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They say money makes the world go round, but having a lot of it comes with a price.  It puts a target on your back. People know you have it and they want it for themselves. When you’re the matriarch or patriarch of a rich family and entering the twilight years of your life, your …

Although we’re well into the twenty-first century now, corruption is just as rife as it has ever been. You could argue, in fact, that in many parts of the world it’s worse than ever. The stakes are much higher than ever before and the obsession with wealth just seems to get stronger. The fight between …

There’s something almost ingrained within humans to look for a purpose. A higher calling. Something other than what’s in front of us in our daily lives.  A compulsion to find something to believe in. This is the whole essence of religion and it has been a driving force for ‘man’ since the dawn of recorded …

Growing up is never easy at the best of times but doing so in an era of smartphones, social media and unlimited data contracts must be an absolute nightmare. Our social interactions suddenly become very public. Any mistakes or rash spur of the moment decisions can easily be captured and shared. Especially if someone has …

It has been a profitable couple of years for Norwegian cinema and there are few hotter actors at the minute than Kristine Kujath Thorp. Indeed, since her breakout performance in Ninjababy last year she’s gone on to flex her action muscles in John Andreas Andersen’s The Burning Sea. However, so far, comedy is where she …

Like many of its neighbours, Uganda has had a bumpy road since independence. While it currently describes itself as a democracy, there’s not much democratic about the current regime. Following six years of war, Yoweri Museveni came to power in 1986. While elections happen, the opposition and their supporters are routinely arrested, tortured and killed. …

One of the most compelling areas of crime fiction is that of the police procedural. A book, TV show or film which concentrates on the investigative process. Following the police or, in many cases, a downbeat inspector with an alcohol problem, go through the steps they take to try and solve a crime can be …

In 1973, President Salvador Allende’s left-wing political alliance was overthrown by a military coupe d’état. This followed a period of social unrest and political turmoil. Led by General Augusto Pinochet, a group of military chiefs took control and formed a junta. Ending a period of relative stability when Chile was hailed as an example of …

While it clearly had its benefits, colonialism was a blight on the African continent and continues to be so. Although independence began a new chapter in their history for many countries, it often led to a renewed period of turmoil. Angola, for instance, was thrown into civil war as soon as they threw off the …

Although the Lumière brothers are widely credited as the pioneers of what has become modern cinema, there wasn’t just one event, or film, which brought motion pictures to life. It was the culmination of the hard work and efforts of many, over a number of years. However, as a medium it never stands still. There …