Movie blog

Cuban revolution; freedom of expression; four amazing actors

 

I first read ‘Before Night Falls’ (Antes Que Anochezca, 1992)while studying for myunder-grad degree. Then I discovered the movie, andif Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn and Olivier Martinez (plus a small partby thethen unknown Diego Luna) aren’tfour reasons-enough to watch the film then there’s alsothe amazing black and whiteactual footage of Castro triumphantlyentering Havana in 1969.An autobiography of the Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas,both paper and celluloid describe vividly hislife under the repressive socialist régime,his sexual experimentation, stints in and out of prison, the danger and importance in defending freedomof expression and thelife-threatening lengths people will go to in order to find liberty.

Murakami classic finally makes it onto the big screen

 

Anybody interested in Japanese culture has read at least one Haruki Murakami novel, and it is likely that one novel would be the emotional and nostalgic Norwegian Wood (1987) -the tale of sex,loss and mental illnessthatbrought Murakami world-wide success.

Africa United

 

In the spirit of sharing and improvingour knowledge,and the world,here’s the beginning ofa movie blog tomatchthe book blog.

The first movie I’d liketo highlighthas just been released this weekend -Africa United: a road movie with a difference. Five kids on a mission to get to the World Cup in South Africa, hitching a ride all the way from Rwanda. Ultimately thisis a veryuplifting film butit isstill very real and manages to tackle some of theheavy issuesaffecting Africa – thethousands of AIDS orphans, child soldiers, teenage sex workers, internal refugee camps and the DRC,Africa’s heart of darkness. Go support it!