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A Film Review: The Milk of Sorrow

By Jacqueline Lebel A fictitious story reflecting the aftermath of the terror that took place in Peru, particularly in the Andean region, between 1980 and 1992, Peruvian director Claudia Llosa brings The Milk of Sorrow, a co-production between Spain and Peru,to the big screen. Released in 2009, this beautifully composed film has garnered worldwide attention  more »

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“Señorita Extraviada”: a Micro film review

By David A. Lepage Señorita Extraviada (Missing Young Women) (2001) is a documentary directed by Lourdes Portillo that brings to light the hazards women face when finding work in the maquiladoras of Ciudad Juarez in Mexico. Since the North American free trade agreement, hundreds of multinational corporations have set up shop along the border in  more »

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The Milk of Sorrow (2009) – Film Review

By Dominique Léger  Claudia Llosa’s film The Milk of Sorrow (2009) tells the story of Fausta (Magaly Solier), a young woman carrying a rare disease passed down from the breast milk of mothers who were raped by soldiers while pregnant. After the death of her mother, Fausta begins working for a wealthy pianist in Lima in  more »

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The Night of Truth: Review

By Liubou Autushka In one of her interviews Fanta Régina Nacro says that making The Night of Truth she was concerned to address human atrocity, those horrible cruelties that happen all over the world at all times. Such generalization is really happening in The Night of Truth – at the beginning the film is perceived  more »

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Join the Conversation: Animals Use in Science needs Further Investigation

By Leah Moniz Animal rights have been hugely debated for decades, but very little is ever exposed to the general public about lab animals. We might understand that rescuing an animal from the Humane Society is better than buying one from a breeder, or that buying cosmetics which have not been tested on animals makes  more »

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“For the subjects, documentaries don’t end with the credits: Indonesia, Anwar Congo and The Act of Killing”

By Kristi Kouchakji A lot has been said about whether Anwar Congo’s seemingly remorseful physical reaction at the end of The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2013) is genuine, or staged for the camera. Miia Piironen has, on this very blog, gone so far as to claim that not only is Anwar not remorseful in  more »

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This Is Not a Film: A Non-Film Review

By Eva Lajoie Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi gives viewers a look at a day in his personal life under house arrest in his new demonstration; This Is Not A Film (2011). Communicative of his experience with isolation and political repression, Panahi tries to maintain his creativity and self-expression while facing a prison sentence of six-years  more »

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Workingman’s Death Film Review

By Sebastian Peris Based on a simple description of the film alone, it is easy to assume there are those who would find little interest in Austrian filmmaker Michael Glawogger’s documentary Workingman’s Death. A film that takes an observational approach to exploring the conditions of some of the least desirable jobs in the world, without  more »

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Eufrosina’s Revolution – Film Review

By Lucie Gosnet Through her documentary Eufrosina’s revolution, Luciana Kaplan gives us a portrait of a charismatic indigenous woman and her struggle to acquire and use political power in order to help Mexican indigenous communities. In 2007, Eufrosina Cruz Mendoza ran for Mayor of Santa Maria Quiegolani, a Zapotec district of Oaxaca in Mexico. After  more »

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Parada (2011): A Film Review

By Felicia Fiorino Created by Srdjan Dragojevic and released in 2011, Parada is a Serbian film also known as The Parade, a comedic drama about two homosexual men, Radmilo and his boyfriend Mirko and a straight couple, Limun and his fiancée Biserka. The two couples meet each other by coincidence and later come together in  more »

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