Oliver Stone’s new film aims to humanize the infamous NSA leaker and convince viewers he’s a hero, not a traitor BY Jeff Stein Bill Binney found a seat just inside the door of Washington’s Chez Billy Sud, a chic Georgetown pub, as a happy crowd was pouring in after an advance screening of Oliver Stone’s new
By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, Feb 29 – Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are enjoying their first night out at the movies since political tensions led to the torching of cinemas in the enclave 20 years ago. Hollywood blockbusters have yet to return and Hamas Islamists, who now rule Gaza, are looking out for anything they
By Sarah Mills BERLIN, Feb 21 – It’s rare that a Saudi Arabian film is shown at a major film festival, but Mahmoud Sabbagh’s Barakah yoqabil Barakah (Barakah Meets Barakah) has given Berlin a lighthearted look at the challenges of romance in the desert kingdom. Screened in the Forum section of the Berlinale, outside the
Iranian filmmakers excel abroad despite theocratic censorship back home BY Roshanak Taghavi When Ayatollah Khomeini ascended to power in the aftermath of Iran’s 1979 Revolution, he promised people a new paradise on Earth: social and economic prosperity, freedom of expression for everybody, and a strong, independent nation. Amidst an atmosphere of war with Iraq and violent
By Ian Simpson Jan 18 – Director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith said on Monday they will boycott next month’s Academy Awards ceremony because black actors were shut out of nominations, and the Academy acknowledged it needed to do more to promote diversity. The Oscar acting nominees announced on Thursday lacked black performers
Mahira Khan’s big-screen portrayals cross the Indo-Pak divide BY Zahir Janmohamed with additional reporting by Sonal Shah At a Halloween party last October, Pakistani actress, Mahira Khan posed for a photo with Pakistani director Asim Raza. Khan pointed to a sign held by Raza, which read “Mahira Ko Bahar Nikalo” (Mahira, get out).
BY Anna Yazijyan DUBAI (Nov 2) Forbidden love, a relentless struggle for happiness and a desire to live a “normal” life form the crux of Shonali Bose’s award-winning film Margarita With a Straw. Seen by many as controversial, the movie is an emotional and inspiring story about Laila (Kalki Koechin), a girl with cerebral palsy