Films from the Bucket

By Words in the Bucket | Cinema, just like all art forms, is also a form of expression. Films have been iconic in tracing historical events, and telling remarkable story. Through this column, we will share our thoughts on films that have had a considerable impact on contemporary society dealing with social, political and racial issues.

The sound of resistance under Trump

Since the announcement of Donald Trump’s candidature, the music panorama has produced an unprecedented wave of protest songs in the US.<p>What makes …

An Open Letter to Theresa May

In my review of 2016 for WiB I concluded that ‘We shouldn’t be holding our breath to see what happens in 2017, we need to fight side-by-side building …

Shame, Rape, and Resistance

Last December, at the end of this eventful year, a new wave of protest filled the streets of Tunis following a court decision made on the 13th of …

Aid: the new frontier in the fight for justice

For decades the West’s policy in fighting global poverty has been exemplified by Bob Geldof’s immortal words: “give us the money”.<p>Millions of people …

Rules of war

On the 23rd of January 2017, the Iraqi Security forces entered the last neighborhood in the eastern part of Mosul, approaching the end of the almost …

Keeping up appearance

In the pram, a toddler snoozes in the afternoon sunshine. She is dressed in a flashy pink tutu, a tiny little leather jacket, and it is all styled …

Ethnicity in Africa: lessons to be learned?

Ethiopia is made up of numerous ethnic groups who share common characteristics. Despite the commonness, ethnic cleavages have often escalated into …

Brits opt out of human rights obligations

In 2005 the European Court of Human Rights began hearing cases of Russian human rights abuses committed during the military conflict between the …

Poverty, Inc.: The Business of Global Aid

<i>“The reason there will be no change is because the people who stand to lose from change have all the power. And the people who stand to gain from</i> …

Poverty

Persepolis

Marjane Satrapi‘s 2007 animated film ‘Persepolis’ is a moving, perceptive and funny coming-of-age tale about growing up in Tehran during the Islamic …

Non Essere Cattivo - Claudio Caligari

“Non essere cattivo” (Don’t be bad) is the third and final posthumous feature by Italian cult director Claudio Caligari who died last year from …

Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others)_Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Das Leben der Anderen (“The Life of Others”) the Oscar-winning 2006 German drama, is a remarkably authentic portrait of life in East Germany during …

German History

No - Pablo Larraìn

Can a military dictatorship fall to an advertising campaign, a cheerful one at that?<p>The affirmative answer to that question is <i>“</i><i>No”</i> the 2012 Chilean …

Chile

Pride – Matthew Warchus

The 2014 British film <i>Pride</i> is inspired by the extraordinary true story of a group of London LGBT activists who during the 1984-5 miners’ strike – the …

Dheepan - Jacques Audiard

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, the latest film from acclaimed French director Jacques Audiard is a gripping and intense …

The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer

“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets”.<p>Joshua Oppenheimer’s</i> …

District 9 - Neill Blomkamp

What if an alien spaceship landed over Johannesburg, and instead of conquering the planet the stranded visitors ended up victims of a new, …

Louisiana (The Other Side) -Roberto Minervini

The latest documentary film by Italian-born, American based, director Roberto Minervini is a disturbing yet poetic look at the hidden underbelly of …

Documentaries

Suffragette – Sarah Gavron

To celebrate yesterday’s International Women’s Day, this week we will discuss a recent film which was directed by a woman, written by a woman and …

Gender

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee, writer of “To Kill a Mockingbird”, one of last century’s most beloved authors, has died last week, aged 89. Today we want to dedicate our …

The Harder They Come – Perry Henzell

Released in 1972 (just a year before Bob Marley and the Wailers’ breakthrough international album “Catch a fire”), shot on location in the streets of …

La Haine – Mathieu Kassovitz

Do you know the story of the guy falling from a skyscraper? To reassure himself he keeps repeating “So far so good, so far so good”…But it’s not how …

The Battle of Algiers – Gillo Pontecorvo

This week’s topic builds upon another remarkable film that since its release in 1966 produced considerable political controversy, dividing critical …

Do The Right Thing- Spike Lee

Today, we launch our new column “Films From The Bucket”, where we will share our thoughts on films that have had a considerable impact on …