World Cinema

Dialogue Of Cultures Festival

The first edition of the Dialogue of Cultures International Film Festival, the world’s first film festival dedicated to the impact of globalization, unfurls in New York City this week at the Quad Cinema and SVA Theater in Manhattan. The event, … Continue reading

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A Turkish Procedural

It is hard not to notice America’s current obsession with the “crime procedural”, television programs such as NCIS, CSI and other modifications of the form. In these crime dramas, the emphasis is on the work of the pathologists and investigators, … Continue reading

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Classic Japanese Cinema

While newly released films bound for Oscar glory are grabbing many of the headlines at this week’s New York Film Festival, a treasure of classic and sometimes obscure Japanese cinema is being presented that has its own bounty. VELVET BULLETS … Continue reading

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Spotlight On Abu Dhabi

The recent phenomenon of film festivals emerging from the heart of the Middle East is one to celebrate. Not only do they provide a window into the culture of the region but they also encourage an outward glance and an … Continue reading

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Celebrating World Cinema In Montreal

In a world of film festivals that is always trying out the new fangled and the as yet untried, it is nice to know that there are still some traditional events that put films and filmmakers front and center. Such … Continue reading

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New York: The Hebron Dilemma at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival

THIS IS MY LAND…HEBRON is among the most important films featured at the June 2011 New York Human Rights Watch Film Festival. It is an outstanding Italian-Israeli documentary coproduced by Giulia Amati and Stephen Natanson which has received many rewards … Continue reading

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Jewish Film Distribution in the US and New York Israel Film Festival May 5-19

There is no country other than the United States which has as elaborate and extensive a screening support structure for Jewish and Israeli films. Several years ago I noted in an article about the New York Jewish film festival that … Continue reading

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Pnomh Phen: Cambodian Film Making Challenges

Over a period of fifteen years through 1975, known as the golden age of the Khmer cinema, Cambodia produced almost 400 films.  Under the four year terror regime of the Khmer Rouge the Cambodian film industry and most of its … Continue reading

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An India Beyond The Slumdog Millionaires

While there is no question that the Danny Boyle film SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE did much to rivet attention in the West on the cinema of India and southern Asia, the various film industries in the second largest country on earth has … Continue reading

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The Art Of The Art Film

The 29th International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) has just finished. It’s a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion and presentation of the finest productions on art and media art. An eleven-day competitive festival, it is the most important … Continue reading

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