Cake, a Pakistani film challenging conservative norms

Rubab Zaidi talks about why ‘Cake’, a film about progressive values and global families, is revitalising Lollywood Read More

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Satire, stigma, witchcraft and wit; “I Am Not A Witch”

Zambian-Welsh filmmaker Rungano Nyoni’s new film is a poignant and powerful story, exploring what happens when misogyny and belief in the supernatural meet Read More

Daughters of the Dust: Inspiring black story telling for a generation

By Precious Agbabiaka I remember just over a year ago being completely captivated by Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade. The scenes belonging to the chapters “Hope” and “Redemption” from the hour long masterpiece brought me so much joy and renewed sense of pride as I bore witness to black girls and women, including some familiar faces,… Read More

A Moving Image: telling the story of gentrification in Brixton

by Shane Thomas Content note: this review contains minor spoilers I’ve always found watching a movie, especially in the cinema, to be an act of psychological – albeit synthetic – transport. Being taken to a space different than the one I inhabit, engaging with new people, perspectives, and locations that I would never otherwise encounter. However,… Read More

Flare Film Festival: are LGBT stories moving out of the margins?

by Winnie M Li  In the wake of Moonlight’s Oscar triumph, what role do LGBT film festivals continue to play?  This question lingered over the latest edition of BFI Flare, which ran 16-26 March at the British Film Institute (BFI) in London. In 2017, are LGBT stories finally moving out of the margins and into the… Read More

GLITCH: the film festival seizing space for queer people of colour

by Rosie Lewis From homophobic and state violence, to the relentless attacks of white supremacy, capitalism and patriarchy and questions of how these threats can be resolved; GLITCH is a film festival that addresses some of the most pressing issues in society. Returning to Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) this year, it promises to showcase an… Read More

Hollywood’s Awards Season Fascination with Rape and Sexual Abuse

by Winnie M Li  Content warning: includes references to rape and sexual abuse A few months ago at the Golden Globes, Isabelle Huppert won a Golden Globe for playing a rape survivor, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson won for playing a rapist-murderer. While subsequent awards shows haven’t panned out the same way, both actors continue to be lauded… Read More