By Rose Katché  En 1959, sur une route désolée en Patagonie, un médecin allemand rencontre une famille argentine ordinaire qui s’apprête à ouvrir une chambre d’hôtes au bord du lac Nahuel Huapi. Dans son troisième film (après XXY et El nino Pez), Lucia Puenzo aborde un moment sombre et peu connu de l’Histoire de l’Argentine, celle  more »

Dull no More, A Film Review of Urbanized

By Nicolas Mogollon Urban planning is an afterthought for many people living in cities. Whether we have lived in a city for a long time or recently moved in, we rarely consider that there is a structure to the city from the spaces between buildings to the length of the sidewalks. We have failed to  more »

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A Micro-Film Review: The Act of Killing

By Ghersom Faget In this 2012 Joshua Oppenheimer production, self glorification reigns, until eventually the presumed king gets uncrowned by his own game. We are taken through the reminiscence of death squad killings performed and led by notorious Anwar Congo. Oppenheimer is invited to film the re-enactment of the 1965 mass murders conducted by Anwar. We  more »

The Milk of Sorrow (2009): Experience and Cultural Appropriation

By Sarah Ellis Claudia Llosa’s The Milk of Sorrow (2009) follows the story of Fausta (Magaly Solier), a young woman afflicted with a condition called la teta asustada -or “the frightened breast”, which is said to be passed down to the children of women who were abused during Peru’s terrorist regime through breastfeeding. Fausta lives  more »

Post Tenebras Lux : Carlos Reygadas

By Berthe Margot Post Tenebras Lux relate l’histoire de Juan, un architecte mexicain, fraichement installé avec sa femme, ses deux jeunes enfants, et ses chiens à la campagne. Si à première vue l’histoire peut paraître assez simple, il suffit de regarder les deux premières séquences du film pour en comprendre sa complexité. La scène d’ouverture  more »

The Act of Killing Review

  By Bruno Palacios The Act of Killing (2012), directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, is a documentary that most likely will shock anyone who sees it. Dealing mainly with the ex-assassin Anwar Congo, the film portrays the controversial past of Indonesia regarding condoned assassinations of marginalized people (communists and Chinese people among others) during a previous dictatorship.  more »

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A Review: Post Tenebras Lux

By Tim Parr Carlos Reygadas’ polarizing 2012 Mexican film, Post Tenebras Lux (Light after Darkness) sits on the border between pretentious art house cinema and semi-autobiographical story telling. The film also owes a debt to Latin America’s long literary tradition of magical realism, which is articulated (much to the dismay of Alex Zabé, the film’s  more »

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Señorita Extraviada – Film Review

By Anna Spieser Lourdes Portillo’s 2001 documentary, Señorita Extraviada (Missing Young Woman), investigates the epidemic of disappeared young women in Ciudad Juárez, a Mexican town whose location on the US border makes it a strategic economic centre. As such, the town is a hub for narcotraffickers and American companies alike and has turned into a  more »

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Whore’s Glory: The Many Sides of Prostitution

By Christine Phang Michael Glawogger’s Whore’s Glory (2011) is a raw and disturbing film as it shows the audience the world of prostitution in its crude reality. Documenting sex workers and their methods of business in Thailand, Bangladesh, and Mexico, Glawogger explores the differences in poverty and demographics between each country. The aim is not  more »

Micro Film Review: Whores’ Glory

By William Stafford-Coyte Whores’ Glory is a 2011 documentary film written and directed by Michael Glawogger. Whores’ Glory is a compelling documentary, but Glawogger does not examine fully the problems of global prostitution because his film is anthropological in nature. The film shows a slice of life and allows the audiences to draw their own  more »

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