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To Russia, With Love

On the 7th July 1896 the Lumière brothers screened six soundless films at the Watson Hotel in Bombay as part of their roadshow which included performances by magicians. Dhundiraj Govind Phalke (Dadasaheb Phalke), the newly widowed artist and printer, shared the fin de siècle Victorian fascination with the novel and bizarre was an eager part of [...]

Of Grandmasters, Sexual Identity and Lesotho’s First Feature Film – Peter Machen Talks About the Durban International Film Festival

With its range of documentary and feature films from around the world and its role as a continental film market and laboratory, the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) is one of the most important film festivals in Africa – certainly in South Africa. Peter Machen was recently announced as the festival’s new manager, Niren Tolsi [...]

Letter From Luxor

In the marble-walled, air conditioned lobby of the five-star Sonesta Hotel in Luxor, Egypt, glamorous movie stars swan around in sequined dresses, producers take meetings with potential collaborators over laptops and coffee, exhausted-looking youngsters rush around with tripods, making short films (they have only a week to do so) under the stern gaze of Haile [...]