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· May, 2011

Stories about Film from May, 2011

Thailand: 9 Film Festival

Wise Kwai reviews the 9 Film Festival in Thailand. The event features “nine short films, each nine minutes long and incorporating something about the No 9 in them.”

Russia: “My Perestroika”

Dina Fainberg of The Dustbin of History writes about My Perestroika – “a lovely documentary by an American film-maker [Robin Hessman] about how four classmates were affected by the changes...

Philippines: Short films of Kidlat Tahimik

Francis Cruz reviews the notable short films made by Filipino filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik.

Mexico: Teacher Sings with Students During Shooting

The YouTube video showing a kindergarten teacher singing with her students to keep them calm during a shooting in Monterrey, Mexico has spread almost virally through the Spanish speaking countries.

Africa: The role of music in African cinema

Beatriz Leal Riesco explores the role of music in African cinema: “Since the early days of African cinema, music has formed part of a (self) conscious discourse concerning the problematic...

Japan: Video Haiku

Vimeo user Stephen Niebauer presents a project called Video Haiku. A haiku is a short form of Japanese poetry that usually consists of three verses of 5,7 and 5 morae....

North Africa: Manifesto for a Maghreb of Cinema

The Arab revolution has also impacted the cinema world. Filmmakers from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia have just launched on their blog Maghreb du cinéma [fr], a suggestion box to reinvigorate the...

Cuba: Effects of a Beating

Crossing the Barbed Wire blogs about his efforts to make a film about “Alberto Lairo Castro, a young Holguin native who in 2007 was a victim of a ‘Double Nelson’...

Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago: More on Bocas

More on the Bocas Lit Fest, from Annie Paul.

Brazil: How a Blog Post Ended Up in the Cannes Festival

A brazilian blogger, Alê Felix, unintentionally made it to the Cannes Festival, after writing [pt] about a moving and random conversation she had had with a boy in Rio de...

Puerto Rico: New Documentary

@sire_damiano interviews musician and filmmaker Guillermo Gómez Alvarez [es] about his most recent documentary “Una identidad en absurdo” for the music blog Puerto Rico Indie [es].

Africa: Helsinki Africa Film Festival

Wanjiku wa Ngugi, the founder of the Helsinki African Film Festival talks to Beti Ellerson about the representation of Africa in Finland and this year’s theme “Women’s Voices and Visions”

North Korea in the Grip of South Korean Soap Fever

South Korean soap operas have gained a huge popularity in North Korea nowadays, even to create new slang among teens, Hanciema posted on the new trends in one of the...

Greece: Documentary Film “Debtocracy” Available in English

Debtocracy, a documentary by Katerina Kitidi and Aris Hatzistefanou about the causes and possible solutions of the Greek debt crisis, can be viewed with the English subtitles beginning today. It's...

Cape Verde: Unheard Stories from Marginalized Youth

The website For CV introduces a theatre and film project in Cape Verde called Mim’delo [pt]. According to the non-profit association behind it, 10 pt, Mim'delo aims to involve marginalized youth...

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