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  Arts News From Around the World:
October 2001
Thailand and Laos: Face-Off over a Film
Its script is not yet complete and not a single scene has been shot, but a proposed film about the woman believed to have staved off a Lao invasion of Thailand centuries ago is reviving old suspicions between the neighboring countries.

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Africa's Rock Art Revealed | The East African, Nairobi

September 2001
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Hollywood Comes to Maputo
| The Independent, London
Preserving the Music of the Laz | Le Monde, Paris

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August 2001
Gilberto Gil performs in Brazil (Photo: Livio Campos)
Nascimento and Gil: Faith in Music
Brazilian musician Milton Nascimento is as happy as a child with the latest musical creature that, together with Gilberto Gil, he’s given birth to. The 15-song CD, titled Gil & Milton—Milton & Gil, has been described by critics as historic. These two national monuments in Brazilian culture have come together after 30 years during which the two singers admired each other from a distance.

In an article for Madrid's El País, Juan Arias talks with Nascimento about his latest album. Full Story...

July 2001 (VOL. 48, No. 7)

Infamy! Infamy!

Jonathan Jones, writing for the liberal London daily, The Guardian, may have written one of the nastiest—and funniest—reviews of an art show ever published. Read Story

Black and Blue in Nova Scotia
“If the Carson Downey Band were a fighter, it would be Mike Tyson. Every show the pride of North Preston, Nova Scotia, gives, it seems, is a battle for the allegiance of the audience. The trio likes to come out swinging, but instead of biting ears, they make them ring with a sonic assault that has left a veteran bluesman or two on the ropes...”

Lenny Stoute reports for Toronto's centrist Globe and Mail.

Arts News at a Glance:
Nigeria: Straight to Video
“‘The potential’s huge. There are 45 million VCRs in Nigeria. Four out of 10 black people are Nigerians. We could be the India of Africa. In fact, we’re a bit like Hong Kong in the days before America had heard of John Woo or Jackie Chan!’ says Amaka Igwe. She is the chief executive officer of Moving Pictures and has produced three videos, each of which sold over 100,000 copies.”

—Jean-Christophe Servant, Le Monde Dipolomatique (liberal monthly), Paris, France, February 2001. From the May 2001 issue of World Press Review (VOL.48, No.5).

Kashmir Dispute on Screen
“After fighting over Kashmir on the diplomatic front for decades, Pakistan and India have taken their dispute onto the big screen, which critics say will only fuel animosity between the longtime enemies. A series of films released in the past few months by the Pakistani film industry, popularly called Lollywood, have themes centered on allegations of human-rights abuses by Indian security forces against the people of Indian-administered Kashmir.”

—Muddassir Rizvi, Inter Press Service (international news agency), Rome, Italy, Feb. 26, 2001. From the May 2001 issue of World Press Review (VOL.48, No.5).

Congolese Music on Top
“Greed for its rich resources may have sucked dozens of African and foreign powers into its conflicts over the decades. Still, the Democratic Republic of Congo, a vast Central African nation of 51 million people, is loved in Africa for an entirely different reason: its music and dance.”

—John Kamau, Gemini News Service, London, England, Jan. 26, 2001. From the April 2001 issue of World Press Review (VOL. 48, No. 4).
Japan: A Battle Royale over Movie Violence
“A movie depicting graphically violent teenagers is packing theaters in Japan, but sociologists and politicians say it is not welcome amid rising youth violence. Thus far, film critics have given high marks to the movie, Battle Royale, which hit 200 Japanese cinemas in late December. It has been given a rare R15 rating by Eirin, Japan’s censorship board.”

—Suvendrini Kakuchi, Inter Press Service (international news agency), Rome, Italy, Dec. 29, 2000. From the March 2001 issue of World Press Review (VOL.48, No.3).

Another Side of Sudan
“When people in Uganda and Kenya think about Sudan, all that comes to mind is the war in the south, says Sudanese artist Salah Ammar, a resident of Nairobi who is having a two-week exhibition in Kampala at Tulifanya Gallery. Indeed, a weary look crosses his face as he replies to questions about the SPLA (Sudan People’s Liberation Army). You get the feeling that he has been asked about the war in southern Sudan many times before.”

—David Kaiza, The East African (independent weekly), Nairobi, Kenya, Dec. 4-10, 2000. From the March 2001 issue of World Press Review (VOL 48, No.3).

The Art of Exploitation
“Johnny Warangkula doesn’t paint anymore. The frail desert master, now almost blind, sits outside his ramshackle house in Papunya [Northern Territory, Australia], staring blankly across the western desert to the blue hills nearby.”

—Dennis Schulz, The Age (centrist), Melbourne, Australia, Nov. 10, 2000. From the February 2001 issue of World Press Review (VOL. 48, No.2).