Film of the Fortnight: Persepolis

Persepolis (2007) Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud Persepolis is a French-Iranian animated film written and directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. It is based on Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel of the same name and depicts her childhood and young adulthood in Tehran and Vienna against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution. Persepolis beautifully balances political and personal issues, historical events and everyday occurrences,…

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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: 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: Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies (1988) Isao Takahata Very beautiful, profoundly gripping and utterly saddening – that is one way to sum up this animated film written and directed by Isao Takahata and produced by Studio Ghibli. Set in Japan during the final months of the Second World War, it depicts the hardships and good times…

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