exploits of a mountain...

China: Women at The Wheel

Tiger temple introduces an online documentary about woman taxi drivers’ life in China. The director is a Chinese migrant in Germany. The whole documentary is streamed at 24hr blogbus (zh).

Brazil: Blame the Oscar rules

“The exclusion of The Year My Parents Went on Vacation from the nominations for the foreign-language Oscar should not be blamed on the quality of the film itself or the...

Pakistan: On Provocation

The Pakistani Spectator on a radical right-wing politician in Holland who is planning on broadcasting a provocative anti-Muslim film.

Botswana: Making movies in Botswana

Mma Ramotswa post a news article about making movies and documentaries in Botswana: “Over the past 10 or 20 years, digital cameras and computer editing have dramatically opened up filmmaking...

Egypt: Secrets on Video

From Egypt, videos which expose secrets and ugly truths. One of them, Hideous, attempts to shock the rich into action by contrasting their carefree lives with the poverty on the...

Serbia: Kusturica vs Willis

Belgrade 2.0 writes about Emir Kusturica's dislike of Die Hard, Bruce Willis and all things Hollywood.

Latvia: Review of “Defenders of Riga”

Latvian Abroad reviews Defenders of Riga, “a feel-good patriotic movie”: “And watching a war movie in which bombs were falling on the familiar streets on which I've walked thousands of...

China and Hong Kong: Jet Li on Patriotism

Diumanpark blogs the transcript of famous actor Li Lianjie or Jet Li's T.V interview, in particular his view about patriotism. To Jet, independent thinking is most crucial (zh).

Iran:”Anti Iranian Series on Iranian TV!”

EarthSoldier says [Fa] that :”Setareh Soheyl” is “an anti Iranian series on Iranian TV” and it is produced in Iran. The blogger calls it worse than 300 movie.The blogger says...

Mozambique: Sleep Walking Land

Forever Pemba [pt] is glad to find out that the film ‘Sleep Walking Land’, by Mozambican Teresa Prata based on a Mia Couto's book, will be shown at the Pune...

Brazil: The Year My Parents Went on Vacation

The Brazilian movie “The Year My Parents Went on Vacation”, by Cao Hamburger, has made it to the list of nine movies pre-selected for the foreign-language Academy Award. On January...

Kenya: Moving images of unrest and hope

A video walkthrough of the recent violent events in Kenya following the December 27th elections, with shocking images, insightful interviews and hopeful thoughts on the future.

Environment: Greening Communities in South Africa

Carbon Copy posts a 90 second award winning film shot in Cape Town's Khayelitsha township; The film “touches on daily township life in South Africa and how solar energy could...

Colombia: Filmmaker Stone and the Hostages

The U.S. filmmaker Oliver Stone was on hand to document the handover of the FARC hostage, which ultimately failed. Constanza Vieira of Heavy Metal Colombia [es] discusses Stone's presence.

Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica: “Moving” Film

Caribbean Beat Blog turns the spotlight on Jamaican-born Annmarie Morais’ first feature film.

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