· February, 2009

Stories about Film from February, 2009

Cuba: Human Rights

  10 February 2009

Diaspora blogger Child of the Revolution calls “shameless” the Cuban justice minister's suggestion that all is well when it comes to human rights, while Uncommon Sense links to the trailer of a new documentary about Cuban political prisoner Oscar Biscet.

Pakistan: Karafilm Festival

  10 February 2009

Yawar Herekar at CHUP! – Changing Up Pakistan reviews Karachi's Karafilm Festival, an international film fest that showcases a range of movies from around the world.

Morocco: The Cinema Scene

  10 February 2009

The cinema scene in Morocco resembles that in Gaza, says Moroccan blogger Allal El Alaoui, who remarks: “Poor cinema in Morocco.It is targetted by everyone and eveywhere.First,and sadly speaking;majority of cinema-theatres are closed because of the mediocrity of films introduced..”

Brazil: The (r)evolution of Lusophone music

  6 February 2009

LabCult provides a torrent link of a documentary about Luso-Afro-Brazilian music and sounds: “Lusophony – The (R)Evolution“. From hiphop to rock, visiting the Portuguese fado and Angolan and Caboverdian rhythms like the kuduro and the morna, the doc compiles Lusophone music from the colony days till today.

Martinique: The last masters of the islands?

  5 February 2009

As the two-week-long-protest in Guadeloupe continues, the other French Overseas Departments of America - French Guiana and Martinique - are thinking about their own contribution to this deep thinking and massive mobilization. In the midst of this brainstorming, the French-encrypted and sometimes trouble-making channel, Canal+ is seasoning up the debate with a sizzling hot documentary about the tight relationships between certain ethnic groups and economic domination on the French island of Martinique. The Martinican blogosphere, naturally, has been buzzing...

Japan and U.S: Totoro Forest Project

  2 February 2009

Martin J Frid from Kurashi introduces an exhibition on Totoro in San Francisco, which is part of the Totoro Forest project for preserving the Sayama Forest in Tokyo.

Laos: Gran Torino and Hmong culture

  2 February 2009

Padek of Lao Voices notes that the latest Clint Eastwood film, “Gran Torino”, has many “intricate links” to Laos. Apocalypse Lao writes that the film is noteworthy because “It’s the most prominent example of Hmong culture in the history of Hollywood.”

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