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Filmmaker Interview: Michael Caton-Jones (Urban Hymn)

Filmmaker Interview: Michael Caton-Jones (Urban Hymn)

Set against the backdrop of the 2011 England Riots, “Urban Hymn” follows a neglected and volatile female offender, who possesses an amazing singing voice. Torn between her loyalties toward her inspiring, unconventional care worker and her possessive and volatile best friend, the film is a redemptive coming-of-age story with an all-star cast. Now, with the

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2017 Hot Docs Filmmaker Profile: Kate Brooks (The Last Animals)

Conflict photographer Kate Brooks turns her lens from the war zones to the killing of African Elephants and Rhinos in ‘The Last Animals’ this sweeping and sobering expose of an underreported crisis. Brooks outlines the myriad factors contributing to the current epidemic of highly effective poaching and trafficking syndicates, drawing startling connections between the illegal

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Tribeca Film Festival 2017 Interview: Bryan Buckley (Director/Writer) and Barkhad Abdi ( Actor) – Dabka

‘Dabka” tells the story of Canadian wanna-be journalist Jay (Evan Peters), who after an encounter with his journalist idol (Al Pacino) goes to Somalia to try to capture a unique story of the unraveled Pirates situation in the country’s coast. When naive young journalist arrives in the country, in 2008 the cargo vessel MV Faina

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2017 Hot Docs Filmmaker Profile: Vaishali Sinha (Ask The Sexpert)

A longtime sex advice columnist gains popularity while a ban on comprehensive sex-education in in one-third of Indian states schools holds. Highly taboo, the topic remains controversial, making the practice of 90-year-old Dr. Mahinder Watsa all the more impressive. To millions of Mumbai newspaper readers, his column acts as institution and lifeline. ‘Ask The Sexpert’

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2017 Tribeca Film Festival Interview: Amit V Masurkar (Newton)

“Newton” delivers a dark comedy about the vulnerable nature of Democracy and it’s execution. India, the world’s largest democracy, is preparing for an election. With more than 800 million voters, this is a logistical puzzle of epic proportions. Newton is an idealistic young office clerk volunteering to be a poll worker. He’s keen to put

Violent-Young-Men Movies: “The Dinner,” “Sweet Virginia,” “Super Dark Times,” and “The Gray State”

The fresh batch of films coming out of Tribeca2017 seems to have a violent teenage psychopaths every time you turn around. What turns our young men into crazy killers? At the same time as a slew of documentaries and true-life tales are depicting the courage and moral fortitude of actual young men around the world, responding to terrorism and war with bravery – going to extraordinary lengths to save lives, we get a bunch of “thriller” films that depict American young men as narcissistic psychopaths who revel in bloody violence. On one hand there is City of Ghosts, Dabka, and When God Sleeps, for starters – peace-seeking films, and on the other is The Dinner, Super Dark Times, Sweet Virginia, and even The Gray State. Is there a cultural connection?

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