Keyword : Political Cinema
hen Anna Walentynowicz died in the well-publicized plane crash that took the lives of the president of Poland and other dignitaries on April 10, 2010, few people outside of Poland would have recognized her name.
A report on the unique Boston Palestine Film Festival, which exists as a festival with more than just an artistic agenda, but a "a geopolitical agenda."
A comparative review of the representation of non-violent political activism in two recent Irish films, Bloody Sunday and Omagh.
An analysis of The Time that Remains, a film which, to quote its author Garrett, "...is probably as conscious and as transcendent as any film with a political subject can be."
An analysis of an often overlooked part of mise en scene, the use of props, in Spike Lee's timeless classic, Do the Right Thing.
A review of Five Minutes of Heaven that goes well beyond plot to discuss the cultural, moral and philosophical ramifications of a terrorist killing in Northern Ireland.
Reviews of many contemporary American films with a focus on character analysis.
Report on the 2010 Sundance festival by Virginia Wexman.
An analysis of Third Cinema theory that extends the classic tenets of 1960s-1970s political cinema to incorporate the European Diaspora.
Interview with Iranian director of the dance film Forbidden Sun Dance, Lila Ghobady, and its subject, dance choreographer Aram Bayat.
A festival report on the 27th International Istanbul Film Festival. Films reviewed include Ara, Ex Drummer, and A Jihad for Love.
Author Becky Korman compares and contrasts the strengths and weaknesses of a Nigerian (Ezra) and American (Blood Diamond) film based on a similar subject: the consequences of civil war on the people of Sierra Leone as a result of conflict surrounding the diamond trade.
An interview with the director of Bamako, Abderrahmane Sissako.
Authour Jason Lindop offers a close analysis of director Sissako's symbolic treatment of the social and economic effects of globalization and Western intervention in Africa.
Ryan Spence’s essay concentrates on Sissako’s formal interplay between varying forms of interogative discourse (trial process, question/answer, song) and narration, and how the differing power structures of communication in Africa and the West need to be addressed before the true collective voice of Africa can be heard and, in turn, true economic and social progress.
An analysis of the film Thunderbolt, a representative of the hundreds of recent video works to be coming out of Nigeria in recent years (sometimes called Nollywood). Author Murphy places the film within the (hopefully) burgeoning desires and ambitions of this burgeoning commercial industry.
A close textual analysis of Elie Suleiman’s Chronicle of a Disappearance which demonstrates how the director's understanding of form informs the complex political landscape of the everyday Palestinian experience.
Author Guan-Soon wrestles through the virutes and ambiguities of Zhang Yimou’s Hero, a film which, according to Guan-Soon, negotiates between a Hollywood style blockbuster and a culturally savvy Chinese martial arts epic.
An historical contextualisation of Santiago Álvarez' bold political/experimental short films.
Review essay of the book Dreams of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema which analyzes the varied complexities surrounding a 'national' cinema in search of Nationhood.