GFF REVIEW: ‘Papicha’ Teaches Us About The Bravery Behind Loving

“Papicha is about the beauty of love and unity, in a world that is so hateful and divided.”  Papicha, Mounia Meddour’s debut feature, is a gut-punching true story set on the brink of the Algerian civil war. The story follows Nedjma (Lyna Khoudri), a university student hoping for a career in fashion  in this harrowing…

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Top of the Docs #6 – ‘Swatted’ (2018) and the Realities of Sharing Online

It is impossible to describe the impact of the internet, and even more impossible to place that impact on a moral compass. The internet is a place where millions of people who may never have met can connect, it has formed new communities and, importantly, has greatly furthered discourse concerning gender, sexuality, race, and various other marginalised communities by acting as a means for activists to communicate.

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Jodie Foster Films, Ranked.

Foster’s presence has seeped into realms of film and television that have not only magnified her versatility but has also allowed her to leap over boundaries of genre.

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Resurrecting Cluzot’s ‘L’Enfer’ (1964) in 2020

In 1964, Henri-Georges Clouzot set out to change cinema with his film L’Enfer. He attempted to create images so striking, and implicate a story so defined by heartbreak and the human condition, that it proved too difficult a task to finish due to problems of funding, sickness, and management.

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What’s on Scene #2 – March 2020

Howdy! Welcome to What’s on Scene, our monthly column dedicated to keeping you up to date on the latest screenings and programmes across the UK. For a full list of screenings scroll to the end of the piece! And remember if you would like a screening listed next month, be sure to let us know!

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Top of the Docs #5 – ‘Going Clear’ (2015): Scientology and the Prison of Belief and Journalistic Documentary

In terms of mainstream documentary filmmaking over the past two decades, few figures have amassed as impressive a body of work as Alex Gibney. His documentaries often tackle corporate scandal, usually interrogating single corporations such as in Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005).

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REVIEW: ‘To All the Boys I Loved Before: P.S I Still Love You’ (2020) Shows How Rom-Coms Can Save The World

To many, romantic comedies are reduced to a string of endless cliches. How can someone fall in love so fast? How can they all reconcile after such bitter conflict in the second act? Why is there always a party in a large house that absolutely no one but an upper-middle class family can own?

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Top of the Docs #4 – ‘Talking About Trees’ and Cinema as Community

The history of a nation’s cinema is, of course, tied up in the history of a nation. Not every nation, however, has a history like Sudan. Split by civil war in 2011, the country is still in the midst of a power struggle and is often presented merely as a country bound to constant conflict.

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘Zola’ (2020) Proves the Power of Sex Workers Telling Their Own Stories

Do you remember where you were when Zola- also known as A’Ziah King- dropped her Twitter thread and instantly became the most iconic viral “story time” sensation ever? It was the definition of a cultural reset.

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Going Beyond the Narrative: Horror and the use of Sensory Techniques

There’s no set answer to the appeal of horror movies. Is it because of the socially opposed actions and intentions of the characters? Is it the themes that they explore? Or is it just the adrenaline rush? One thing that remains the same is that the purpose of a horror movie is to make us feel scared, uneasy and anxious.

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