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January 2015 Viewing Diary

I’m going to start listing everything I saw each month. It’ll be a good way for me to keep track, and also a good record for my end-of-year lists. So here’s everything I watched in January, 2015. Inherent Vice (2014; … Continue reading

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Wadjda (2013); written/directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour

The behind-the-scenes stories would be enough to put Wadjda in the history books: The first film to be shot inside Saudi Arabia. By a Saudi director. A female Saudi director. Because of the restrictions placed on women in the public … Continue reading

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“I was really nervous; everyone was nervous,” said the film’s director, one founder of Red Wax. “We didn’t have a plan if [police came]. Everyone parked away from the place. We sent them directions by text message to their mobiles or rang them. Our fears are just to get caught or sent to jail.”

A secret cinema in Saudi Arabia. Courage. I send them my best, and my admiration.

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The Books: “The Saudis: Inside the Desert Kingdom” (Sandra Mackey)

History bookshelf: Next book on the shelf is The Saudis: Inside the Desert Kingdom by Sandra Mackey. Sandra Mackey, a journalist, lived in Saudi Arabia in the late 1970s, early 80s. Her husband was there in Riyadh, a doctor on … Continue reading

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