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Cinema

The director as dictator

Cinematic propaganda is in the eye of the beholder. The term ‘propaganda’ in the Anglo- Saxon world has a strongly negative...

Filmmakers and classrooms

Though films are now made practically everywhere in the world, historically there are three countries that have continuously produced and continue to produce an...

From fjords to Polynesia, through the Andes

It is now one hundred years since the birth of Thor Heyerdahl, who in 1947 (to prove his theories on the colonization of Polynesia...

Post-Wave Romanian films come into view in Transylvania

The Transylvania International Film Festival, or TIFF, which takes place every year in the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca in the Carpathians, was founded in...

Masterpieces in wartime

Spoils, treasures and our artistic heritage. Many war movies are about the personal dramas of a handful of soldiers, who often stand in for...

José Luis Valle Gonzalez – Workers in Tijuana

Brightly lit skyscrapers where everyone’s good looking, depressed and violent family life after work, or the unusual retirement of a Mexican janitor and nurse....

Truth is the most Difficult Art

On a quest for a ‘pure’ gaze on the world, the Sensory Ethnography Laboratory at Harvard University has produced some of the most interesting...

Filming faith and non-faith

Making visible what’s missing is a challenge. Though the election, last March, of the Argentinean Pope Francis seems to have invigorated the standing of...

On-screen piracy

Raiders on the high seas between cinema and reality. Captain Jack Sparrow versus Afweyne, the Somali pirate king. Piracy in a film context is...

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