Films & documentaries

London film festival 2012

Posted on October 25, 2012 by Toothpicker

I am a huge fan of world cinema and documentaries, but it's never easy to pick just a few from the long list at the London film festival. I usually would pick out the ones that are 'least' likely to get distributed here, hence I never pick the popular choices.
It is always [...]

This post was posted in London, Films & documentaries, Social issues and was tagged with London, documentaries, films, Film festival


Documentaries marathon

Posted on July 24, 2012 by Toothpicker

Since the ICA would be closed during the Olympics, I decided to do a mini documentaries marathon, seeing three documentaries in 2 days... I have been more ambitious before but ended up feeling nausea afterwards, so I have learned not to overdo it.
 
Marina Abramovic: The artist is present
This is an engaging, spiritual [...]

This post was posted in Films & documentaries, Art and was tagged with documentaries, ICA, Marina Abramovic


Arirang & Kim Ki-Duk

Posted on June 12, 2012 by Toothpicker

I don't know how to describe renowned Korean director, Kim Ki-Duk's new docudrama, it is weird, fascinating, boring, humorous, experimental, self-indulgent, self-critical, meditative and intense all at the same time! How can a film be all of the above? Well, here we go, and it even won the 'Prix Un Certain Regard [...]

This post was posted in Films & documentaries and was tagged with documentaries, Kim Ki-Duk


This is not a film & Iranian cinema

Posted on April 4, 2012 by Toothpicker

I first encountered Iranian cinema around the mid 90s, and I found myself being mesmerised by films from directors like Abbas Kiarostami, Mohsen Makhmalbaaf, and Jafar Panahi. Panahi's 'The White balloon' in particular, left a very strong impression on me. I liked the simplicity and humanity of the story, which has a [...]

This post was posted in Films & documentaries, Social issues, Human rights and was tagged with documentaries, films, Human rights, Jafar Panahi


'The price of sex' by Mimi Chakarova

Posted on March 25, 2012 by Toothpicker

I hope that my blog title will not attract the wrong crowd thinking that this is a porn site! It's actually about a documentary that I saw at the Human Rights Watch film festival currently showing in London.
Before launching the website, I found the whole idea of social media quite daunting. Little [...]

This post was posted in Talks, Films & documentaries, Social issues and was tagged with talks, documentaries, ICA


The 'new' ICA

Posted on February 28, 2012 by Toothpicker

In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955
 
I used to hang out at the ICA when I was an art student many years ago. It was the 'IT' place for 'cool' art and art house films, I even remember seeing Derek Jarman's film for the first time there. I don't remember when [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Films & documentaries and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, documentaries, ICA


From graffiti to art: Style Wars

Posted on February 23, 2012 by Toothpicker

The most famous street art gallery: East side gallery, Berlin
 
I have always been fascinated by street art and graffiti, and I have taken photographs of these works of 'art' for quite a few years esp. during my travels. Hence I was glad that I managed to get one of the last few [...]

This post was posted in London, Travel, Films & documentaries, Street art & graffiti and was tagged with London, documentaries, graffiti/ street art


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