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Damián Szifron’s Wild Tales

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Film, Hispanic, Humor, Jewish, Music, Review, Theater, Violence, Women |

LAST DAY IS THURSDAY! – AT THE TIVOLI IN ST. LOUIS: Wild Tales/ Relatos Salvajes/Les Nouveaux Sauvages/Storie pazzesche/Jeder dreht mal durch! My review (an excerpt): the humor is explosive, the jokes hard-hitting, the dysfunctional machine is perfectly well-oiled! Society has a great many constraints but if we go outside, we can feel sooo free! Damián Szifron, the director of “Wild Tales” explores what lies beyond the rules, when we lose control… and anything can happen. After breaking the all-time record of attendance in Argentina, it was nominated […]

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6 Millions pour la Semaine/for a Week

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Antisemitism, Doc, France, French, Genocide, History, Human Rights, Jewish, Juif, Now, Politics, Shoah |

William Karel & Blanche Finger Film –> Jusqu’au Dernier : La Destruction des Juifs d’Europe – To The Last One: The Destruction of Europe’s Jews – France 2 pendant une semaine après – available for a week afterwards on the web through VPN — Le Holocauste, une histoire sur les Juifs qui ne concernera que les Juifs? Will the specificity of the killing of Jews remain only a Jewish story? PM – [Utiliser logiciel qui peut lire Flash Video & VPN si nécessaire] – LLes mots d’ouverture de la série: “Près de six millions de Juifs, les deux tiers des Juifs d’Europe furent assassinés par le régime nazi et ses collaborateurs pendant la seconde guerre mondiale, assassinés dans le silence quasi complet du monde…” – Opening statement for the series: “Close to six million Jews, two thirds of European Jews were murdered by the Nazi regime and its collaborators during World War II, murdered amidst the world’s almost complete silence…” […]

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“Chicken**** Netanyahu”? Oh No!

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Jewish, Middle-East, Now, Peace, Politics, Site, Wars |

A lack of vision and of courageous leadership, being held hostage to fear… an extremely volatile situation that reinforces extremism and distrust on both sides; that is the status quo in Israel and why a paper like Haaretz is vital to any possible change. — “There is every reason for the current government to keep peace as far away as possible,” Haaretz columnist Bradley Burston speaks to Aimee Amiga. “It is in their interest because it creates a situation that energizes the right in this country, and drives the rest of the country into a kind of state of permanent despair, which keeps them neutralized and keeps any kind of broad coalition, broad opposition, from forming against them.” Burston said he had no doubt the Israeli public wanted a two-state solution and peace, but said they have been “absolutely convinced that it is impossible… The settlements are the answer to every one of his political prayers. First of all they defuse the right – it’s only the right here that can depose him politically at this point. Second, they cause anger in Washington, and he exploits that to have this kind of macho image which helps him with his own Likud party.” Video Interview […]

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The Green Prince (A Review): Nothing Obvious Here Too!

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Antisemitism, Books, Doc, Ideas, Jewish, Middle-East, Politics, Racism, Review, Wars |

My review: “Spies like James Bond/007 can appear cool… but what if it were their family, their relatives and their people they were betraying? That type of treason may be nothing to celebrate anymore. One may actually need to hide all of that – and definitely not make a film about it! That is the challenge that the director, Nadav Schirman, has taken on. His previous two other documentaries were also about individuals living undercover: ‘In the Dark Room’ and ‘The Champagne Spy.’ He was also the producer of the successful 2012 ‘No Place on Earth.’ — In our desire to appear smart and in charge, we make fast assessments, ready to speak up and to react. Here, because repeatedly nothing appears as it what it is, the film will challenge most preconceptions. The moral compass for what constitutes one’s alliances seems to be constantly shifting and one is asked to turn oneself inside out. Healthy questions emerge: What constitutes intelligence and security? How do we know what we know? Is it just about those two individuals, Mosab Hassan Yousef and Gonen Ben Yitzhak or is it about us? N.B.: For those who have read Mosab Hassan Yousef’s book ‘Son of Hamas,’ this film is very different than the book!” + Clips […]

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