Tag Archives: Politics

April 28

Hot Docs 2015: Sweet Micky for President

Michel Martelly, known as “Sweet Micky” to his fans, was once considered the Michael Jackson of Haitian music. His catchy songs, charming persona and outrageous stage antics made him one of Haiti’s most beloved artists in the 90s. Though his music often featured politically charged lyrics, the last thing his loyal fans ever expect was […]

April 27

Hot Docs 2015: Radical Grace

In April of 2012, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) issued the findings of a three-year doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Council of Women Religious (LCWR), a support network for American Catholic nuns. The document was heavily critical of the LCWR, and accused the group of being influenced by “certain radical feminist themes […]

April 26

Hot Docs 2015: Western

Documentarians Bill and Turner Ross begin Western by informing us that for generations, the border towns of Eagle Pass (on the Texas side) and Piedras Negras (on the Mexico side) have been joined in friendship, only separated by the Rio Grande. An important dimension of this alliance between two cattle towns is trade. Fifth-generation rancher Martín […]

April 24

Hot Docs 2015: Best of Enemies

In 1968 a rating starved ABC network, looking for a bit of sensationalism, decided to air a series of televised debates between conservative William F. Buckley Jr. and liberal Gore Vidal. It was a desperate attempt to chisel away viewers from stronghold that the likes of NBC and CBS held. Little did the producers know […]

April 01

HRWFF 2015: Burden of Peace

Burden of Peace opens with a grainy televised clip of former dictator Efraín Rios Montt speaking to the Guatemalan people. He is preaching for the need to be ruthless when dealing with communist enemies. The image is followed with a couple of soldiers in Ríos Montt’s army remarking that the concept of “human rights” is […]

February 23

Blind Spot: The Conformist

After Marcello Clerici (Jean-Louis Trintignant) confesses a harrowing tale of childhood sexual abuse, the priest in the booth on the other side of the pew only responds with curiosity and not shock. “Now you must tell me the details” states the priest, as if savoring every salacious detail. It is a strange response to which […]

February 15

TBFF 2015: The Supreme Price

After an extended absence, Hafsat Abiola finally returns to her homeland of Lagos, Nigeria, a place she was forced to flee after the events that occurred following her father’s, M.K.O. Chief Abiola, presidential victory in a free election in 1993. The victory was short lived as her dad, who never took office, was imprisoned after […]

April 24

Hot Docs Review: Vessel

Fresh off of its debut at SXSW Film Festival, where it won both the audience award for documentary and a special jury citation for “political courage”, Vessel is an electrifying look at Dr. Rebecca Gomperts’ activist group Women on Waves. Founded in 1999, Women on Waves is an organization that aims to offer safe abortions […]

April 09

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

As the final post-credit “stingers” concluded, I could not help but reflect on how the stingers were the most conventional thing about Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Instead of giving us the standard formula that we had come to expect from superhero films, Marvel did something different this time around. They gave us an intricate […]

April 01

Cinéfranco Review: The Informant

After penning the Academy Award nominated A Prophet, screenwriter Abdel Raouf Dafri returns with a gripping slow burn thriller based on Marc Fievet’s autobiographical book “L’Aviseur.” Set in the 1980s Gilbraltar, the story revolves around Marc Duval (Point Blank’s Gilles Lellouche), a man drowning in debt who finds himself clinging to a fragile and increasingly […]

March 09

Shorts Spotlight: ‘Election Night’, directed by Anders Thomas Jensen

Winner of the 1999 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film, Election Night is a comedic look at the prejudices that are within all of us. The delightful film centers around Peter (Ulrich Thomsen), an idealistic young man who realizes that he has forgotten to vote. Racing to get to the voting station before […]