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· January, 2009

Stories about Film from January, 2009

Iran: Watch “Rick Steves’ Iran”

Watch Rick Steves’ Iran film here.

Madagascar's resourceful kids

This week, two videos from Madagascar show us how children make do with their situation and rise above it using ingenuity, creativity and a bit of daring. First is Toky,...

India: Reactions to Slumdog Millionaire

If you have not heard about Slumdog Millionaire then you must have missed all the buzz and the word of mouth publicity the film has got over the past few...

Nigeria: Nollywood Babylon at Sundance Festival

“Nollywood Babylon” is a feature documentary about the explosive popularity of Nigeria’s movie industry popularly known as ‘Nolywood.”

Iran: 6000 paintings in a film

Pars Arts writes about Reza Dolatabadi's Khoda,a five minute film comprised of more than 6000 paintings produced over two years. You can watch the film here.

Philippines: World War 2 History in Indie Film

The acclaimed indie film Concerto: Davao War Diary depicts the interaction of a Filipino family with Japanese soldiers during the Second World War. Concerto, set in the southern Philippine island...

Russia: Notes on the Crisis, Movies

Megan Case writes about her trip to Russia: “Our friends had stories of their workplaces downsizing, several had been given an extra “vacation” (without pay) or received a pay cut....

Egypt: Bloggers Divided over Geert Wilders

Amsterdam Appeals Court decided that Geert Wilders, Dutch MP, will be put on trial for his views on Islam. Wilders, and his movie had caused a huge anger wave last...

Nepal: Bollywood Movie Banned Over Buddha Birthplace Row

A Bollywood movie titled ‘Chandni Chowk To China’ was banned in Nepal because a narrator in a scene suggested that the Buddha was born in India instead of Nepal. Badmas...

Nigeria: Future Awards Winners 2009

Read this to know the winners of Future Awards 2009 in Nigeria.

Video: Slumdog Millionaire and the Indian Slums

Our new volunteer author for video, Ruchika Muchhala, writes in the Channel 19 blog about Slumdog Millionaire, a film set and filmed in Mumbai, India, which recently won 5 out...

India: Much Ado About Slumdog Millionaire

Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan wrote on his blog that India has been portrayed as the Third World's dirty underbelly in Danny Boyle's film Slumdog Millionaire. Aditi Nadkarni at Desicritics has...

Chile: Videoblogging daily life

From Chile, Paloma Baytelman brings us snippets of daily life and other not-so-common events through her videoblog. Santa driving a bus, voting, and harrassment by costumed characters are only part...

Cuba: Dealing with Racism

As a documentary on racial discrimination in Cuba is released, Havana republishes a mainstream media article on the debate, while Babalu Blog says: “I guess this reporter figured out...

Russia: Fate of Mennonites during Stalin

Otto's Random Thoughts publishes a review of a documentary film on the fate of Mennonites in Stalin's Russia.

Belarus: Minsk meets Hollywood

Andrei Khrapavitski of Belarusian American Blog shares his impressions of Defiance the first Hollywood blockbuster about Belarus – a story of World War II partisans – to hit international moviescreens.

Czech Republic: Havel and Klaus documentaries

Dr. Sean's Diary reviews two TV-documentaries of respectively Czech leaders Vaclac Klaus and Vaclav Havel.

Morocco: “We are all Hamas”

Allal El Alaoui posts a brief screenplay written about the ongoing attacks on Gaza.

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