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2017 SLIFF BUZZ: A SELECTION

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Afri, Antisemitism, Art, Asia, Doc, Film, Genocide, Hispanic, History, Human Rights, Humor, Ideas, Jewish, Judaism, Juif, Magyar, Media, Middle-East, Music, Native, Peace, Politics, Racism, Shoah, Site, STL, Time, US, Violence, Women, Youth |

Like with all of the St. Louis International Film Festivals (SLIFF), the 26th version makes it very easy again to be overwhelmed by the number of films presented. Ready for this year’s astounding stats?

Over 2400 submissions, plus a few hundred films from distributors, sales agents and studios.
After careful vetting, these are the winners:
372 films from 64 countries

When I introduce SLIFF to someone who is not familiar with it, I tell them that this is a fantastic way to travel the world and a rare chance to watch films that will possibly never reappear in St. Louis (nor possibly in the US)…

… even if they are masterpieces!
And every year, such pieces make their way to SLIFF,
UNFORGETTABLE FILMS! (…)

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Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow: “Truth is Always Unbearable”

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in Action, Afri, Art, Asia, Care, Death, Doc, France, Genocide, Health, Human Rights, Jewish, Magyar, Middle-East, Peace, Politics, Racism, Review, Roma, The Future, Travel, US, Violence, Wars, World |

“The film never can tell the truth, the truth is always unbearable.” — Ai Weiwei. My review: “Many words like ‘humanitarian crisis’ or ‘refugees’ conceal great human tragedies; the news channels remind us daily that despair is at our doors but everything remains abstract – overall we do not know. With the type of fearlessness that landed him in jail, the internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist, Ai WeiWei, insists though, as he often does, that we face reality, however disturbing it may be.
As someone whose family was exiled within China – like Tarkovsky, his father was a famous poet – Ai knows his topic well. But he is aware that the crisis is global – the result: a monument of a film, 23 countries in 140 minutes (out of 900 hours of footage) […]

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I Am Not Your Negro – A Review

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Afri, Doc, Human Rights, Racism, Review, US, Violence |

Imagine you are the articulate and incisive James Baldwin and three of your friends happen to be Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King, and Malcom X, and all three of them are killed. You leave behind some revelatory notes about this “peculiar” situation… which remain untouched for forty years.
Imagine now that you are the talented and engaged Haitian filmmaker, Raoul Peck*, and you are exclusively privy to that writing and you manage to produce your film… independently.
Now, like a torch, it lights up our darkest skies: I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is that film! (…)

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SLIFF 16 BUZZ – Highlights & Recommendations

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Afri, Antisemitism, Asia, Death, France, French, Hispanic, Jewish, Middle-East, Native, Racism, STL |

[WITH 3 GEMS!!] Again, the St. Louis wow-festival is a trip! This year, SLIFF after 2300 submissions – not counting distributors and studio considerations – will screen 420 films from 72 countries! Below are *some* recommendations – I am missing many but my time is restricted at this time. 1.The good bets that I have not seen have no check marks. 2.Those I can vouch for are marked with an [X] 3. Those I very much appreciate: [X][X] 3.Those stand-outs, the gems, have an [X][X][X] …

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SLIFF BUZZ 2015 (An Overview)

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Afri, Antisemitism, Asia, Care, Death, Doc, Film, France, French, Hispanic, Human Rights, Humor, Jewish, Magyar, Media, Middle-East, Peace, Politics, Racism, Religion, Shoah, STL, Time, Travel, US, Violence, Wars, Women, World, Youth |

November 5 – November 15 — The 2015 Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) – A UNIQUE CHANCE TO WATCH CINEMATIC TREASURES… films which, no matter how outstanding they are, often will not find a distributor in the U.S. Where else can you get to travel to 70 countries in 10 days through 447 films (97 narrative features, 86 documentary features, and 264 shorts)? Those I can already vouch for include Deep Web (opening night), Embrace of the Serpent, In Transit, The Fool/Durak, Sea Fog/Haemoo, Once in a Lifetime, In My Father’s House, Theeb, Three Windows and a Hanging, Dry, Eadweard, Court, Among the Believers, Hitchcock/Truffaut, The Last Mentsch, Armor of Light, Can You Dig This, Landfill Harmonic, Thao’s Library, Right Footed, Radical Grace, Something You Can Call Home, Cemetery of Splendor. Feel free to write for more info […]

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Reggie Yates’ Extreme Russia Series

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Afri, Death, Doc, Now, Politics, Racism, Violence, Youth |

BBC’s Reggie Yates: “With almost a 90% approval rating Putin is one of the most popular leader in the world.” – “How young Russian national pride manifests can take several forms and to be clear, what I witnessed wasn’t consistently extreme nor by any means threatening in its entirety. The scary thing I found was the pull and growing influence of the groups that are.” […]

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