Posts Categorized: New Films

MIFF 2015 critics campus review: The Volcano

Maria (Maria Mercedes Coroy) is a peasant farmer whose parents have arranged a marriage with the wealthy farm owner’s son, but Maria’s eyes are drawn to Pepe (Marvin Coroy), a lout who gets her pregnant. There’s a progressiveness to the matter-of-fact treatment of Maria choosing to have sex with Pepe, defying tradition and religion, but… Read more »


Description from IMDB: Bangistan is a whip smart and uproarious satire on fundamentalism and the story of two unlikely terrorists, the antitheses of each other, with a common destructive goal. Concerned by the unrest in the name of religion, Subcontinental leaders of Muslims and Hindus, the Imam and the Shankaracharya, announce that they’re attending the… Read more »

Short film on Jain ritual starvation hogs limelight at Kolkata festival

A documentary on the Jain practice of santhara, where a person takes a vow of abstinence and starves to death, has won a Special Jury award at the recently concluded Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival 2015. The 25-minute film has been written, directed and edited by Mumbai-based journalist-filmmaker Shekhar Hattangadi. The film, ‘Santhara’, focuses on… Read more »

Issues of faith win over judges at Jerusalem Film Festival

As the annual Jerusalem Film Festival closed Monday night, it was Tikkun, a quiet, thoughtful film about a serious Haredi student and his questions of faith, that won the festival’s biggest feature film award. Avishai Sivan’s Tikkun was awarded the Haggiag Family Award for Israeli Cinema for best feature. The film also won the Anat… Read more »

Kansas Congressman appears in controversial film

U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp appears in a controversial documentary, comparing gay rights to communism and saying gay marriage will bring the second coming of Jesus Christ. The Kansas Congressman joins other well-known Republicans like Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul pushing what they call a Christian message against gay marriage. We wanted to know why Huelskamp… Read more »

Tchindas Review: A documentary zeros in on a Cape Verde community’s Carnival preparations

Glue, glitter and feathers are at a premium in Tchindas, a beautifully shot vérité chronicle of the all-consuming Carnival preparations on São Vicente, Cape Verde’s second-most-populous island. A vivid sense of place, community and personalities comes through in the keenly observed film by Pablo Garcia Perez de Lara and Marc Serena, which reveals a seamless… Read more »