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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and Gil: Faith in Music
Gil performs in Brazil (Photo: Livio Campos)
Brazilian musician Milton Nascimento is as happy as a child
with the latest musical creature that, together with Gilberto
Gil, hes given birth to. The 15-song CD, titled Gil
& MiltonMilton & 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.
2001 (VOL. 48, No. 7)
Jonathan Jones, writing for the liberal London daily, The
Guardian, may have written one of
the nastiestand funniestreviews of an art show ever
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.
News at a Glance:
Straight to Video
The potentials 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, were 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
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.”
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).
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.”
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).