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Contents: Bérénice Reynaud on AFI / AFM Dirk de Bruyn on Alternativa Darren Hughes on Rotterdam (shorts) Daniel Fairfax on Rotterdam (features) Andrei Kartashov on Gothenburg Jaimey

Daughters of the Dust

When We Talk About Feminism at a Film Festival, What Are We Talking About?: The 1st China Women’s Film Festival

When we talk about feminism what are we talking about? Equal rights, physical difference, female sexuality, female subjectivity, subversion of patriarchy, power relations and…? All

Sentimental Education

“Life is Not a Walk Across a Field”: the 43rd International Film Festival Rotterdam

If there was a dominant theme to come out of the critical coverage of this year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam (IIFR), it was one of


Uncomfortably at Home: German Films at the 64th Berlinale

In the press conference for Stereo, one of the Berlin Film Festival’s German films, the cast was asked why their film had already sold out


The Gleaners and Varda: The 2013 AFI FEST & American Film Market

Agnès Varda in Californialand A blonde walks in the street, sporting fashionable sunglasses; the image is in black and white, yet has a very contemporary

Leading Ladies

Structuralist Film and the Birth of Surveillance: The 2013 Alternativa Film/Video Festival

This second visit to Belgrade, Serbia’s Alternativa Film/Video festival opened up a response to the parallel film histories encountered at last year’s attendance (documented in

Norte, the End of History

The Cycle of Cinema: The 22nd Brisbane International Film Festival

In Lav Diaz’s Norte, hangganan ng kasaysayan (Norte, the End of History), a 250-minute musing upon the reality of transgression and the perception of transformation,

This World Made Itself

How Not to Drown at Sea: The 33rd Sundance Film Festival and the 22nd Pan African Film and Arts Festival

Looking over the Frontier It’s a pity that, at Sundance, we are so busy trying to discover the next hot feature that the wonderful offerings

Pussy Riot poster

Cold Song: The 37th Göteborg International Film Festival

The times when the North was the place of dragons are long gone. Viking ships don’t sail off the Scandinavian frozen shores anymore. Nowadays Sweden


Sheer Playfulness and Deadly Seriousness: On Watching Avant-Garde Shorts at the 43rd International Film Festival Rotterdam

“Most of the filmmakers I cover don’t get paid to make their films, so why should I expect to get paid to write about them?”

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