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Calle Santa Fe: Remembering Those Who Fought

Calle Santa Fe 2007 / 35 mm / Colour / 163 min, Dir. Carmen Castillo, Chile – France. On October 5th 1974 the Chilean military and political police (DINA) raided a safehouse in a working class neighbourhood in Santiago. Miguel Enriquez, a leader of the underground resistance to Pinochet and …

Kunsten Å Tenke Negativt (The Art of Thinking Negatively)

Kunsten Å Tenke Negativt, (The Art of Thinking Negatively) 2006 / 35 mm / Colour / 79 min, Dir. Bård Breien, Norway.Definitely one of the few great movies i saw at the World Film Festival in Montreal this year. The setting is a “positive thinking” self-help group for people struggling …

Juju Factory

Juju Factory, 2007 / 35 mm / Colour / 97 min, Dir. Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda, Democratic Republic of the Congo – France – Belgium. Warning: There are spoilers in this movie review! A humourous and super-clever social commentary on… exile and migration? Belgian colonialism? racism in Europe? the psychology of the …

Someone Else’s War (not a review!)

A quick recommendation: check out Lee Wang’s film Someone Else’s War. i was lucky enough to be at the world premiere of this film at the San Francisco International Asian-American Film Festival a few days ago, and think it is a film that should be checked out by everyone in …

Legacy of Torture: the War Against the Black Liberation Movement

This excellent article by Wanda Sabir gives the background to last week’s arrest of nine former Black Panther Party members and supporters is from the San Francisco Bay View, whose site seems to be down at the moment, so i am mirroring it here. i should point out that i …

[Montreal] Sunday: Two Movies i STRONGLY Recommend!

Today i saw Songbirds (about women in prison, singing) and Cottonland (about Oxycontin, or “hillbilly heroine” in Cape Breton Island), two excellent movies at the documentary film festival, the RIDM. i want to write about both these movies, but don’t have time now. So instead, on the off chance that …

Let Them Eat Brains – Thoughts on Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette

I watched the fairly empty and completely uninformative movie Marie-Antoinette the other day – really a film which is only of interest as a clever commentary on cluelessness.Many of us, after all, know who Marie-Antoinette was, have some idea of how the majority of people living in France suffered great …