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Film Review: Initiation

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life on the kibbutz

After World War II and the end of the British Mandate, the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine was meant to be a fresh start for a region which had a deep history of turmoil. This brave new world of the territory being split between Jews and Arabs was destined to fail before it even …

Ida

Childhood is usually depicted on screen as being some kind of wonderful utopian period or time of great unhappiness and danger. The reality is usually somewhere in the middle, a lot of good but also a lot of bad. A time when young adventurous minds crave knowledge and new experiences, but these normally come in …

Han and Kang

Much has been written and filmed about the way the USA and USSR used third countries in order to play out their proxy battles during the Cold War. For decades, almost every single conflict in South America, Africa or Asia had this extra political element. Funded, trained and provisioned by one or both of the …

The family butcher

As people turn away from meat in increasing numbers, let’s not kid ourselves that the alternatives are entirely perfect. Nevertheless, there is no doubting that we need to eat far fewer of our animal cousins. We cannot sustain the current levels of production and veganism is rapidly offering a viable and increasingly varied solution. There’s …

Kelly climbing to survive

It seems to be a particular breed of people who take up serious climbing. There are inherent risks attached to rock climbing, let alone mountaineering, which are too much for a coward like me. The mere thought of taking away the ropes or the ‘safety net’ sets my nerves on edge. Films like Valley Uprising …

A mother takes on the gangs

Mexico has many social, economic and political problems but one of the most pernicious and devastating is that of kidnappings. It has been an ongoing problem, but one which has increased markedly since the start of the century. Criminal gangs began abducting in greater numbers to raise funds through ransoms, but many victims are never …

Henry's past catches up with him

While the dangers of the ‘Wild West’ frontier have been conjured up so many times by numerous filmmakers, it is perhaps the more introspective narratives which have the most resonance. Movies which, instead of telling a story about someone in their prime, focus on more contemplative and reflective characters during their autumn years. The likes …

mother and son

The ancient Appalachian Mountains run all the way from Newfoundland in Canada to Alabama in the United States of America. The remoteness and inaccessibly of the range has made it a perfect hideout for many people looking to get off the grid, lay-low or evade the prying eyes of the authorities over the years. Local …

Mother and daughter in a dangerous world

It says something about the natural cynicism of our species that dystopian visions have historically been, and still are, decidedly popular. Many writers agree that we’ll end up wiping ourselves out. It seems only fitting given our unnerving ability to make the same mistakes over and over again. There are lots of imaginative ways this …

Bull

There’s seems to be something that the British, in particular, find fascinating about gangsters. While other countries have their own versions (Yakuza, Triads, Mafiosi etc), our hard men tend to be outwardly nasty and rotten, but with strong emotions bubbling beneath the surface. There was a time when people like the Krays were quasi-celebrities and …