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Germany Year Zero (1948)

Germany Year Zero (1948)

This movie is all about desperation. It focuses on a family eking out an existence in post World War II Berlin. The main character, Edmund, is 13 years old and does what he can to help the family get by. It appears the film was shot entirely on location in rubble-strewn Berlin where people wait […]

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China's Mega Dam (2006)

The Three Gorges Dam, the largest public works project in human history, is located on China’s Yangtze River. This enormous endeavor has displaced more than 1.3 million people, swallowed about 1,500 municipalities, and has created a reservoir more than 373 miles long. The project is seen as an important future source of energy for China’s […]

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The Hurt Locker (2009)

The Hurt Locker (2009)

This film is intense. It follows three members of the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad in Baghdad in 2004. When Staff Sergeant William James (played by Jeremy Renner) takes over the unit, he freaks out his fellow squad members by having an apparent total disregard for safety and protocol. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/2GxSDZc8etg” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” […]

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Iran's Cinema: A Glimpse into a Fascinating Country

Iran's Cinema: A Glimpse into a Fascinating Country

“Iranian filmmakers- despite heavy restrictions – have over the years provided an intriguing and provocative look at Iran’s dynamic social, religious, and political culture.” That from fellow FPA blogger Sahar Zubairy who takes a look at two new films that define the new Iranian cinema. “Kick in Iran” is a documentary about Sara Khoshjamal-Fekri, the […]

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Without the King (2008)

Without the King (2008)

Swaziland is Africa’s last absolute monarchy. It has the world’s highest HIV infection rate and its citizens have a life expectancy of 31 years. King Mswati III, who was installed in 1986, appears to be out of touch with his people who live lives of devastating poverty. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/o37iJhBo7VU” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /]  This documentary […]

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War Dance (2007)

War Dance (2007)

The children depicted in this movie are remarkable. They are internally displaced refugees in northern Uganda who have made their way to a national music festival in Kampala. As directors Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine follow the students of the Patongo Primary School, they spend time letting the audience get to know them. [kml_flashembed […]

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Children of Heaven (1997)

Children of Heaven (1997)

This movie will make the viewer grateful for even the worst pair of shoes. This Iranian film is a drama set in a poor neighborhood. Ali (Amir Farrokh Hashemian) and his sister Zhara (Bahare Seddiqi) concoct a scheme whereby she will wear a pair of sneakers in the morning and give them to her brother […]

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Turtles Can Fly (2005)

Turtles Can Fly (2005)

Because Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi uses non-actor children in this movie, the viewer is given a sense of watching a documentary. The film takes place in Iraqi Kurdistan near the border with Turkey. It is set right before the American invasion in 2003. One of the main characters is called Satellite because he sets up […]

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Best Film of 2009

Best Film of 2009

Of the seven new films reviewed in this space in the past year, the best by far is “Sin Nombre”. It is a harrowing tale of desperation and consequences. The movie follows the lives of a Honduran woman named Sayra who rides on top of trains hoping to reach Texas through Mexico and Casper (a.k.a. […]

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Invictus (2009)

Invictus (2009)

This film is solid. Not amazing, not incredible, but solid. It is about newly elected South African President Nelson Mandela and his relationship with the country’s rugby team captain. Mandela (played by Morgan Freeman) understands that post-apartheid South Africa needs to rally – black and white – behind a common cause. And that cause is […]

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District 9 (2009)

District 9 (2009)

At first glance, this is a classic science fiction film. However, it is much more. “District 9” is a study in xenophobia and intolerance. Stranded on Earth, aliens are confined to a ghetto in modern South Africa. The suspicion of and hostility toward the aliens is reminiscent of the attitudes held by many whites about […]

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Weapons of Mass Deception (2004)

Weapons of Mass Deception (2004)

Danny Schechter does his best to dissect the mainstream media’s treatment of the approach to war with Iraq in 2003. By poring over hundreds of broadcasts, it is Schechter’s conclusion that the mainstream media merely regurgitates what the government feeds them. However, that is not the case worldwide. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/kVrobidTnoo” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Take […]

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God Grew Tired of Us (2007)

God Grew Tired of Us (2007)

This documentary focuses on three young men – Daniel, John, and Panther – who escaped civil war in their native Sudan. In the late 1980s, as many as 27,000 young men – known as “The Lost Boys” – trekked across the desert into Ethiopia. When that government failed they were forced to walk again, this […]

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Terror in Mumbai (2009)

Terror in Mumbai (2009)

In late November 2008, 10 armed Pakistani men – little more than boys – went on a killing spree in the Indian city of Mumbai. Members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, or “Army of the Righteous,” the youths carried out the attacks in order to spur the “liberation” of Muslims living under Indian rule in Kashmir. Fareed Zakaria, […]

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DIRT! The Movie (2009)

DIRT! The Movie (2009)

Here is a post from climate change blogger Bill Hewitt: “I wrote about The Earth here a while back.  It was really about soil and focused on a fantastic article in National Geographic Magazine.  I’ve become more and more interested in ‘cool farming,’ teach this stuff in my climate change classes, and have even had […]

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