Movie review: With a deadly nightclub fire at its center, Romanian documentary 'Collective' is an eerily prescient investigation of political corruption surrounding health care crisis
There’s a quiet, breathtaking power to Alexander Nanau’s documentary “Collective,” Romania’s official Oscar entry this year. A propulsive urgency propels the film along, derived not from manipulative storytelling techniques, but simply facts, information carefully observed, imparted plainly and with such a lack of melodrama, you could miss something crucial if you aren’t paying attention to every word. Because what’s at stake in “Collective” are facts themselves, in the wake of a deadly 2015 nightclub fire in Bucharest, Romania, a crisis that revealed entrenched corruption at every level of th...
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‘Hold-Up’: French ‘documentary’ lends voice to Covid-19 conspiracy theories
Lampooned by experts and debunked by fact-checkers, the controversial French film “Hold-Up” claims to uncover a global conspiracy by world elites to control citizens through the Covid-19 pandemic. FRANCE 24 takes a look at the reasons for its astonishing success.As France grapples with its second Covid-19 wave and nationwide lockdown, “Hold-Up”, an almost three-hour-long film berating French and other leaders for their handling of the pandemic, has become the talk of the country.Financed through a crowd-funding campaign and directed by former journalist Pierre Barnérias, the film claims to rev...
“Endless Corridor” available on Amazon Prime
By Laman IsmayilovaAmazon Prime has added the award-winning documentary “Endless Corridor” on the Khojaly tragedy to its library.Narrated by the Oscar-winning British actor Jeremy Irons, “Endless Corridor” tells of the heart-rending human rights tragedy in 1992 when hundreds of Azerbaijanis were massacred after Armenians stormed the city of Khojaly.The film features interviews with the survivors and spine chilling admissions from the perpetrators.The premiere of the documentary was held at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in July 2014. Gerald Rafshoon (US), a Grammy Awar...
Explainer: How the Hong Kong authorities cracked down on public broadcaster RTHK
Hong Kong’s government-funded broadcaster, Radio Television Hong Kong, is under fire again. Last week, police arrested freelance TV producer Bao Choy, alleging that during her reporting she had made a false statement under the Road Traffic Ordinance to obtain information on vehicle owners.The documentary that Choy produced –“7.21: Who Owns the Truth”– for Hong Kong Connection investigated individuals who might have been involved in the Yuen Long MTR attacks last year, one of the most notorious incidents during months of pro-democracy protests.Police were widely accused of failing to take timel...
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The End of the Storm: Official Liverpool documentary full details & how to watch
After a 30-year wait, Liverpool finally won an English top-flight title in 2019-20 amidst the massive disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.And now, to celebrate a 19th league title, the club have announced details of an official new documentary that covers the win.What is The End of the Storm?The End of the Storm is a new official Liverpool documentary directed by Emmy-nominated James Erskine that tells the story of the Reds' first-ever Premier League triumph in 2019-20.It is the length of a feature film and offers an inside look on Liverpool's championship glory.Goal 50 Revealed: The b...
Two young Black women Chicago activists are at the center of the new documentary 'Unapologetic'
CHICAGO — When filmmaker Ashley O’Shay began work on her documentary “Unapologetic,” two Chicago police killings were at the forefront of efforts for accountability and reform: That of Rekia Boyd, the 22-year-old Black woman who was fatally shot in the back of the head by Dante Servin, an off-duty police detective, and Laquan McDonald, the 17-year-old Black teenager who was shot and killed by Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke.The lives and work of two young Black women activists, Janaé Bonsu and Ambrell Gambrell (who raps under the name Bella Bahhs), are at the center of “Unapologetic,” wh...
'I Am Greta' - A new documentary on world's most loved youth activist
Two years ago, on a summer's day, a school student held a strike, launching a movement that continues to make waves worldwide.After the summer holidays, rather than returning to school, Greta Thunberg went to stage her own climate protest in front of Sweden's parliament.Thunberg was soon joined by many others and now, young people around the world have joined the struggle to protect the climate.A new film "I Am Greta" helps us get closer to Thunberg, who is now 17 years old.After a cinema launch in some countries in October, the film is set for an international online release on November 13 wi...
David Beckham lands '£16 million Netflix deal for documentary'
David Beckham has reportedly landed a £16 million deal with Netflix for a documentary about his life.The programme is set to feature never-before-seen, intimate camcorder video recordings from some of the former England football captain's birthdays and Christmases as a child, as well as a focus on his relationship with wife Victoria Beckham, 46, over the years, and the programme will include interviews and commentary from his significant other, and their children Brooklyn, 21, Romeo, 18, Cruz, 15, and nine-year-old Harper.A source said: "This is a real coup for Netflix - and will show a comple...
TEST YOURSELF: Get some K-pop
Photo courtesy of NetflixBlackpink documentary director talks about the K-pop idols*Test Yourself is where you can improve your reading skills\. Whether it’s for tests like University Entrance Exams or IELTS and TOEFL, or even just for fun, these stories help you to read, understand and improve your English\.__You can download a PDF of this story to be used in class or at home. Click the link below. *Read the following story by Tatat Bunnag from the Bangkok Post. Then, answer the questions that follow.__South Korean pop sensation Blackpink star in a new documentary, Blackpink: Light Up The Sky...
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Faces behind the stars
Whether you’re just a casual fan or a full time “blink”, everyone can take delight in the fact that South Korean pop sensation Blackpink — an all-girl group — teamed up with Netflix. Recently, a documentary about the group titled Blackpink: Light Up The Sky was released to overwhelmingly positive feedback.Directed by Korean American filmmaker Caroline Suh and produced by RadicalMedia, Light Up The Sky reveals the inside story of each Blackpink member — Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa — and follows the girls on their journey from their early days in training at YG Entertainment to becoming househo...
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