Urban documentarian, Iwan Baan, explores how people from around the world adapt to their circumstances by organically building and shaping their communities to match the environments around them. Baan offers a view of a poverty that we do not often see, showing people that are proud of their homes, their businesses, and their accomplishments that the developed world often glosses over.
While it’s clear much of the imagery presents huge challenges to the global community and shows signs of sheer desperation and need, there are also signs of life. Baan remarks that above all else, through his worked he’s learned there really is no “normal” life.
I think it’s important to note that we risk viewing these images as some sort of “disaster porn”, similar to how imagery from urban Detroit is exploited for middle and upper class curiosity. Please view his talk as an exploration of how are living around the world, rather than perhaps how they should, or perhaps even wish, to live.
An Indian historical-fiction epic, a so-bad-it-might-be-good Malaysian flop, and one of the highest grossing movies of all time in China are new to Netflix this month!
Hollywood isn't the only place where remakes are commonplace. China has gotten into the game with a copy of an exciting Korean-ish thriller and see what horror looks like in South Africa, new to Netflix this month!
What seems like an Indian stoner flick and a French film lead by some real powerhouse actors are what's new to the comedy realm this month on Netflix!
What happens when you fuse Lola Rennt with The Matrix and Tom Hanks? Find out in what can only be described as a modern epic. Out of Chile comes a film starring a local actors, a real treat from our friends way down south. All that and more this month on Netflix!
Comparing two documentaries, we earn some bits of truth about a country that does almost everything it can to deny it. Investigating the nature of propaganda runs the risk of becoming it, what will you think?
The Square is an award winning feature length film documentary by Jehane Noujaim about the 2011 Egyptian Uprising. When it began, the event was rolled into what became known as the “Arab Spring”.
This dystopian story is a cerebral meditation on a world gone mad. There is only rich and poor. The middle class has been absorbed by the other two classes. How do you break out of poverty and become one of the 3%? The Process will set you free- if you are good enough.
The movie takes the layers of mystery surrounding the true Book of Kells, and weaves in spirituality and mythology to tell the tale of a young boy, drawn to adventure
Moore attempts to show, not tell, his way through a handful of [mostly] European countries, showcasing, among other things, Italian labor practices (including paid maternity leave), French sex education, and French school meals - this contrasted with some of the worst that American cafeterias serve (sorry square pizza, it’s hard to compete with French haute-cafeteria-cuisine).
If you liked Pixar’s world-famous, tear-inducing, mini-romance in Up, you’ll get some similar warm and fuzzies from The House of Small Cubes or as it’s officially known, La Maison en Petits Cubes.