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I was tired of the war and terrorism represented in Algerian cinema says Fatma-Zohra Zamoum

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Algerian cinema reflects the male point of view in films about women says Fatma-Zohra  Zamoum whose second feature "How Big is Your Love" is about the relationship between an eight year old boy and his grandparents.  " I made this film because children and the aged are absent in North African cinema. Practically  every movie is about youth or work and lifestyle issues. I was also tired of the war and terrorism represented in Algerian cinema," Zamoum  to...

The Boy Mir- Ten Years in Afghanistan

"The Boy Mir- Ten Years in Afghanistan" is a new submission to ÉCU 2012. It is a travel to central Afghanistan a few months after the fall of the Taliban.  The film tracks cheeky, enthusiastic Mir from a childish eight to a fully grown eighteen-year-old. This is a journey into early adulthood in one of the toughest places on earth and a journey that mirrors the vitally important story of Afghanistan. Chec ...

2011 C E L L U D R O I D Sci-Fi / Anime / Fantasy Film Festival

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Flamedrop Productions present The  C E L L U D R O I D  Sci-Fi / Anime / Fantasy Film Festival 5 - 14 July 2011 @ The Labia Theatre, 68 Orange Street, Cape Town, ZA http://www.CELLUDROID.net Facebook Event Page rsvp: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid​=213016582067126 It is time again to get abducted to the CELLUDROID Film Festival for a wild line-up of Science Fiction, Animation and Fantasy movies.   In addition to a wide range of exciting movies, this year will feature special visi...

CELLUDROID Film Festival wild Sci Fi line up

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C E L L U D R O I DSci-Fi / Anime / Fantasy Film Festival 5 - 14 July 2011The Labia Theatre, 68 Orange Street, Cape Town, ZA www.CELLUDROID.netIt is time again to get abducted to the CELLUDROID Film Festival for a wild line-up of Science Fiction, Animation and Fantasy movies. In addition to a wide range of exciting movies, this year will feature special visiting guest director Richard Stanley (with his movies, documentaries, short films and new book), include a graphic novel launch & more.There ...

Nymphs of the Hindu Kush! Anneta Papathanasiou speaks.

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   photo stills from filmANNETA PAPATHANASSIOU INTERVIEW about her film, “The Nymphs of Hindu Kush” (Oi nymfes tou Hindu Kush) (Greece, 2010), which first screened at the 13th International Thessaloniki Doc Fest 2011 two months ago. After many attempts to see her film and to speak with her, Anneta and I finally made our interview. And just before the circus of the 64th Cannes Film Festival begins with all its fiction films and fantasy glitz and glamor and yachts and movie myth, I thought ...

Interview with War Artist George Gittoes about Bin Laden arrest

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WITH OVER 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE LIVING IN PAKISTAN AND AFGHANISTAN, George Gittoes sheds light on OBL, May 3, 2011 MUST READ! George Gittoes has over 20 years of experience living and traveling in Pakistan and currently lives in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Q: Sharon Abella: On our last interview on February 10, 2010, you mentioned that George Bush and President Obama said that, “Bin Laden was in Bajaur, but that everyone in Bajaur knows one another, and if Bin Laden were living there, they would...

ESSENTIAL KILLING at CPHPIX

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ESSENTIAL KILLING (Poland, 2010) screens at Copenhagen International Film Festival In 'Essential Killing' (2010) actor Vincent Gallo plays Mohammed, a Taliban from Afghanistan on the run from American soldiers through the mountains of Poland after slaughtering three American soldiers to bits. While I would not say this film is bad nor good, I would definitely say that it is very worth the time as it is certainly a film not soon to be forgotten. Who would of thought Gall...

Sofia International Film Festival 2011

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At the 15th Sofia International Film festival (SIFF), ESSENTIAL KILLING (Poland, 2010) screened to an international audience. In 'Essential Killing' (2010) actor Vincent Gallo plays Mohammed, a Taliban from Afghanistan on the run from American soldiers through the mountains of Poland after slaughtering three American soldiers to bits. While I would not say this film is bad nor good, I would definitely say that it is very worth the time as it is certainly a film not soon to be f...

PRESS CONFERENCE AT 13TH TDF

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    Directors Anneta Papathanasiou (Τhe Nymphs of Hindu Kush), Katerina Patroni (Docville - 99 Laskareos St., Athens 61) and Lefteris Fylaktos (26.2 The Road to Here), whose films participate in the TDF international section, gave a press conference on Friday, March 18 2011. Anneta Papathanasiou was inspired to make The Nymphs of Hindu Kush when she became acquainted with the world of the Kalasha people through her teacher Athanassios Lerounis. Lerounis is the driving force behind Gr...

SBIFF 2011 Winners Announced

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  The 26th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced the winners of the 2011 festival competition at a Press Conference and Sunday morning brunch at the famed Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort. To the joy and surprise of both patrons and industry professionals, the festival's 26th season managed to surpass even the great success of last year's silver anniversary. Throughout the past 11 days, cinephiles from around the globe packed the theaters of State Street, creating one of...

PSIFF 2011 reviews

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  In 'Essential Killing' (2010) actor Vincent Gallo plays Mohammed, a Taliban from Afghanistan on the run from American soldiers through the mountains of Poland after slaughtering three American soldiers to bits. While I would not say this film is bad nor good, I would definitely say that it is very worth the time as it is certainly a film not soon to be forgotten. Who would of thought Gallo could pull off such a feat! He is compelling in his role as Taliban on the run and while intim...

Palm Springs in full swing with Polish triple play

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The treasure chest of film choices this year at Palm Springs is so well stocked that the visiting film critic is faced with the dilemma of choice at every turn. Monday, day number five, three important Polish films were stacked up back to back; Jerzy Skolimowski's "Essential Killing", Jan Kidawa-Blonski's "Little Rose" and "All That I love", a debut entry by Jacek Borcuch. Skolimowski and Kidawa-Blonski, both veteran Polish directors, are guests of the fest and we...

Palm Springs in full swing with Polish triple play

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The treasure chest of film choices this year at Palm Springs is so well stocked that the visiting film critic is faced with the dilemma of choice at every turn. Monday, day number five, three important Polish films were stacked up back to back; Jerzy Skolimowski's "Essential Killing", Jan Kidawa-Blonski's "Little Rose" and "All That I love", a debut entry by Jacek Borcuch. Skolimowski and Kidawa-Blonski, both veteran Polish directors, are guests of the fest and were on hand for Q & As after the...

The Afghan Film Festival

Beyond Burqa’s and the Taliban: the Afghan Film Festival  Taliban, turbans and terrorism: these are just a few things that spring to mind when we contemplate Afghanistan. But there is more to Afghanistan! That’s why the Woest Foundation and Rialto bring the Afghan Film Festival to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on Saturday the 13th of November. For one day, Rialto will be the stage for the best Afghan films, documentaries, visual arts, music and debates. Forget about Camp Holland and plunge into the unknown parts of Afghanistan! It is time to put the spotlights on the role of cinema, art and culture in the country… By presenting the best and most recent films and documentaries, the Afghan Film Festival tries to offer a deep and nuanced view on contemporary Afghan society. The program touches upon diverse topics like the recent war, political elections, the fate of Afghan refugees abroad and the extensive drug addiction in the country. But the films also show the resilience and strength of the people in Afghanistan Besides films and documentaries, there will be several debates in which politicians, filmmakers, journalists and Afghan students offer their perspective on Afghanistan’s current society. In the evening, journalist and author Eefje Blankevoort will host the talk show Zap Afghanistan, in which she discusses the impact of our own imaging around Afghanistan with various experts. Which images from Afghanistan were we never allowed to see? And what did Afghans like to watch themselves in the past few years?  Around midnight you can join in on a special edition of Rialto Laat, which transforms the film theatre into an Afghan club with several DJs and VJs, who mix traditional Afghan sounds and video-clips with steaming Western beats.   The Afghan Film Festival Saturday November 13th, 3 PM – 3 AM Film theatre Rialto, Ceintuurbaan 338, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For more information: http://www.afghaansfilmfestival.nl/english-version   The Afghan Film Festival is a cooperation between the Woest Foundation and Rialto Laat.  Rialto Laat: a surprising mix of cult, camp & crossover on the late Friday- or Saturday night. On a monthly basis, a guest programmer explores the boundaries of the (un)expected.

Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg will showcase 30 newcomers

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The International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg, which will celebrate its 60th anniversary next year, is internationally well regarded and sustains its position as being one of the top 100 film festivals worldwide and as being the festival which exclusively presents films by newcomers.From out of thousands of newcomer films the festival selects only roundabout 30 and is thus driven by a very conscious programming process.„We practically fall in love with each single film. The authors and pr...

3 doc mentaries on film at Sheffield

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SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST 3-7 November 2010www.sheffdocfest.com Among the 130 film line-up at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest - which includes 15 World Premieres, 26 UK Premieres, 5 European Premieres and 1 International Premiere - are 3 feature docs which look at the art of cinema. Belair (UK Prem) (Brazil 2009 Dirs Noa Bressane and Bruno Safadi 80min)THURS 04 NOV / 14:15 Noa Bressane and Bruno Safadi’s Belair is about an extraordinary chapter in Brazil’s cinematic history. At a film festival in...

Secrets And Lies: The Pat Tillman Story

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  It is one of the defining news stories of the Iraq/Afghanistan wars….when all-star football player Pat Tillman walked away from a multi-million dollar contact with the Arizona Cardinals in May 2002 to join the Army, he became an instant symbol of patriotic fervor following the events of 9-11. However, when his promising future ended in unexpected and unnecessary tragedy, the Tillman family refused to accept the “official” story being offered by the military and polit...

Interview avec l'artiste de guerre le plus audacieux du monde, et le réalisateur George Gittoes En direct du Festival de Berlin

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En direct du Festival de Berlin FILM International (Berlinale)  10 février,2010  Interview avec l'artiste de guerre le plus audacieux du monde, et le réalisateur George Gittoes. George Gittoes, originally from Austrailia, has traveled extensively to Nicaragua, Phillipines, Somalia, Sinai, Southern Lebanon, Israel, Gaza, Western Sahara, Cambodia, Laos, Mozambique, South Africa, Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, Tibet, Timor, Congo, Rwanda, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. ...

Exhibitions in Tallinn Fest

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          Forsaken - Images documenting the realities of life for Afghan women   Movie Theatre ARTIS, Solaris center, Estonia pst. 9, Tallinn Nov 30 - Dec 13, 2009, Mon-Sun 10:00-21:00, free admission The exhibition is organised by the office of the Embassy of Canada to Estonia in Tallinn. In March 2004 when award-winning photographer Lana Šlezic´ went on assignment to Afghanistan from her native Canada, she never dr...

Shuttling Between Hopefulness To Desperation (And Back Again)

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At a film festival such as IDFA that is exclusively devoted to documentary film, a dedicated viewer (which, at a minimum of 4 films per day, qualifies me) cannot help but be constantly batted from feelings of outrage and anger to feelings of optimism and hope. Documentaries, unlike any other art form, really get under your skin with real lives, some of them quite desperate and terribly sad, that break down the tenuous barrier of us versus them. To really appreciate a documentary, it is important...

Shuttling Between Hopefulness To Desperation (And Back Again)

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  At a film festival such as IDFA that is exclusively devoted to documentary film, a dedicated viewer (which, at a minimum of 4 films per day, qualifies me) cannot help but be constantly batted from feelings of outrage and anger to feelings of optimism and hope. Documentaries, unlike any other art form, really get under your skin with real lives, some of them quite desperate and terribly sad, that break down the tenuous barrier of us versus them. To really appreciate a documentary, it ...

IDFA Feature Films In Competition

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  Getting a prize at IDFA, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, can be of major significance to a documentary film at the start of its long journey through the Festival circuit and, hopefully, to theatrical, television and ancillary distribution. The Festival's imprimatur is highly regarded and respected in the world of programmers and festival directors, who are here in Amsterdam scouring for the best in non-fiction film. Here is the first part of the films compet...

CineVegas has announced the complete lineup

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CineVegas has announced the complete lineup for its 11th Annual Festival, including Bobcat Goldthwait’s World’s Greatest Dad as the closing night film, it was announced today by Trevor Groth, Artistic Director. In addition to the opening night film, Saint John of Las Vegas, and eight “Jackpot Premieres” which were earlier announced, the 2009 Festival will offer a selection of documentaries in the “Pioneer Documentaries” section; “Diamond Discoveries” the best new independent fil...

Tribeca Talks Series

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The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival today announced the line-up for its two discussion programs – the Tribeca Talks Series and “Behind the Screens: Films and Conversations about Truth, Clarity and Responsibility,” sponsored by iShares Exchange Traded Funds. The Tribeca Talks Series includes “Tribeca Talks Panels,” “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie,” “Tribeca Talks Special Events,” “Tribeca Talks: Industry” and “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper hosted by Barnes & Noble.” The 2009 ...

Ann Arbor Film Festival opens tonight

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The 47th Ann Arbor Film Festival explores “the new world of independent cinema," beginning with the Opening Night Gala and screening Tuesday, March 24th! This year's Opening Night Gala takes place from 6:00 – 8:00pm in the Grand Foyer of the historic Michigan Theater. The celebration kicks off with live music from Los Gatos, open bar and catering from local favorites including Seva, Totoro Japanese Restaurant, eat catering & chef services, Morgan & York, Avalon Bread, Schakolad chocolates a...

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