Films

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on : Friday, 23 Nov, 2012

Mixed Feelings

What happens if one learns that one’s child is actually Jewish-Israeli and you are a Muslim Palestinian mother and father? And if you learn that your child is actually Muslim-Palestinian and you are a Jewish-Israeli mother and father? You love them. You love them just as much as you always loved them. You love them through the confusion and awkwardness and tortured emotions of knowing that they are not literally your biological child, but you have raised them since birth as you...

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Nicholas Blincoe
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on : Monday, 19 Nov, 2012

A Hollywood Rescue Mission

A recurring joke in Argo is that no one knows what ‘Argo’ means. It is the title of a script for a Flash Gordon-style space opera, but beyond that no one has a clue. At a read-through in the Beverley Hills Hilton, a grizzled and jaded Hollywood producer tries to answer a journalist’s questions but is clearly flummoxed. What is the problem? Has he not even read the script? The point is that no one needs to read the script because no one is ever going to make the film. The story of how t...

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Nicholas Blincoe
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on : Thursday, 11 Oct, 2012

Citizen Journalist

The tiny Palestinian village of Bil’in has become the frontline in the drawn-out struggle to stop Israel building a wall through the West Bank. 5 Broken Cameras is a document...

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on : Friday, 22 Jun, 2012

Review: Where Do We Go Now?

The film is a tale of one unspecified Arab village—likely in Lebanon where the film was shot—that oscillates between coexistence and violence and an ever-present undercurre...

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Nicholas Blincoe
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on : Friday, 18 May, 2012

The Dictator of Laughs

Admiral Shabazz Aladeen, dictator of Wadiya, has much in common with other despots. He is an ophthalmologist like Al-Assad of Syria, and rewrites his nation’s dictionary like...

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on : Saturday, 28 Apr, 2012

Resilience and Injustice

From 20 April through 3 May, the Palestine Film Festival brings a wide range of films addressing Palestinian realities to London. The program is provocative and challenging, an...

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Nicholas Blincoe
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on : Friday, 23 Mar, 2012

Once Upon a Lost Time in Turkey

Acclaimed Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan recently said, “I like to create to mislead people.” Everything about his extraordinary, Palme d’Or-winning film Once Upon A ...

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Nicholas Blincoe
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on : Friday, 10 Feb, 2012

Cinema After 9/11

How’s this for a trick question: which European actor received an Oscar nomination in 2012 for an entirely silent performance in a film that was also nominated for a best pic...

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Nicholas Blincoe
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on : Wednesday, 18 Jan, 2012

Inside the Iron Lady

No one walks quite like Margaret Thatcher. She scurries with her knees bent, the handbag swinging like a tightly wound metronome. In the recently released film, The Iron Lady, ...

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on : Friday, 4 Nov, 2011

Lebanon’s War and a Mother’s Secret

Addressing the issues of identity, family, memory and trauma, Incendies powerfully illustrates the horror of Lebanon’s civil war Production year: 2010 Countries: Canada, Fran...

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