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· September, 2009

Stories about Film from September, 2009

CEE: History, Nationalism and Identity

Marietta Le of Remainder of Budapest writes about issues of history, nationalism and identity in Hungary and other states of Central and Eastern Europe.

Jamaica: Gully Gaza

Active Voice offers an insight into the Jamaican “Gully Gaza phenomenon”.

Venezuela: Expectations for the Oliver Stone Documentary

The trailer for the documentary called “South of the Border” from U.S. filmmaker Oliver Stone, which profiles Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, has been a topic within Venezuelan blogosphere.

Israel: “Ajami” Reveals Nuanced Look at Israeli Society

The film "Ajami" was the big winner at last night's Ophir Prizes and will continue on to international audiences as Israel's foreign film nominee for the 2010 Academy Awards. Israeli...

Trinidad and Tobago: film partners

The Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival blog offers notes from a panel discussion of “the future of co-productions in the Caribbean”, with contributions from filmmakers and other creative professionals.

USA: Pilgrimage into the Wild

Numerous fans of the best-selling book Into the Wild make the treacherous journey to the exact location in Alaska where its main character died in an abandoned public bus. Thankfully,...

Trinidad and Tobago: tranquil temple

Now Is Wow Too posts a tranquil, meditative video filmed near the famous Temple in the Sea in central Trinidad. “In the background, water laps, a bird sings in the...

Japan: Lecture on Manga, Anime and Otaku

Jean Snow points us to Patrick Macias's lecture at California State University, made available as a podcast episode: ‘Theoretical Perspectives on Manga, Anime and Otaku‘.

Taiwan: Kaohsiung set to screen film amidst controversy

The Kaohsiung Film Festival came under pressure from China over its decision to screen The Ten Conditions of Love, a documentary about exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer. As a result...

Video: Call for submissions in Democracy Now Challenge

As the winners of the 2009 Democracy Now Challenge enjoy their reward in the USA, the submission period for the 2010 edition of the contest is opened to allow people...

China: The Founding of a Republic

As a celebration of the upcoming 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on 1 October, the all-star epic “The Founding of a Republic” will be...

Lebanon: Lebanese Bloggers React to Israeli film “Lebanon”

Lebanese bloggers have offered a mixed reception to another Israeli film about the Jewish state's 1982 invasion of its northern neighbour. Conspicuously titled "Lebanon", the autobiographical film is set entirely...

Trinidad and Tobago: filmmakers speak

The Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival blog posts short interviews with filmmakers Dalton Narine, Mariel Brown, and Jaime Lee Loy.

Suriname: a word for freedom

“It’s hard for me to imagine a language or dialect without a word for ‘freedom'”: Jamaican litblogger Geoffrey Philp reviews a new documentary film about the Surinamese poet Trefossa.

Indonesia: Controversial new film law

Indonesia's Parliament has recently approved a new film law which drew strong reactions from the local movie industry. It is feared that the law would legitimize the government's tighter control...

Japan: In Response to ‘The Cove’

Lisa Katayama at Tokyo Mango blogs about an update about the dolphin killings in Taiji from the Oceanic Preservation Society, the organization behind the documentary ‘The Cove’.

Arab Women… Minors Until They Die

Though blessed with inner strength that enables them to deal with the shackles of their culture, some Arab women are dealt with as minors who will never reap the fruits...

Slovenia: Film Director Andrej Košak

Adventures in Wheelville translates excerpts from “a nice little interview with Slovenian film director, lecturer (at the very cool new private art academy here called AVA), and blogger Andrej Košak.”

India: How To Stop Online Movie Piracy

Soumyadip at Cutting The Chai discusses ways to curb online movie piracy, which is affecting the Indian movie industry.

China: Crowdsourcing subtitle translations

Activist Tan Zuoren, little-known outside China, is the inspiration for a new documentary from artist Ai Weiwei and his Sugar Jar posse. Featuring civil rights lawyers Liu Xiaoyuan and Pu...

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