Arnon Goldfinger Opens the Door to Moral Dilemmas in "The Flat"

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Documentary filmmaking often means opening wounds. And that means wrestling with moral dilemmas. For documentary filmmakers, those issues can be the most unsettling. Israeli filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger recently spoke to a USC School of Cinematic Arts non-fiction theory class about ethical dilemmas in making his award-winning film The Flat. Goldfinger began with the idea of… Read more »

Julia Bacha on the Art of Non-Violent Filmmaking

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In a conversation via Skype over the summer, acclaimed writer/director Julia Bacha talked with The Independent’s Rebecca Reynolds about Bacha’s work at Just Vision, a nonprofit organization dedicated to documenting the lives of Palestinian and Israeli civilians who are working to promote peace and freedom in the Middle East. Since 2006, she has directed or… Read more »

John Madden Acts His Age

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Director John Madden, who started out in producing British television, has made a name for himself across the pond helming films such as Shakespeare in Love, Proof and more recently, The Debt. Now, his latest film, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a hit in the UK, is set to open across North America on May… Read more »

Afghan Life According to Afghan Filmmakers

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In the days approaching the 10th anniversary of September 11th, whose stories have you heard? Have they represented the full spectrum of experiences on that date and what has unfolded since? What was the language of their telling? To broaden the dialogue about the US presence in Afghanistan, Community Supported Film posted one Afghan-made film… Read more »

Just Like Us: The Truth About Light

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Late one night in early June, I was devouring a novel by candlelight after forgetting, for the third time in a week, to buy bulbs. The room was dim and though it was hell on my eyes, the poet in me was charmed by the whole feel of it. I took a short break to… Read more »

Beyond Bollywood

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And there are so many stories to tell, too many, such an excess of intertwined lives events miracles places rumors, so dense a commingling of the improbable and mundane! — Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children Bollywood films are known the world over for their eye-candy dance numbers, bubblegum pop songs, and epic run times. They’re like… Read more »