There is a particularly treasured moment towards the end of the film where one of the men speaks in Purépecha, Michoacán’s beautiful native language.
She was one of a handful of women of colour working in an industry full of white middle-class men. So she felt that it was up to her to carve out her own identity.
Los Nombres de Las Flores (2019) Director: Bahman Tavoosi (79 minutes) Genre: Fiction Language: Spanish Greenground Productions Amid the majestic terrain of Bolivia, a poetically sublime film unfolds. The Names of the Flowers / Los Nombres de […]
“We were all family: witches, tricksters, what the ancients call cycles, balances and harmony.”
The South Asian Film Festival of Montréal (SAFFM) was launched in 2011. Since then it has established a reputation for showcasing quality documentary and feature films from India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, as well as films about the […]
The 29th edition of the Montréal First Peoples Festival (Présence autochtone) unfolded from August 6 to August 14. On this occasion, it celebrated diversity and creativity through a combination of visual arts, film, music, song, poetry and gastronomy. It […]
This was my third time at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). It was also Piers Handling’s final year as the TIFF director, with Joana Vicente now as its new director – a sign of the times reflected […]
In response to a three-page critique of the film by Boots Riley, the first point I want to make is that labelling, categorizing, denouncing, and tearing apart a filmmaker’s entire IMDb may be cool posturing, but it is […]
[Note: The film was featured in the diaspora panel at the South Asian Film Festival of Montreal (October 2017) and generated a dynamic discussion, with the director in attendance.] “Egalitarianism isn’t always a by-product of education and […]
Muslim and Hindu villagers alike worship Jholmolia as their mother and believe her waters bring light into their lives.
Film Review of Mathieu Roy’s The Dispossessed (Les dépossédés) The camera shows a woman in a field. The ground around her is rough, with a bit of greenery in the distance. She goes down into a ditch, comes […]
Who is (are?) the actual culprit(s?) in both books and in the film? Please do not consider my initial question as a provocation, but as something to be taken literally, although ironically so.
...they were born in a country where female foeticide – and even infanticide – is endemic.
Article 4 is an article of the Constitution of the post-WW II Italian Republic that deals with the right of every citizen (regardless of race, sex, gender or any other bias) to obtain a reasonably paid, decent job.
On the Side of the Road premiered on November 28, 2013 during an International Film Festival on “Nakba and Return.” It was the opening film at the fest, held in Tel Aviv — a radical break from the past.
An aging movie theatre owner in a small town near Kolkata, India, is forced to send his dreams up in smoke as new technology and morality takes over (Cinemawala, Bengali feature film, 2016), while a group of talented musicians in […]
Cinema South Asia: the human condition in all its complexity
Montreal is an island in the St. Lawrence River so wherever you turn, you can see water, provided you poise yourself on rooftops, stand on top of Mount Royal or cycle your way close enough to the shore. But that […]
Dheepan is a Tamil-language film directed by French director Jacques Audiard, featuring Jesuthasan Anthonythasan as Dheepan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan as his wife Yalini, and Claudine Vinasithamby as their daughter Illayaal. However, things are not what they seem. Dheepan is in fact […]
Hu has a lithe and beautiful body which he struts throughout the film in a fluid graceful calligraphy
Editorial note: This is a slightly modified and edited version of an essay that appeared in the author’s personal blog. Directed by Todd Haynes in a Cincinnati, Ohio made over to look like New York and its suburbs […]
The low-budget aesthetic lends itself best to local, intimate settings. Bedrooms, backseats of cars, unfinished basements are the places where people, most often young people, get to know each other and themselves. Science fiction and the ultra-low budget indie are […]
Persepolis is an Oscar-nominated film that premiered last year and which I regret not having seen on the big screen. Based on a graphic autobiographical novel by Marjane Satrapi, the author and her studio mate Vincent Paronnaud created a highly […]