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Podcast featuring discussions and interviews about the cultural happenings in the United Arab Emirates presented by Hind Mezaina (The Culturist) and Wael Hattar.

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Thursday
Feb252010

Review: Miroir Noir at Mahmovies

Film still from Miroir Noir

Miroir Noir, a music documentary about Arcade Fire was screened at the closing night of Mahmovies winter season on 17th Feb. It is a beautiful film, on so many levels.

It follows the band during rehearsals, concerts and many random moments in various locations. It doesn’t contain any actual dialogue between the band members and the viewer, so there’s nothing like the band explaining what they do, what this song means, etc. You are thrown straight into the band’s music and their interaction amongst themselves – which is the real dialogue they are having with us, the viewer.

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Wednesday
Feb242010

My workplace is wonderful and I want to share it

A short film competition called "My workplace is wonderful and I want to share it" launched by UK based job site reed.co.uk has very touching entries. Here are my 3 favourite clips.

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Sunday
Feb212010

Les Dangereux

Les Dangereux from RedForty on Vimeo.

 

This is a great animated short movie by Daniel Klug.


www.lesdangereux.com
www.danieltheanimator.com

Saturday
Feb202010

For the love of film - Women from old days of yore

For this last post that is part of the For the love of film blogathon, I am sharing three clips, also from the BFI Archive, dedicated to the women from the days of yore. Entertaining and also interesting to see how much has changed and yet in some aspects, some things are still the same.

The first clip shows Victorian women demonstrating their cycling skills. Not clear what was the objective of this film, but great too see how they pulled it off despite their long skirts.



This clip shows an alternative to girls sending out Valentine greetings, the “Kiss Valentine” – send one with an imprint of a lipstick instead of the traditional valentine card.



This last clip, and my favourite (can I confess I love their swimsuits?), shows girls frolicking around a pool. It’s like a 1920’s version of girls gone wild. Not too sure what was the objective of this film, but I wonder if this was an excuse for a bunch of men to film some girls by the poolside.


If you are interested, here are links to read my previous posts for this blogathon:
For the love of film - Tibet
For the love of film - The Open Road
For the love of film - The smallest car in the largest city in the world
For the love of film - Preservation of film

 


This final post is part of the For the Love of Film Blogathon, hosted by Ferdy on Films and The Self-Styled Siren and sponsored by The National Film Preservation Foundation, an independent, nonprofit organization created by the U.S. Congress to help save America’s film heritage. They work directly with archives to rescue endangered films that will not survive without public support. Please donate.


Related links:
www.selfstyledsiren.blogspot.com
www.ferdyonfilms.com
www.filmpreservation.org
For the Love of Film blog
For the Love of Film on Facebook
BFI National Archive

Friday
Feb192010

For the love of film - Tibet

The Lost World of Tibet is another gem from the BFI Archive, a film series shot in Tibet in the 1940s, before the Chinese occupation. It includes some great footage of the Dalai Lama as a child and other scenes like traditional ceremonies, street life, children playing - showing a Tibet that is no more. 

This clip shows footage of the current Dalai Lama (then still a very young boy) and his family. It includes a procession of high-ranking men and women, followed by a procession with the Dalai Lama in a golden palanquin (his presence indicated by the peacock feather umbrella being carried alongside). The video ends with an adorable scene of children paying on a frozen lake in Lhasa.

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Friday
Feb192010

For the love of film - The Open Road

 

A 'cinematic postcard of Britain in the 1920s', The Open Road is a very charming and this one is in colour. More clips are added below. Enjoy.

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Friday
Feb192010

For the love of film - The smallest car in the largest city in the world

Being from Dubai, a city that always like to promote the biggest and tallest, I was delighted to see this gem  called 'The smallest car in the largest city in the world', filmed in London in 1913. Please watch it till the end, it is just over 6 mins long. It is too adorable, even though it was made and used for promotional purposes at the time by the car manufacturing company.

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Friday
Feb192010

For the love of film – Preservation of film

This following post is part of the For the Love of Film Blogathon, hosted by Ferdy on Films and The Self-Styled Siren and sponsored by The National Film Preservation Foundation, an independent, nonprofit organization created by the U.S. Congress to help save America’s film heritage. They work directly with archives to rescue endangered films that will not survive without public support.  Please donate.

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Thursday
Feb182010

The beauty of a camel

Photo by Hind Mezaina taken in Petra, Jordan.

I heard this report about a camel beauty contest that ended a few days ago at Al-Dhafra Festival in Abu Dhabi. This contest has been going on for past three years and I never knew much about it till now. I had no idea the amount of rigorous judging that went on and that millions of dollars was at stake.

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Thursday
Feb182010

Life flows better with Visa



It's on very rare occasions when I love a TV commercial, and last night was one of those times. This commercial for Visa by Saatchi & Saatchi is genius.

I only get interested in football (soccer to the Americains.. yes I'm saying Americains in a terrible French accent) during the World Cup and occasionally during the Euro Cup. With this year's FIFA World Cup in South Africa a few months away, I guess we will start seeing plenty of commercials and promotons leading to the event, hopefully as good as this one.