film

6:45am

Wed January 15, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 1/15/14

A Big Screen Must See

Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray is India’s most acclaimed filmmaker.  But from Friday, January 17th, film lovers in the Bay Area will be able to see something people in India don’t really get to experience anymore. The films of Ray, restored and cleaned, on the big screen.

The Pacific Film Archive will screen the films of Satyajit Ray starting Jan. 17th.

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6:02pm

Tue December 10, 2013
Arts & Culture

Another Hole In The Head film festival marks 10th anniversary

Movie still from ‘The Shining: Forwards and Backwards’

  Another Hole in the Head is the most popular indie horror and sci-fi film fest in San Francisco and it is marking its tenth year this month by expanding its usual two-week run to three with more locations, more movies, and more local filmmakers. George Kaskanlian spoke with KALW’s Ashleyanne Krigbaum about what creeps you’re in for this year.

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9:47am

Thu October 24, 2013
Arts & Culture

Film of first Saudi Arabian female director showing in the Bay Area

We’re used to making movies here in California, but there are still places in the world where that art form is rare. Like in Saudi Arabia, which recently submitted an entry to the Foreign Film category of the Academy Awards for the first time ever. 

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6:45am

Wed September 25, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 9/25

I Love You Box

a Dabbawala delivers food.
Wikipedia

Love in India is often over the top. In the weekly magazine Open I read about a 30-year old lawyer in the town of Patna. He leaves I love you notes for his girlfriend written in blood. But he doesn’t slit his wrists to do it because  he says one needs to be innovative, not stupid. So it’s a little surprising to find a Hindi film making a splash with a love story so low key, so subtle, one can hardly call it a romance. The lovers don’t meet. They just exchange notes in a lunchbox. Real handwritten notes . About life. And food.

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6:45am

Wed June 12, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 6/12

Revolutionary Optimists

Children spreading the word about polio vaccination day
The Revolutionary Optimists http://revolutionaryoptimists.org

Whenever I hear the words film, slum, Kolkata my heart sinks a little. Whether it’s an Oscar winning documentary or a feature film, it always feels a little queasy – the poor as the object of pity.

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