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Poison and Antidote: Looking into Violence in Colombia. Exploring the mini-doc genre

It is a given that ethnographic film is a genre which tells stories about community, society and people. Through doing this, societal issues may come to be addressed, and in this blog I have previously looked at films which address issues of racism, alcoholism and poverty among others. However, I do not believe that it … Continue reading

Saving 10,000

The suicide rate in Japan is up to 12 times higher than in other Asian countries. In the last ten years, 300,000 deaths by suicide were recorded. That’s the population of Iceland. Japanese society places great emphasis on honour. If a man is unable to pay his debts, if he is struggling with the strong … Continue reading

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Sushi is the essence of Japanese cuisine. Many years ago it was far too expensive for most Japanese to eat, but since the end of the second world war fish farming has increased greatly and sushi has become popular in America and Europe, and with the advent of 100-yen sushi restaurants in Japan sushi is … Continue reading

Ub Lama

Galaa is a troublesome twelve-year-old boy who lives in a yurt in Mongolia’s largest yurt district in Ulaanbataar. His father has been dead for several years, and his mother earns money by selling cigarettes to passing tradesmen at Narantuul Market. He has a very sweet and earnest little brother, who he takes care of despite … Continue reading

Kampf um K√§rnten/Fight for Carinthia

Carinthia, Austria, is a very interesting international region, although some of its older residents might not like to think of it that way. On October 10th 1920 Carinthia held a plebiscite to decide whether it would remain part of Austria or give itself over to Slovenia, as it was home to a huge number of … Continue reading