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· August, 2008

Stories about Film from August, 2008

Iran: Watch an old commercial

Thanks to You Tube we can watch an Iranian pre-revolution commercial.

India: Cinema and Activism

Winds from the East on activism and cinema in India.

Japan and Thailand: Children of the Dark

Roy Berman from Multant frog elaborated his comments on a newly released film “Children of the Dark” which is about how children in Thailand are exploited by developed countries.

Iran:Award-winning documentary about murdered bishop

According to, the winner of the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, “A Cry from Iran” is a film about Haik Hovespian, the Christian bishop who was murdered in...

Iran: Iran bans a top actress from leaving for Hollywood

Golshifteh Farahani, an Iranian actress who recently palyed in Ridley Scott's latest movie “Body of Lies”, was banned from leaving Iran. Iranian blogger, Atighe says[Fa] that she is our national...

Egypt: Death of Three Arab Cultural Icons

The Arab world lost three of its cultural icons in the spam of a month. They are Egyptians philosopher Dr Abdelwahab El Mesery and film maker Yousef Chahine and Palestinian...

Haiti: Future of Film

“It would be impossible to understand Haiti without knowing its music, art, and dance”: Haiti Innovation thinks that film-making should be no different and has high hopes for Haitian cinema.

Call for video journalists for You Tube Contest

You Tube's Citizen News channel has released a video promo for an upcoming citizen journalism contest. They will be receiving videos of less than 3 minutes in length, in English,...

Palestine: H Daboor at the Islamic University

Gazan blogger Nostalgia parodies the recent Egyptian comedy H Daboor in a critique of Islamist trends in Gaza today.

Morocco: Saida Fekry's Return

cinema and movies discusses the return of Moroccan singer Saida Fekry, who has been studying film in America.

China: Olympics as mass ritual, rite of passage, or just one big party?

Is Zhang Yimou China’s Leni Riefenstahl, or an artist who has turned mass spectacle ritual into a modern art form? Haiyan Lee delves into this question, and others, at The...

Ethiopia: Haile Gerima's film in Venice

Arefe of Addis Journal reported that Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima‘s latest feature is going to be in the official competition for the 65th Venice's Film Festival, starting at the end...

China: Citizen reporter to be deported

The day after live-vlogging the rare phenomenon that is a loud Free Tibet protest in the middle of Tiananmen Square, Noel ‘noneck’ Hidalgo has just tweeted that he is to...

Morocco: Burgeoning Mollywood

Morocco has long been a mecca for foreign filmmakers. Iconic films like The Last Temptation of Christ and Lawrence of Arabia, as well as more recent films Rendition and Black...

Morocco: The True Story of Andalusia

die blog van toons expresses frustration at an Al Jazeera documentary and clarifies the history of Andalusia.

Estonia: Review of the Singing Revolution

Babel Tallinn posts a review of the recent documentary The Singing Revolution (Laulev Revolutsioon) about the period 1986-1991, when Estonia – along with Latvia and Lithuania – gradually reconquered its...

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