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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

Citizenfour at DOK Leipzig 2014

In October I was lucky enough to get a ticket for the opening night screening at DOK Leipzig film festival. The film was the much-anticipated Citizenfour, the third part of Laura Poitras’ 9/11 trilogy and the film’s first screening in Germany. We were lucky enough to watch the film with a video introduction from Edward … Continue reading

Tropical Amsterdam

Tropical Amsterdam is a story about many things. Using the platform of the few remaining Dutch in Sri Lanka, a hangover from colonial times, Alexa Schulz tells a poignant tale of a community on the verge of extinction. Most of the “Burghers” were children during colonial times, and now, as adults, appear to struggle somewhat … Continue reading