The humans behind the numbers: unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan seeking asylum in Sweden – part 2

This article is the second part of a series, launched by The Beautiful Wild, on the situation of unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan seeking asylum in Sweden. (The first part, which contains background information, you can find here.) The aim of the series is to share the thoughts and experiences of some of these individuals, too…

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Film of the Fortnight: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Hayao Miyazaki Environmental destruction, fear, conflict, warfare and compassion. Those are the central themes of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, a Japanese animated science fiction/fantasy adventure film written and directed by anime grandmaster Hayao Miyazaki. The film, which takes place in a distant post-apocalyptic future,…

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The humans behind the numbers: unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan seeking asylum in Sweden – part 1

This article is the first part of a series, launched by The Beautiful Wild, on the situation of unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan seeking asylum in Sweden. The aim of the series is to share the thoughts and experiences of some of these individuals, too often obscured behind numbers and terminology like “a wave of refugees”….

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Film of the Fortnight: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) John Cameron Mitchell Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a musical comedy drama film based on an off-Broadway glam rock musical with the same name. It was adapted for the screen and directed by John Cameron Mitchell who, together with Stephen Trask, also wrote the play. Mitchell furthermore plays…

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The Festival of Political Photography 2017: Post-Food | The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland

It was with some trepidation I approached the Finnish Museum of Photography located in the southwestern part of Helsinki. My dread stemmed from knowing what awaited me inside was the Festival of Political Photography 2017: Post-Food, an exhibition aimed at shedding light on the environmental, ethical and societal ramifications of food. Such an exhibition is…

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Film of the Fortnight: Come and see

Come and See (1985) Elem Klimov There are good films and there are great films. There are awful films and there are gruesome films. Come and See is a great and gruesome film. As a skillfully crafted and excellently acted Soviet war drama that takes place during the Nazi German occupation of the Belorussian SSR…

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Film of the Fortnight: The Triplets of Belleville

The Triplets of Belleville (2003) Sylvain Chomet The Triplets of Belleville is a French animated comedy and adventure film like no other, written and directed by Sylvain Chomet. What sets it apart is the animation and the narration. It is skillfully caricaturististic in style, rich in detail and full of surreal touches. Furthermore it features…

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Film of the Fortnight: Ida

Ida (2013) Paweł Pawlikowski Ida is a black and white Polish drama directed by Paweł Pawlikowski and written by Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz. The protagonist of the film is a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who is about to take her vows – first she just has to pay her only living relative a…

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Film of the Fortnight: Death in Venice

Death in Venice (1971) Luchino Visconti In 1912 Thomas Mann wrote the magnificent novella Death in Venice. In 1971 Luchino Visconti co-scripted, co-produced and directed a great adaptation of that novella. The story is well known: the middle-aged Gustav von Aschenbach travels to Venice and soon finds himself smitten with the stunningly beautiful adolescent boy…

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Film of the Fortnight: Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue (1997) Satoshi Kon A pop star wants to quit music to pursue an acting career and soon finds herself struggling to separate reality from fiction. That is the premise of Perfect Blue, a Japanese animated psychological thriller that appropriately has been described as “Hitchcock does anime”. Hitchcock is however not the man behind…

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