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Inciting An Online Hate Campaign Does Not Make You ‘Relevant’

Inciting An Online Hate Campaign Does Not Make You ‘Relevant’

A grimacing emoji face to Leslie Jones, one of the stars of the new Ghostbusters, who is probably spending this weekend recalling a happier era when Hollywood stars were protected behind electric gates and their only view of the great unwashed was through the tinted windows of their Cadillac Escalade. This week, Jones encountered what […]

Zoe Saldana Producing Film On Canada’s Missing Indigenous Women

Zoe Saldana Producing Film On Canada’s Missing Indigenous Women

A new documentary by a team of Los Angeles-based filmmakers – including Avatar star Zoe Saldana – is hoping to shed light on the disappearance and murders of as many as 4,000 indigenous women across Canada. “If this exact same story were being told in a country in Africa, I think we would be paying […]

Border Zones: ‘Berlin In The 1980s Was Like An Advert For Hedonism’

Border Zones: ‘Berlin In The 1980s Was Like An Advert For Hedonism’

It is 1984 and I’m being driven around East Berlin in a Jaguar XJ6, the only one in town. We are making Chinese Boxes, a cheap thriller with an incomprehensible plot about teenage drug deaths, Berlin gangsters and US intelligence. The film’s budget is about three quid and, to save money, it is being scored […]

Abbas Kiarostami, Palme d’Or-winning Iranian Film-Maker, Dies Aged 76

Abbas Kiarostami, Palme d’Or-winning Iranian Film-Maker, Dies Aged 76

Abbas Kiarostami, the multi-award-winning Iranian director whose 1997 film Taste of Cherry was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival, has died aged 76. “Abbas Kiarostami, who had travelled to France for treatment, has died,” reported the semi-official Isna news agency on Monday. Iran’s house of cinema confirmed the report, Isna said. Kiarostami […]

The Brexit Could Be Bad News for ‘Game of Thrones’

The Brexit Could Be Bad News for ‘Game of Thrones’

Millions of people are set to tune in Sunday to watch the season six finale of Game of Thrones, HBO’s sprawling fantasy epic about warring kingdoms in the fictional land of Westeros. On Thursday, voters in a real-life kingdom will decide whether to break with the European Union — a move that could spell bad […]

‘Spirit of Rebellion’ Wins Best Diaspora Documentary Award

‘Spirit of Rebellion’ Wins Best Diaspora Documentary Award

Spirits of Rebellion scooped theBest Diaspora Documentary award at African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) held in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Directed by independent filmmaker Zeinabu irene Davis, and co-produced by Andy Rice, Spirits of Rebellion, is a feature documentary based around a group of filmmakers who attended the University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) film school between the uprisings in […]

The Mysterious Kidnapping Of Bi Kidude, The World’s Oldest Pop Star

The Mysterious Kidnapping Of Bi Kidude, The World’s Oldest Pop Star

Aged 102, Bi Kidude, the gravel-voiced singer known her raucous sense of humour and her love of cigarettes, suddenly vanished from her home. Amid an explosion of intrigue and speculation, friends and fans on the island of Zanzibar, where she had lived all her life, scrabbled to find out what had happened to this doyenne […]

Why The Sexist Get Ghostbusters Wrong

Why The Sexist Get Ghostbusters Wrong

At the start of Ghostbusters, before we meet its three main characters, we see an office door with their names stencilled neatly on it, alongside four words of red, spray-painted graffiti: “VENKMAN BURN IN HELL!” It’s not the most pleasant fate to wish on anyone, but it’s nothing compared to the abuse that’s been heaped […]

Chad’s ‘Torture Factories’ Under Spotlight at Cannes Film Festival

Chad’s ‘Torture Factories’ Under Spotlight at Cannes Film Festival

There is a heart-stopping moment in a new documentary about the survivors of Chadian dictator Hissène Habré’s torture chambers, when one of the torturers kneels down in front of his victim and begs for forgiveness. “I had to follow orders,” mumbles the man, now living on the streets as an outcast. “Then why did you […]

Uganda: Queen of Katwe Trailer Sets Tone for the Movie

Uganda: Queen of Katwe Trailer Sets Tone for the Movie

Last week, academy award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o took to her Instagram and broke the news of the release of Queen of Katwe and announced the release of the trailer that was due in 24 hours. The post was punctuated with the official poster of the film. The next day, though, Ugandans more than anyone […]

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