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Meet the New Wave of Tunisian Filmmakers Defying Censorship and Winning Awards

The November 2015 Carthage Film Festival in Tunisia showed there is a demand for more challenging and thought-provoking films, despite strong voices of disapproval in the region."Tunisia is as conservative as Morocco but the difference is that there different points of view can co-exist and debate is tolerated," says Nabil ... Full story

Tribeca Film Festival Unveils Second Half of the Feature Slate

Today the Tribeca Film Festival announced the second half of the feature slate for 2016. Among the most interesting sections announced, were feature films in the Spotlight, Midnight, and Special Screening sections; as well as the Centerpiece film.The Centerpiece film ... Full story

Feature Film in South Africa Ready for the World Stage

Poor funding, falling numbers in theatres and improving technologies are some of the reasons affecting the film industry in Africa; this is according to Francis Hweshe, producer of an upcoming feature film, Lost Tongue, set to premier at the Socially ... Full story

César Nominated Film ‘Neither Heaven Nor Earth’ Picked-Up by Film Movement

After being nominated for a César in the Best First Film category, the New York based distributor Film Movement has acquired the North American rights to ‘Neither Heaven Nor Earth,’ also known as ‘The Wakhan Front.’ The France-Belgium production, headed ... Full story

SALAM NEIGHBOR

Darkness clouds the path. Babies and young children are passed from person to person over treacherous terrain. Specs of light on distant horizons leave the hundreds of scurrying feet with only minor bearings as they flee their warring homeland. We ... Full story

Embrace of the Serpent

How do we as a people relate to the world around us? In what ways have we ignored or listened to the delicate balance of nature? Embrace of the Serpent takes it’s viewers on a tour de force journey through ... Full story

BORDER CROSSINGS, by JAMES ULMER, JURY DUTY ON THE TURKISH RIVIERA

ANTALYA, Turkey -- You wouldn’t think a film festival situated only 500 miles from war-torn Syria – and that opens only six weeks after a major terrorist attack in its country – would have the gumption to invite a bunch ... Full story

Remembering Vilmos Zsigmond, 1930-2016, by James Ulmer

Back in 2007, I attended the first Madrid International Film Festival as part of a Hollywood contingent that included the great Hungarian émigré cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, and his wife, writer and director Susan Roether Zsigmond.  Among the many fond memories ... Full story

Boudewijn Koole's "Kauwboy", the Netherland's Official Oscar submission

Boudewijn Koole's "Kauwboy", the Netherland's Official Oscar submission, is, in it's gentle way, one of the most memorable of the 2012 submissions. The small-scale film is perfect in tone."Kauwboy" won the European Film Awards Discovery Fipresci Award and two prizes ... Full story

"Fair Play" the Czech Republic’s Foreign Oscar submission

Andrea Sedláčková’s "Fair Play" the Czech Republic’s Foreign Oscar submission, uses sports competition as a lens to examine Soviet era repression in its satellite states.There isn't a lot of morale ambiguity in this tale of totalitarianism's incursion into private lives, ... Full story

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