New Internationalist

Articles by Malcolm Lewis

Film review: We Were Here

A compassionate and inspiring film about the AIDS epidemic in 1980s San Francisco.

  • December 1, 2011
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Film review: Resistance

What if the Germans had invaded the Welsh valleys during the Second World War?

  • December 1, 2011
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The silver screen behind the Spring

Feature films can tell us much about the cultural background to recent events in North Africa and the Middle East. Malcolm Lewis has been watching some of them.

  • October 1, 2011
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Film review: Tomboy

Director Céline Sciamma doesn’t shy away from harsh realities, yet Tomboy is still a trusting gem of a film.

  • October 1, 2011
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Where is the real cinema?

Malcolm Lewis finds quality beyond Disney and exotic settings…

  • December 1, 2010
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The Stoning of Soraya M

Directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh

  • November 1, 2010
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Another Year

Written and directed by Mike Leigh

  • November 1, 2010
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Peepli Live

written and directed by Anusha Rizvi

  • November 1, 2010
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Chop Shop

Directed and co-written by Ramin Bahrani

  • November 1, 2010
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Separado

Directed by Dylan Goch

  • September 1, 2010
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The Maid (La Nana)

Written and directed by Sebastian Silva

  • September 1, 2010
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Eyes Wide Open

Directed by Haim Tabakman

  • June 1, 2010
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Milk of Sorrow

Written and directed by Claudia Llosa

  • June 1, 2010
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Women Without Men

Directed and co-written by Shirin Neshat

  • June 1, 2010
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Life During Wartime

Three Florida sisters with very different lives, all seeking love.

  • May 1, 2010
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City of Life and Death

It’s only a feature film, and it’s shot in black and white, but City of Life and Death is an intense, indelible experience.

  • May 1, 2010
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Lion's Den (Leonera)

Trapero looks at the culture in a small Argentinean prison showing life in the moment.

  • April 1, 2010
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Samson and Delilah

This is a haunting and sometimes upsetting film – with little dialogue but great authenticity and power.

  • April 1, 2010
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The Headless Woman

Martel shows the mentality of people complicit in Argentina’s repression and ‘disappearances’.

  • March 1, 2010
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Food, Inc.

This documentary raises the bar in not only looking good, but in putting it all in context.

  • March 1, 2010
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Adoration

A film about how far we know and trust others, and how other people make us who we are, partly through the stories we hear.

  • January 1, 2010
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Precious

Based on the novel Push by Sapphire, directed by Lee Daniels

  • January 1, 2010
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The Best of 2009

The best books, music & films of 2009 as reviewed by NI.

  • January 1, 2010
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The White Ribbon

In a small village in Germany, just before the First World War, a doctor is severely injured when a hidden tripwire pulls down his horse.

  • December 1, 2009
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Tulpan

Tulpan is the daughter of the only nearby family and Asa thinks he’s in love with her. Sadly for him, she doesn’t fancy Asa, whose ears, she says, are too big.

  • December 1, 2009
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Vanishing of the Bees

An eye opening account of the truth behind the declining bee population

  • November 1, 2009
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Goodbye Solo

Different in every way: Ramin Bahrani’s brilliant Goodbye Solo.

  • November 1, 2009
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Fish Tank

A film that gets inside the mind and feelings of a young person deeply at odds with the world. Written and directed by Andrea Arnold.

  • October 1, 2009
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Birdwatchers

The reality of indigenous life in the Amazon. Directed and co-written by Marco Bechis

  • October 1, 2009
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Three Miles North of Molkom

At a new age festival in Sweden, a group of people who’ve never met before explore tree-hugging, sweat lodges, shamanism, tantric sex.

  • September 1, 2009
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Sin Nombre

A road movie cum Western. Or, rather, it’s a railroad movie and the ‘West’ - where innumerable migrants are headed on railroad wagons - is more accurately the ‘North’, the US.

  • September 1, 2009
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Sounds Like Teen Spirit

Directed by Jamie J Johnson, yes, it is about Eurovision, and many of the songs are appalling, but what comes over is the solidarity between the contestants, and how un-egotistical they are.

  • June 1, 2009
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Sugar

More than a sports film: Sugar explores the American Dream, competitiveness and simple human values.

  • June 1, 2009
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Ahlaam (Dreams)

This is the first Iraqi film about the American-led invasion. Written and directed by Mohamed Al-Daradji.

  • May 1, 2009
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Tony Manero

The late 1970s. A kitsch television show is looking for a Tony Manero impersonator. Tony who? Horribly, wonderfully real, and incredibly repulsive.

  • April 1, 2009
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Modern Life

Respectful, real and engrossing: Modern Life in rural France.

  • April 1, 2009
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The Visitor

An unshowy, very human story, of a man who makes unexpected connections and rediscovers his own life

  • March 1, 2009
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Wonderful Town

Written and directed by Aditya Assarat

  • March 1, 2009
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Che - Part 1, Che - Part 2

We get to see a lot of Che’s iconic look in over four hours of film, but sadly, though long on detail, it’s short on insight.

  • January 1, 2009
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The Baader Meinhof Complex

A stirring film, from the first graphic action scenes, showing police attacking demonstrators, and it never flags, never seems staged.

  • December 1, 2008
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The Silence of Lorna

Lorna, an Albanian working in a Belgian laundry, needs money to open a snack bar. The first step is citizenship, so she marries a very sick heroin addict who no-one expects to live very long.

  • December 1, 2008
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Good Dick

An off-beat LA-based comedy as a solitary, hostile young woman with a porn addiction. Written and directed by Marianna Palka

  • November 1, 2008
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Hunger

A horrific and unforgettable film about the 1981 Bobby Sands hunger strike directed and co-written by Steve McQueen

  • November 1, 2008
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Alexandra

What war does to people’s humanity and how, without trust, touch and intimacy, we’re lost.

  • October 1, 2008
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Linha de Passe

An outstanding realistic drama that shows these people’s ordinariness, strengths and weaknesses, and never idealizes or diminishes them.

  • October 1, 2008
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Time and Winds (Bes Vakit)

A beautiful contemplative immersion in the children’s sense of the immensity of time and events. Written and directed by Reha Erdem

  • September 1, 2008
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El Baño del Papa (The Pope’s Toilet)

A film about the Pope’s toilet. Directed by Enrique Fernandez and Cesar Charlone

  • September 1, 2008
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Killer of Sheep

A beautifully composed episodic study of Stan, a slaughterhouse worker, his family, friends and community.

  • July 1, 2008
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Couscous (La Graine et Le Mulet)

Kechiche, like Fatih Akin, the Turkish-German film-maker, shows us how the lives of migrants and their children straddle cultures, and, like Akin’s Head-On, Couscous is passionate and earthy.

  • July 1, 2008
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Three and Out

Colm Meaney is Tommy, an Irishman in London who plans to kill himself. Directed by Jonathan Gershfield

  • June 1, 2008
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Why We Fight

Why We Fight: It is nowhere written that the American empire goes on forever.

  • May 1, 2008
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XXY

An Argentinean film about a hermaphrodite

  • May 1, 2008
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We Are Together (Thina Simunye)

Agape orphanage singers from South Africa

  • April 1, 2008
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The Edge of Heaven

  • March 1, 2008
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Battle for Haditha

Battle for Haditha

  • March 1, 2008
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The Sea Inside

The Sea Inside directed by Alejandro Amenábar

  • March 1, 2008
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Our Daily Bread

Industrialized food production

  • January 1, 2008
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No Country for Old Men

The new Coen Brothers film

  • January 1, 2008
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The Best of 2007

Music, Books, Films

  • January 1, 2008
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Jesus Camp

directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

  • December 1, 2007
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The Witnesses

The Witnesses directed and co-written by André Techiné

  • November 1, 2007
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A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash written and directed by Basil Gelpke, Ray McCormack

  • November 1, 2007
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The Yacoubian Building

The Yacoubian Building scripted and directed by Marwan Hamed

  • October 1, 2007
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A Mighty Heart

A Mighty Heart directed by Michael Winterbottom

  • October 1, 2007
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Ten Canoes

directed by Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr

  • June 1, 2007
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Water

written and directed by Deep Mehta

  • June 1, 2007
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Goodbye Bafana

A film taken from a book by a white guy who knew an African leader – sounds familiar?

  • May 1, 2007
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Fast Food Nation

The business stinks.

  • May 1, 2007
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Bamako

Bamako by Abderrahmane Sissako

  • March 1, 2007
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Ghosts

Ghosts directed by Nick Broomfield.

  • January 1, 2007
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Apocalypto

Apocalypto directed by Mel Gibson.

  • January 1, 2007
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Container

Container written and directed by Lukas Moodysson

  • December 1, 2006
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Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait

One to avoid… Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait directed by Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno

  • December 1, 2006
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Rampage

Rampage directed by George Gittoes

  • December 1, 2006
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Esma's Secret

Esma’s Secret written and directed by Jasmila Zbanic

  • December 1, 2006
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Man Push Cart

Man Push Cart by Ramin Bahrani

  • November 1, 2006
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Red Road

Red Road by Andrea Arnold

  • November 1, 2006
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Sisters in Law

Sisters in Law directed by Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi

  • October 1, 2006
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Shanghai Dreams

Shanghai Dreams written and directed by Wang Xiaoshuai

  • September 1, 2006
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The Death of Mr Lazarescu

The Death of Mr Lazarescu directed by Cristi Puiu

  • August 1, 2006
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Little Fish

Little Fish directed by Rowan Woods

  • August 1, 2006
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Heading South

Heading South written and directed by Laurent Cantet

  • July 1, 2006
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Afroreggae Special: Culture Is Our Weapon & Favela Rising

AFROREGGAE SPECIAL: Culture Is Our Weapon by Patrick Neate and Damian Platt; Favela Rising directed by Jeff Zimbalist.

  • June 1, 2006
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Paradise Now

Paradise Now directed by Hany Abu-Assad

  • May 1, 2006
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L'Enfant (The Child)

L’Enfant by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

  • April 1, 2006
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Tstosi

Tsotsi directed by Gavin Hood

  • April 1, 2006
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World's Fastest Indian

World’s Fastest Indian directed by Roger Donaldson

  • March 1, 2006
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Head-On/Crossing the Bridge

Head-On/ Crossing the Bridge directed by Fatih Akin

  • January 1, 2006
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Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain directed by Ang Lee

  • January 1, 2006
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Tickets

  • December 1, 2005
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The Sun

The Sun directed by Alexander Sokurov

  • October 1, 2005
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Le Grand Voyage

Le Grand Voyage directed by Ismaël Ferroukhi

  • October 1, 2005
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Arakimentari

Arakimentari directed by Travis Klose.

  • September 1, 2005
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The Night of Truth

The Night of Truth directed by Fanta Régina Nacro

  • September 1, 2005
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Argentina – Hope in Hard Times

Argentina – Hope in Hard Times directed by Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young

  • August 1, 2005
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Czech Dream

Czech Dream by Vit Viusak & Filip Remunda

  • July 1, 2005
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Moolaadé

Moolaadé by Ousmane Sembène

  • July 1, 2005
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Machuca

In Santiago, Chile, 1973, during the Allende Government, an élite fee-paying secondary school, run by priests, offers free education to boys from a nearby shanty town. The priests’ initiative, opposed by many parents, brings together very different worlds

  • June 1, 2005
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Palindromes

  • June 1, 2005
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Wild Side

  • May 1, 2005
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In Your Hands

  • May 1, 2005
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The Edukators

The Edukators by Hans Weingartner.

  • April 1, 2005
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Aaltra

Aaltra directed by Gustave Kervern and Benoit Delepine

  • January 1, 2005
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Koktebel

Koktebel directed by Boris Khlebnikov and Alexei Popogrebsky.

  • January 1, 2005
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A Way of Life

A Way of Life directed by Amma Asante

  • November 1, 2004
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Ae Fond Kiss

Ae Fond Kiss directed by Ken Loach.

  • September 1, 2004
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Fahrenheit 9/11

Fahrenheit 9/11 directed by Michael Moore

  • September 1, 2004
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The Story of the Weeping Camel

The Story of the Weeping Camel directed by Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni

  • August 1, 2004
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My Architect

My Architect directed by Nathaniel Kahn

  • August 1, 2004
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Songs for a Raggy Boy

Songs for a Raggy Boy directed by Aisling Walsh.

  • May 1, 2004
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Capturing the Friedmans

Capturing the Friedmans directed by Andrew Jarecki.

  • April 1, 2004
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South Africa Special - to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the ending of apartheid

SOUTH AFRICA SPECIAL: celebrating the 10th anniversary of apartheid’s end. Keeping His Promise by Enver Carim; Unfinished Business by Terry Bell with Dumisa Buhle Ntsebeza; History After Apartheid by Annie E Coombes; Amandla! directed by Lee Hirsch.

  • April 1, 2004
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Osama

Osama directed by Siddiq Barmak

  • March 1, 2004
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The Barbarian Invasions

The Barbarian Invasions. Written and directed by Denys Arcand.

  • February 1, 2004
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Abouna

Abouna directed by Mahamat- Saleh Haroun

  • December 1, 2002
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Anita and me

Anita and Me by Metin Huseyin

  • November 1, 2002
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Heaven

Heaven directed by Tom Twyker

  • September 1, 2002
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Amen (Eyewitness)

Amen directed by Costa-Gavras

  • July 1, 2002
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The Warrior

The Warrior directed by Asif Kapadia.

  • May 1, 2002
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Jung (War): In the Land of the Mujaheddin

Jung (War): In the Land of the Mujaheddin directed by Fabrizio Lazzaretti and Alberto Vendemmiati

  • August 1, 2001
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Children Underground

Children Underground directed by Edet Belzberg

  • August 1, 2001
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Closed Doors (Al Abwab Al Moghlaka)

Closed Doors (Al Abwab Al Moghlaka) directed by Atef Hetata

  • June 1, 2001
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Otomo

Otomo directed by Freider Schlaich

  • May 1, 2001
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