Film Review: stories from Arab women during the Spring Revolutions

  ‘Our oath’ short film, 2015, directed by Laura Finney I was intrigued and moved by ‘The trials of Spring’, a documentary film depicting the fight of Arab women during the Spring Revolutions in 2010 (http://www.trialsofspring.com/). The film portrays heart-felt human stories of women from Syria, Yemen, Libya, Bahrain, Tunisia, and Egypt.  Filming took place […]

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The Screening Room: a review of the Lebanese film Ghadi

Music overcoming disability –  Ghadi, Lebanon, 2013, directed by Amin Dora Reviewed by Dr Reem Gaafar, a Sudanese doctor, writer, filmmaker and graphic designer   A special screening will take place at the Polish Cultural Centre, 238 King Street, Hammersmith, London W6 0RF, Sapphire Room, 2nd Floor, at 8pm Friday 3rd June 2016. To book […]

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The Screening Room: Cannes Film Festival Preview

  Cannes, films and Medicine The forthcoming Cannes Film Festival (11-22nd May 2016) is described by its director Thierry Fremaux as ‘A celebration of cinematographic art’ http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en.html. If you are lucky enough to be attending the glittering, entertaining and thought-provoking extravaganza, here are five films in the official selection exploring the lives of patients and […]

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Khalid Ali: ‘Let’s talk about death: a review of ‘Last cab to Darwin’, Australia 2015’

Let’s talk about death: a review of ‘Last cab to Darwin’, Australia 2015 5*, Directed by Jeremy Sims based on stage play by Reg Cribb Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) December 2015, possible release in UK cinemas 2016/17 The controversial subject of ‘euthanasia and assisted suicide’ has been a rich source for films; ‘Whose life […]

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Franco Ferrarini: The Past: a Friend or Foe? Different Perspectives from ‘Spectre’ and ‘45 years’.

The Past: a Friend or Foe? Different Perspectives from ‘Spectre’ and ‘45 years’. Spectre- directed by Sam Mendes, UK, 2015 45 years- directed by Andrew Haigh, UK, 2015 By Franco Ferrarini, Gastroenterologist and film reviewer In the words of the French philosopher Henri Bergson: ‘The pure present is an ungraspable advance of the past devouring […]

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Khalid Ali: London Human Rights Watch Film Festival 9-18 March 2016

London Human Rights Watch Film Festival https://ff.hrw.org/london, 9-18 March 2016 Various venues across London Over a period of 10 days, London will host the ‘Human Rights Watch Film Festival’ showing 20 feature and documentary films. The opening night will screen ‘Hooligan sparrow’, a documentary in Southern China following a group of activists campaigning to unravel […]

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Cinema of splendour: Reporting from Dubai international Film Festival (DIFF) 2015

Cinema of splendour: Reporting from Dubai international Film Festival (DIFF) 2015 Dr Khalid Ali, Screening Room Editor When I visited Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF https://www.dubaifilmfest.com/) for the first time in December 2015, I was not expecting to find so many films exploring health and well-being from all over the world. The variety of films […]

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