Movie blog

Cuban revolution; freedom of expression; four amazing actors

 

I first read ‘Before Night Falls’ (Antes Que Anochezca, 1992) while studying for my under-grad degree. Then I discovered the movie, and if Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn and Olivier Martinez (plus a small part by the then unknown Diego Luna) aren’t four reasons-enough to watch the film then there’s also the amazing black and white actual footage of Castro triumphantly entering Havana in 1969.  An autobiography of the Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas, both paper and celluloid describe vividly his life under the repressive socialist régime, his sexual experimentation, stints in and out of prison, the danger and importance in defending freedom of expression and the life-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 illness that brought Murakami world-wide success.

Africa United

 

In the spirit of sharing and improving our knowledge, and the world, here’s the beginning of a movie blog to match the book blog.

The first movie I’d like to highlight has 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 this is a very uplifting film but it is still very real and manages to tackle some of the heavy issues affecting Africa – the thousands of AIDS orphans, child soldiers, teenage sex workers, internal refugee camps and the DRC, Africa’s heart of darkness. Go support it!