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Give or take, it’s been about five to six years since #BlackLivesMatter became a thing on social media. By most accounts, the use of that hashtag began after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teenager Trayvon Martin. The deaths of Michael Brown (which led to protests and unrest in Ferguson) and Eric Garner in New York City and the street demonstrations that followed made the movement known all over the US and of course around the globe as well. Surely it’s an extension or a new mutation/update of the Civil Rights movement, with a little bit…

Angelena Bonet, founder and CEO of her companies Crystal Heart Productions and Crystal Heart Records, has won another two prestigious Awards of Recognition from the IndieFEST Film Awards. One award was given for Bonet’s biopic sequel documentary feature film “Angelena: Heart Of The Matter” in the Liberation/Social Justice/Protest category and Best Music Video for “Break The Chain.” “Angelena: Heart Of The Matter” (“A Time Of A Revolution”) is the second documentary feature film in her trilogy series. Continuing on from where “Angelena: Change The World” (A True Story) left off, Australian-born Bonet interviews high profile women’s rights leaders around the world such as President Obama’s Women’s Equality…

The director of Rafiki, Wanuri Kahiu, sued the Kenyan government to lift a national censorship that rendered the film ineligible for the Academy Award’s Best Foreign Language Film accolade. Kenya’s LGBTQ community is celebrating after the Kenyan High Court temporarily lifted the ban on the queer drama Rafiki. The critically acclaimed film, based in Nairobi, navigates the romance between two women in a country where homosexuality is illegal, punishable by up to 14 years in prison. After months of protesting the strict criminalization and censorship of the film, hundreds attended its initial, celebratory screening. In April 2018, the Kenya Film Classification Board banned the…

The Green Lens Film Series returns 7 p.m. Sept. 13 to the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., with a collection of films that address environmental and political issues. The screenings are free to the public and will take place every Thursday for five weeks, according to a news release from DeKalb Stands. https://youtu.be/6zrn4-FfbXw The first film, “Plastic Ocean,” follows journalist and director Craig Leeson, who came across an immense amount of plastic waste in the ocean while researching blue whales. He teams up with a group of international scientists and researchers to investigate plastic pollution and its effects on…

Ezzatollah Entezami, one of the most prominent actors of the Iranian cinema and theater, has passed away at the age of 94. Born in 1924, he started his theater career in his 20s and later moved to Hanover, Germany, to study theater and cinema in a boarding school. After graduation in 1958, he returned to his homeland and appeared in over 50 feature films, a number of TV series, and dozens of plays. Entezami was the first-ever Iranian actor to win an international award. In 1971, he received the Chicago International Film Festival’s Silver Hugo for Best Actor for his…

Based in Strasbourg, France, the European Audiovisual Observatory is set to take the pulse of the current Russian cinema industry and look at the challenges and chances offered by this dynamic film market. It will hold a conference within the KINO EXPO and St. Petersburg International Content Forum events in St. Petersburg, Russia on September 19, 2018 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Entry is free, registration to KINO EXPO is not necessary and the conference languages will be English and Russian with translation. All media professionals, journalists, and academics are welcome to attend the conference, which will be opened…

 The deputy director of the Cinema Organization of Iran has said that the organization still has not received a request from the producers to screen Asghar Farhadi’s latest movie “Everybody Knows”, which was shot in Spain in 2017. “The film will be viewed as a foreign production if we receive a request to screen it in Iran,” Ebrahim Darughezadeh told the Persian service of ISNA on Sunday. Films need special authorization from the Cinema Organization of Iran to be produced and screened in the country. “Making films in Iran is my first priority, and as much as I can I…

The Arab Cinema Center (ACC) is set to launch a new festival MAD 3ARABI (Arab Flow) focused on Arab cinema and high-end TV in the Czech Republic this autumn, the umbrella body announced at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. “MAD 3ARABI (Arab Flow) will be a festival for cinema, culture and Arabic content,” said Arab cinema expert Alaa Karkouti, CEO of Cairo-based Arab cinema promotional agency MAD Solutions which set up the ACC in 2015. “It is a new development for the ACC’s initiatives, which are aimed at promoting Arab culture around the world through different activities.” The first edition of MAD 3ARABI will take…

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda is a must see documentary directed by Stephen Nomura Schible. One of the most important artists of our era, Ryuichi Sakamoto has had a prolific career spanning over four decades, from techno-pop stardom to Oscar- winning film composer. The evolution of his music has coincided with his life journeys. Following Fukushima, Sakamoto became an iconic figure in Japan’s social movement against nuclear power. As Sakamoto returns to music following cancer, his haunting awareness of life crisis leads to a resounding new masterpiece. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda is an intimate portrait of both the artist and the man. https://youtu.be/Fl-pKw5n0mI Stephen…

Two-time Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi was selected as an Honorary Patron of the Film Academy Foundation (De la Fundación Academia de Cine), the foundation announced on Thursday. The Film Academy Foundation is a Spanish professional organization dedicated to the promotion and development of Spanish cinema with headquarters based in Madrid and Barcelona. Antonio Banderas, Alejandro Amenabar, Almudena Grandes, Mario Vargas Llosa, Vittorio Storaro and Inma Shara are among those who have received the honor from the academy. In a statement published by the academy, Farhadi said that the decision to honor him by the title has given him “a very…

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