BRUSSELS: British film director Ken Loach faced an anti-Semitism row in Belgium on Thursday after Prime Minister Charles Michel led opposition to him being granted a university doctorate. Michel joined Jewish groups in expressing regret that the Free University of Brussels, one of the country's leading institutions and the one at which he studied law, had decided to bestow the honourary degree on Loach. Loach, a long-term leftist and supporter of the Palestinian cause, has come under fire after making controversial comments about Holocaust denial in a broadcast interview in 2017, but strongly denies being anti-Semitic. "Our firmness must be total. No accommodation with anti-semitism can be tolerated, whatever the form. That also goes for my alma mater," Michel said during a visit to Belgium's Grand Synagogue. Accepting the honour later Thursday, Loach said he had been shocked to have to defend himself against the allegations after a career spent defending human rights and social … [Read more...] about Belgian award for director Ken Loach sparks anti-Semitism row
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caption Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his followers source Netflix Netflix’s new 6-part docuseries, “Wild Wild Country,” has become its latest sleeper hit. Business Insider talked to the directors of the series, which takes an in-depth look at a cult that attempted to build a utopian city in rural Oregon in the 80s. The show is filled with “insane” details – from guns, to Rolls Royces, to salad bar poisoning – but the real accomplishment of the series is how it captures compelling characters on both sides of the conflict between the cult and the local townspeople. When documentary filmmaker brothers Chapman and Maclain Way first heard the story of the rise and fall of Rajneeshpuram, a utopian city in Oregon built in the 1980s by followers of an Indian guru, they thought it was “actually insane.” It’s not hard to see why. The story, which … [Read more...] about How the directors of Netflix’s ‘Wild Wild Country’ unraveled the morally complex story behind a cult famous for sex, Rolls Royces, and bioterrorism
Decades ago, when Madhubala had to play the enchained imprisoned Anarkali in K. Asif's "Mughal-e-Azam", she insisted on wearing those heavy iron chains even though the doctors said it could kill her. The actress thought it was worth the risk. Close on the heels, last week, the female leads in both the releases were subjected to sadism and forced self-flagellation by what one can refer to as a stern fallback to sexism -- the male gaze. In the haunting Hindi film "Pari", Anushka Sharma is chained, whipped, thrown violently to the ground and made into an ideal candidate for a trauma centre. Jennifer Lawrence in last week's big Hollywood film "Red Sparrow" is a woman on a mission who is at the receiving end of a torrent of abuse. And I do mean that in a sexual way. Hard up for money and in dire need of financial help to tend to her seriously ailing mother (played by Joely Richardson, daughter to the legendary Vanessa Redgrave), Dominika Egorova becomes a Russian spy. In case you haven't … [Read more...] about How two recent brutal roles made actresses shine in tough film industry?
Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma, who directed Sridevi in films like "Great Robbery", "Govindhaa... Govindhaa..." and "Hairaan", says that the late actress has been a "very unhappy woman" and her life was a "classic case of how each person's actual life is completely different from how the world perceives it". Sridevi, 54, died on Saturday in a Dubai hotel bathroom. The autopsy report called it an "accidental drowning" in the bathtub. In a personal note on her, Varma says that she was the most desirable woman and the biggest superstar of the country but that's'just a part of the story. He wrote: "For many, Sridevi's life was perfect. Beautiful face, great talent, a seemingly stable family with two beautiful daughters. From outside, everything looked so enviable and desirable... But was Sridevi a very happy person and did she lead a very happy life?" Varma says that he was aware of her life from the time he first met her for his film "Kshana Kshanam." "I saw with my own eyes how her life was … [Read more...] about Sridevi led sordid, solo and very unhappy life, says director Ram Gopal Varma
Singaporean producer Low Ser En has won a Bafta award for Best British Short Animation for her stop-motion short Poles Apart. The 12-minute film, about a polar bear and a grizzly bear who are brought together by their changing habitats, is the graduation project of a multinational team of 10 students from Britain's National Film and Television School (NFTS). The annual Bafta awards are widely seen as the British equivalent of the Oscars in Hollywood. Poles Apart beat two other films: Have Heart, about a looping gif that has an existential crisis, and Mamoon, which tells the story of a mother forced to leave her home with her child using projected animation on polystyrene film sets. Ms Low, 27, who returned to Singapore on Tuesday night after her triumph in London on Sunday, told The Straits Times that the team was "very surprised" by the win. "It was incredible," she said. "We were very surprised and very happy about it. It was a huge moment for us, it came after a year of festival … [Read more...] about Singaporean producer wins a Bafta for animated short film