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  • Rona, Azim's Mother

    Rona, Azim's Mother

    ★★★★

    “Rona, Azim's Mother” by Jamshid Mahmoudi

    “My mother is all my life.”

    In the constant stream of images of refugees making their way to Europe and the USA we often tend to forget the stories behind the faces of the people we see on camera and newspaper articles. Since many young families, or the young fathers alone, start the sheer never-ending journey from Africa or Arab countries, their stories speak not only of the possibility of a future they want…

  • Winter's Night

    Winter's Night

    ★★★★½

    “Winter's Night” [“Gyeo-ul-ba-me”] by Jang Woo-jin

    “I came here with my husband, but I lost him.”

    In general, recounting the course of your life, you find your connections to people and places as the most significant stages which have defined your identity among other aspects. However, as you change over time, so does the connection, something you can easily experience when you return to your home town or meet people again, for example in the context of an alumni reunion.…

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  • The Evil Dead

    The Evil Dead

    ★★★★★

    The Evil Dead by Sam Raimi

    “I don't like cellars.“

    When Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead premiered in the USA in 1982 all the hardships of its production would soon be rewarded starting with an enthusiastic review of the film by none other that author Stephen King himself writing this is “the most ferociously original horror film of the year”, a text which would raise eyebrows within the industry and secure the film an international release. Within the context of…

  • Jamilia

    Jamilia

    ★★★½

    “Jamila” by Aminatou Echard

    “For a woman the most dangerous place is home.”
    (Kyrgyz saying)

    If we look at the works of art discussed in classroom all around the world, one cannot help but wonder sometimes about the troubled history of many of these works and that they are now common knowledge of students of a certain country. Considering the provocation works like George Orwell's “1984” or J.D. Salinger's “Catcher in the Rye” posed at the time of their release…