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Ripley: Believe it or not

The history of witchcraft and magic have been of strong personal interest to me ever since I read Glen David Gold’s wonderful book Carter Beats the Devil which is a fictitious account of an early 20th-century stage magician in America. It was at this time, and most importantly during the great depression, that stage magic became … Continue reading

India’s Daughter: The Interview

I’d like to use the controversial recent documentary India’s Daughter to discuss the documentary film interview. The film relates the story and fallout surrounding the gang-rape and subsequent death of Jyoti Singh, who was attacked on a bus while returning home from the cinema with a male friend in south Delhi. The incident provoked outrage … Continue reading

These Birds Walk

“First-time directors Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq intended to make a documentary about Abdul Sattar Edhi, a philanthropist who has opened literally hundreds of facilities for Pakistan’s impoverished citizens; but when Edhi suggested they focus on his work rather than on him, they shifted their focus to an ambulance driver employed at one of his … Continue reading

Notes on Blindness

In the summer of 1983, writer John Hull went blind after years of slowly failing eyesight. He began to keep an audio diary of his experiences, and it is these diaries which the short film “Notes on Blindness” is based on. The strongest focal point of these diaries, and the film, is the relationship between … Continue reading

Conflict, Time, Photography

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/conflict-time-photography The current rise of Instagram over Facebook has enamoured me to some wonderful documentary photographers. Accounts such as everydayasia – in fact, all the everyday accounts – as well as members of the Australian documentary photography collective Oculi, in particular Afghanistan-based Andrew Quilty and Dean Sewell, show that a photograph can be just as powerful as a … Continue reading