Stories about Film from September, 2010
Of “the corporate-style movie…that has appeared on the Internet polishing the Premier’s image as a popular leader”, Vexed Bermoothes says it is akin to “what BP might undertake to restore its image after the debilitating Gulf oil spill.”
Trinidad & Tobago: Film on the Amerindians
Repeating Islands blogs about “one of the documentaries being screened at the 2010 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival…Tracy Assing’s new film The Amerindians.”
Japan: “Our Park” a documentary about Tokyo's Nike Miyashita Park
Directors Emil Langballe and Maria Samoto le Dous produced a documentary titled Our Park [en] about Tokyo's Miyashita Park [en], which is also called Nike Park [en] after sportswear multinational Nike bought its naming rights in 2008. The film focuses on the group of artists and activists who have been...
Trinidad & Tobago: Dat is Mas
Repeating Islands notes that “‘Mas Man Peter Minshall’ has won the prestigious Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at The New York International Film Festival.
UK, Romania: “Katalin Varga”
Csíkszereda Musings writes about Katalin Varga, Peter Strickland's film, set and filmed in Transylvania.
Africa: The Black Venus
Africa is a Country posts a 30-second trailer of the movie “Venus Noire” (Black Venus) about the life of Sara Baartman, the 18th century young Khoi woman publicly exhibited as a circus freak in Europe.
Lebanon: Let's Talk about Movies
Anis Tabet gives his snappy reviews and ratings of movies in his blog “Let's Talk About Movies“.
Middle East: Iran Launches New Movie Channel in Arabic
Iran inaugurated it's first Arabic language movie channel during the Muslim feast of Eid-ul-Fitr, which commemorates the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The new channel will be called iFilm and it is meant to target about 300 million Arabic speakers.
Trinidad & Tobago, Bahamas: Film on Gay Life
gpottt highlights ” a stunning new film about gay life and the Caribbean” which will be screened at the upcoming Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival.
Africa: The Witches of Gambaga
Kajsa posts a link to a clip of a new movie ‘The Witches of Gambaga’ by writer and filmmaker Yaba Badoe.
Venezuela: Documentary Released Online Goes ‘Beyond the Clichés’
Francisco Toro from Caracas Chronicles introduces the documentary “Moving Pictures o Los Autos de Caracas” by Chris Moore, which was released online this week: “The film is a methodical meditation on just how Venezuela's dream of modernity went so badly off the rails.” Francisco will review the documentary in installments...
Armenia-Azerbaijan: Backseat musical musings… and ethnic conflict
With the broadcast media heavily controlled in both Armenia and Azerbaijan there are few avenues left for independent journalists. Bloggers in both countries, however, react to a video posted online.
Kenya: Changing urban youth culture
Bunmi follows up on an earlier post about the youth culture flourishing in Nairobi. “A small group of young adults who are not part of the “larger impoverished population,” nor… part of the small political-economic elite… they articulate a cosmopolitanism with a particular Kenyan flavor…” he writes, linking to a...
Asia: Videos on Drug Abuse and Detention Centers
Drug abuse detention centers in Asia are in the spotlight. Although some Asian drug addicts go in voluntarily to kick their habit, in some places, this has led to routine human rights abuses where people off the street are locked up with no choice, tortured, raped, forced to work for free and denied basic comforts.
Japan, Brazil: Dirty Hearts, a movie on first-generation Japanese-Brazilians after WW2
Jamaipanese reports [en] that next year will be released in Brazil the new film by Brazilian filmmaker Vicente Amorim titled Coracoes Sujos (Dirty Hearts). The movie is about an underreported conflict that divided the Japanese immigrants in Brazil [en] following Japan’s World War II defeat. The trailer of the movie...
Afghanistan: Inside a school for suicide bombers
The Republic of Silence has shared [fa] a video from film maker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy. How does the Taliban convince children to become suicide bombers? Propaganda footage from a training camp in Pakistan is intercut with interviews of young camp graduates.
Egypt: Wanna be a Bride; From Blog to TV
An Egyptian blog featuring humorous short stories about a girl's endless quest to find a suitable husband was published into a book more than two years ago. This year it was turned into a television series, which is being shown across the Arab world this Ramadan.
Kenya: Emergency: Pre-Independence Miniseries
Bobby reviews Emergency, a miniseries written and illustrated by Chief Nyamweya based on pre-independence Kenya as seen through the eyes Chege Karobia and Kim (Dedan Kimathi).