It’s a women’s film world

By Khalid Ali, film and media correspondent In its 40th edition, the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), 20-29 November 2018 (https://www.ciff.org.eg/), pays special tribute to nine outstanding Arab women directors. A distinguishing feature shared by these directors is that they tell stories which are deeply rooted in their respective cultures, but still manage to connect […]

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Neglected No More: An Authentic Portrayal of People Affected by Leprosy

  Yomeddine (Abu Bakr Shawky, Egypt 2018), showing at the London Film Festival 18, 20, and 21 October, 2018. Review by Dr Khalid Ali, Film and Media Correspondent. In spite of its worldwide impact, leprosy remains on the World Health Organization (WHO) list of Neglected Tropical Diseases. In 2016, there were 216,108 new cases registered […]

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Troubled Minds in Troubled Times: The London Film Festival

The London Film Festival (10-21 October 2018) explores children and adolescents’ mental health  Review by Dr Khalid Ali, Film and Media Correspondent.   The 62nd British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival (LFF) returns in October with a selection of thought-provoking films from 75 countries. It is indeed a ‘globally diverse event’ as highlighted by its […]

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PTSD and Fatalité Intérieure: Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’

Cold War (Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland 2018). Reviewed by Prof. Robert Abrams, Weill Cornell College, New York. Cold War is a film set mostly in Poland in the Communist era from 1949 to the 1960s.  The majority of scenes are shot under a grim, steel-grey sky, befitting the spirit-crushing oppression that prevailed in that time and place. But the […]

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At a Closer Look Nobody is Normal

Like Crazy, (Paolo Virzi, Italy, 2016) Reviewed by Franco Ferrarini, Gastroenterologist and Film Reviewer Beatrice (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) and Donatella (Micaela Ramazzotti) live in a Mental Care Health Home. The former is an upper class mythomaniac, a compulsive liar with fantastical stories, whilst the latter comes from a lower socio-economic class and suffers from severe […]

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