Their theatre: stories of redemption, hope, and reform

Zeina Daccache, a Lebanese film maker, discusses her strategic reform campaign in Lebanese prisons and lobbying for other disadvantaged populations Interview by Khalid Ali, film, and media correspondent Zeina Daccache has been advocating for marginalized groups in Lebanese prisons since 2006. Her calling followed the realisation that ‘mainstream theatre’ excludes and marginalises further society’s outcasts. […]

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Beyond Remedy

Film Review by Professor Robert Abrams, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York. Review of Skin (2018), directed by Guy Nattiv, USA. “You have to be taught …to hate and fear…before you are six or seven or eight …you have to be carefully taught” Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II for the musical ‘South Pacific’ (1958).[1] These wise, […]

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‘Born to be’ (Tania Cypriano, USA, 2019)

Film Review by Keerthi Gondy, B.S., a fourth-year medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Mi. Born to Be is Tania Cypriano’s remarkably moving documentary about New York’s Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, where for the first time, transgender patients have access to transition-related health and surgical care. […]

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Medfest 2020

Announcement by Kirpal Sadheura, CT2 Psychiatry and MedFest 2020 Lead MedFest is an international medical film festival aiming to investigate and explore themes in medicine through the medium of film. It has been running for over 10 years, as an annual event, screening at Universities in the UK and around the world from April 2020. […]

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Laila Eloui, Iconic Egyptian Actress, Reflects on Womanhood, Film and Social Responsibility

Interview by Dr Khalid Ali, Film and Media Correspondent Laila Eloui has earned her iconic status and popularity in the Egyptian and Arab film industry as one of the most versatile actresses of her generation. Having started as a child performer in radio programs at the age of 7 years, she made a successful transition […]

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Women, Film and Humanity

Interview with Paul Murphy, British film maker, by Khalid Ali, Film and Media Correspondent Paul Murphy is an an Irish-born, London-based award-winning film director. His ability to swap between drama and comedy in telling stories is his way of understanding our collective unconscious, and what makes human beings tick. Paul’s films tend to focus on […]

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Indifference Kills

‘Colectiv’ directed by Alexander Nanau (Romania, Luxemburg 2019) ‘Colectiv’ opens the 24th edition of London Human Rights Watch Film Festival (LHRWFF) on 12 March 2020, https://ff.hrw.org/london Review by Khalid Ali, film and media correspondent ‘Medical Humanities’ online blogs In its 24th edition the London Human Rights Watch Film Festival (LFFHRW) comes back to the UK […]

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“Normality is a Paved Road Comfortable to Walk But No Flowers Grow On It”

—Vincent Van Gogh ‘VOLARE’, Gabriele Salvatores (Italy, 2019) screening at the Italian Film Festival in London, Friday 6th March 2020 Film Review by Franco Ferrarini, gastroenterologist and film reviewer Vincent (Giulio Pranno), a sixteen-year-old boy affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), lives with his mother Elena (Valeria Golino) and her companion Mario (Diego Abatantuono) confined […]

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