“30 Films That Inspire Activism” and a Cinema roundup…

In Uncategorized on March 26, 2013 at 20:27

30 Films That Inspire Activism

from Global Voices Online by Solana Larsen

Social Impact Media Awards 2013

30 documentary films from around the world have been nominated for the Social Impact Media Awards.

SIDE EFFECTS and SAFE HAVEN: Out of the past

from Observations on film art and FILM ART by bordwellblog


Turkish film enters a wilderness of nostalgia and introspection

from World news: Turkey | by Phil Hoad

Whereas westerns reflect a longing for a vanished past, Turkish cinema is examining and lamenting modernisation as it happens

By the time Sergio Leone got to Monument Valley in 1968 to film exteriors for Once Upon a Time in the West, its sandstone buttes – engrained in the popular consciousness by their presence in John Ford‘s westerns – had already assumed the hulking mythic grandeur the great Italian director needed for his story of American beginnings. Nuri Bilge Ceylan was surely hoping for a little of the same when he had his night convoy of murder investigators sweep their headlights across the vast prairie in last year’s Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. The auburn-grey hills around Keskin, near the capital Ankara, might not be as singular a location as the Utah valley, but they’ve got their own mute, unknowable magnificence – a suitable backdrop for Ceylan’s gloomy night of the Turkish soul.


Does Iran have a legal case against ‘Argo’?

from FP Passport by Marya Hannun



Iran media dismiss ‘Argo’ Oscar as ‘political’

from Hurriyet Daily News

Iranian media on Monday scoffed at Hollywood’s awarding of its top honour to Ben Affleck’s Iran.

Predictable Argo win at Oscars causes predictable Iranian outrage

from FP Passport by Marya Hannun



After Ang Lee’s Oscar Win, China Imagines Cinema Beyond Censors

from Global Voices Online by Abby

Looking to Taiwanese-born director Ang Lee’s Oscar win for Best Director with pride and envy, mainland Chinese web users frustrated with the communist regime’s tight grip on the film industry are wondering about their own country’s cinematic potential.


Black Mirror episode 2: White Bear and the culture of desensitization

from Boing Boing by Leigh Alexander


How ‘Life of Pi’ Became a Visual Masterpiece

from Mashable! by Samantha Murphy

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