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Unreliable narrative in documentary film

A few short thoughts: From Monastery to Catwalk: The Miss Tibet Beauty Pageant is a short documentary raising many important issues surrounding Tibetan politics as well as women in Tibet. For all its positives, however, it does nothing to sell Tibetan culture as one that behaves fairly towards women, mostly due to the main character … Continue reading

欢迎来到香港: Welcome to Hong Kong

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/witness/2014/02/welcome-hong-kong-2014222165512984842.html This Al-Jazeera Witness documentary was first broadcast in February 2014 and I am very glad it was. The fact that another film has been made about the issues surrounding housing in Hong Kong means that there is growing awareness that the issue exists, and more acknowledgement that the governing bodies of Hong Kong’s public … Continue reading

Once Upon a Rooftop

Last week I visited a friend in Hong Kong who showed me a news article she had read entailing the lives of people who live in cages in Kowloon on the Hong Kong mainland. Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas on the planet, and with this comes the problem of housing. … Continue reading

Yogis of Tibet

Tibet is one of the latest-discovered civilisations in the world. They have lived self-sufficiently for a thousand years. Currently best-known for their troubles with the Chinese, who, since Mao Zedong, have wanted to occupy them, the Tibetans are still struggling to assert their independent right to a sustainable culture without the influence of Chinese politics. … Continue reading

Nauru: Paradise Ruined

Nauru, the world’s smallest independent nation, has long been a great source of interest for me. Every time I mention the name to friends, they consistently ask “Nauru? Where’s that?” Nauru is in the South Pacific, about two hours away from anything at all. It has been previously colonised by Germany and Australia, once it … Continue reading