Straight Talk: Call It By Its Name

Film Review by Professor Robert Abrams, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York Review of ‘Tacheles—The Heart of the Matter’, directed by Jana Matthes and Andrea Schramm (Germany, 2020), screened at the London Human Rights Watch Film Festival.   In ‘Tacheles—The Heart of the Matter’, Yaar Harell, the real-life twenty-something grandson of Holocaust survivors, is troubled by […]

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Emerging From The Tunnel of Trauma: A Season of Short Films at the BFI Future Film Festival

Film Review by Khalid Ali, Film and Media Correspondent 17-20 February 2022   The British Film Institute (BFI) Future Film Festival is aimed at aspiring filmmakers aged 16-25 years to showcase and share with a public audience their talent and vision through a hybrid series of events and screenings online and at the BFI Southbank, […]

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Love Heals

Film Review by Khalid Ali, Film and Media Correspondent ‘The Gravedigger’s Wife’ (Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, Somalia, Germany, France and Finland, 2021) Khalid Ali’s choice for the best film of 2021, and Somalia’s submission for the Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards in 2022 An illness does not affect a sick person only; […]

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The Women’s Hour

Film Review by Khalid Ali, Film and Media Correspondent ‘Sixty Minutes’ TV series, directed by Miryam Ahmadi (Egypt, 2021) Available to watch on Shahid MBC. This review comes with a spoiler alert warning A ‘phenomenon’ is defined as ‘’someone or something that is very impressive or popular especially because of an unusual ability or quality’’. […]

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Passively Dying While Still Alive

Interview by Khalid Ali, Film and Media Correspondent ‘You Will Die At Twenty’ (Amjad Abu Alala, Sudan, 2019) winner of Best Debut Film – Venice Film Festival, and Best First Film, Best Screenplay, Fipresci Prize- Carthage Film Festival 2019. In UK cinemas from Friday 12th November, http://www.newwavefilms.co.uk/view-film-detail.html?viewListing=MjE5&cat=1 Based on the Sudanese writer Hammour Ziada’s short […]

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‘And Then There Was Hope’

Film Review by Khalid Ali, Film and Media Correspondent Review of ‘A Bird Flew In’ (Kirsty Bell, UK 2021) screening at Raindance London Film Festival on 5 November at Curzon Soho (https://raindance.org/festival-programme/a-bird-flew-in/), and available UK-wide via Curzon Home Cinema 6 – 8 November in Raindance’s digital programme.   On the 23rd of March 2020, Boris Johnson, […]

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