• All the President’s men – Alan J. Pakula

    While the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign continues to attract strong interest worldwide, amid wall-to-wall news coverage and poll frenzies, politics-related films are always interesting to watch in the weeks leading up to Election Day. Although there is no proven record of cinema influencing the outcome of an election, there...
  • Poverty, Inc.: The Business of Global Aid

    “The reason there will be no change is because the people who stand to lose from change have all the power. And the people who stand to gain from change have none of the power.” –Machiavelli Poverty, Inc. opens with this Machiavelli quote, a reference to the modern global...
  • Persepolis- Marjane Satrapi

    Marjane Satrapi‘s 2007 animated film ‘Persepolis’ is a moving, perceptive and funny coming-of-age tale about growing up in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. The French-Iranian film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and it was very successful both commercially as well as critically, winning several recognitions from the Cannes...
  • Non essere cattivo – Claudio Caligari

    “Non essere cattivo” (Don’t be bad) is the third and final posthumous feature by Italian cult director Claudio Caligari who died last year from cancer aged 67, just before completion of the editing of the film. A Pasolini-esque look at low life in Ostia in the 90’s, on Rome’s...
  • Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others) – Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

    Das Leben der Anderen (“The Life of Others”) the Oscar-winning 2006 German drama, is a remarkably authentic portrait of life in East Germany during the communist era but most of all it is an insightful study of human nature and compassion under totalitarianisms. Written and directed by the then...
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    No – Pablo Larraìn

    Can a military dictatorship fall to an advertising campaign, a cheerful one at that? The affirmative answer to that question is “No” the 2012 Chilean political drama directed by Pablo Larrain about the twilight of Pinochet’s regime, narrating one of the most seminal moments in the country’s history: In...
  • Pride – Matthew Warchus

    The 2014 British film Pride is inspired by the extraordinary true story of a group of London LGBT activists who during the 1984-5 miners’ strike – the longest in British history – raised funds to assist and support families in a Welsh mining village. Written by Stephen Beresford and...
  • Dheepan – Jacques Audiard

    Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, the latest film from acclaimed French director Jacques Audiard is a gripping and intense drama about refugee life and integration. Dheepan’s Palme d’Or was followed this February by the Golden Bear to Gianfranco Rosi’s “Fire at sea” a...
  • The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer

    “It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets”. Joshua Oppenheimer’s The act of killing opens with this emblematic quote by Voltaire. An unprecedented account of the 1965 anti-communist mass murders in Indonesia seen through the...
  • District 9 – Neill Blomkamp

    What if an alien spaceship landed over Johannesburg, and instead of conquering the planet the stranded visitors ended up victims of a new, inter-planetarian Apartheid? One of the most sensational and original films of 2009, South African science fiction mockumentary DISTRICT 9, avoids all the genre clichés and delivers...
  • Louisiana (The Other Side) -Roberto Minervini

    The latest documentary film by Italian-born, American based, director Roberto Minervini is a disturbing yet poetic look at the hidden underbelly of America’s Deep South, a forgotten reality seldom depicted onscreen that shines a light on the abyss of today’s America. The film was screened in the Un Certain...
  • Suffragette – Sarah Gavron

    To celebrate yesterday’s International Women’s Day, this week we will discuss a recent film which was directed by a woman, written by a woman and with a cast led by women. Suffragette (2015) is the first feature film portraying the struggle of ordinary British women, who, at the turn...
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