Film

Ties that separate

Guest post by Abby Plener In 1979, the Iranian Revolution overthrew the the Pahlavi dynasty with remarkable force. Much of its strength derived from the diversity it managed to mobilize: the movement appealed to secular nationalists, middle-class liberals, proclaimed Marxists,

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Authors of our fates — or just characters?

The philosopher Alain de Botton once argued in a 2009 TED presentation that the meritocratic ideals that are such a point of pride in our modern age have a dark side. In explicitly accepting the idea that people are rewarded

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Discovering film, recovering a country

Iraq has become globally synonymous with many things over the last ten years: war, disruption, poverty, struggle, strife, even futility. As conflict in the region continues to rage, it’s easy to forget about the country’s populace, but film critic-turned-filmmaker Mark

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A people and their land

Guest post by Zach Kuehner An old high school teacher of mine used to feign inspiration by scribbling the phrase, “Don’t memorize, understand” on the blackboard at the beginning of every school year. It was simple advice, but decidedly hard

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The things our father taught us

Guest post by Luke Grundy Mexican cinema sets the bar high. In the last twenty years we’ve seen talents as diverse as Guillermo Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Gael García Bernal and typist’s nightmare Alejandro González Iñárritu emerge from Central America’s

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The life in concrete boxes

The apartment building is one of the most standardized and recognizable architectural forms in the world — in its most common form, a simple rectangular box of white-painted concrete, white steel balconies, and grey windows. It is ugly, conformist, efficient;

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You can never go home again

From Kilkenny, Ireland’s Adrien Merigeau and Alan Holly comes a fascinating, award-winning 11-minute short called “Old Fangs”, which can most simply be described as an animated film about a young wolf attempting to come to terms with his father and

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Breaking cars and communities

There are glimpses of mankind’s relationship with cast-off objects that stick with you. The salvage and re-use of coral-cinder blocks from abandoned buildings in Barbados; the breaking of mammoth ships into scrap metal on the Alang beaches of India. Though

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Inventing things just to throw us

For many fans of independent cinema, Aaron Hillis’s GreenCine Daily is a must-read blog, combining festival reports, interviews, and well-written posts about original films and the people who make them. Interestingly, Hillis is also a partner in Benten Films, a

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