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Nosilatiaj. La Belleza (2012) is a film from the Argentina countryside. It is about a girl “Yolanda” from the local Wichi tribe, who is residing as a house maid with a Spanish descendant (criollo) family of “Sara”, the housewife running the house. Directed by Daniela Seggiaro, the film is narrated from Yola’s point of view. Though Sara’s family is not rich, her husband works in the city and lives most of the time with his mother, the family treats Yola well. The story is about Yola’s connection to her culture and struggle to remember it through her dark, long hair. Unfortunately,…

Red Carpet aka Tapete Vermelho (2005) is a Brazilian Comedy Drama by Director Luís Alberto Pereira. It is made available for free online viewing here (valid till 16th Oct 2020) by Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation with the help of Embassy of Brazil. Quinzinho is a hard-working farmer with a small plot of land in the country side in Brazil. He leads a happy life with his wife Zulmira, a devout Christian & a local healer; and his young boy Neco. Quinzinho promises to take his boy to see a movie by Brazil’s famous comedian of a bygone era Mazzaropi (1912-1981)…

What is good can have dire consequences too! I learned from this engaging podcast from Freakonomics (if you haven’t read the fantastic book, stop and immediately get it) on how the food policies of the USA in the early and mid-20th century, planned with good intentions and valid reasons led to industrialized crop growing, supermarkets, death of small farmers, obesity, our addiction to sweet in everything we eat, active encouragement of a carbohydrate diet (the resulting discouragement of fruits and vegetables), and, many more: The first world war accelerated the demand for more food production, which led the Government (United…

This is a book I bought on a whim after reading Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, but have been avoiding to read. You may ask why? Because, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi deals a subject we all fear to confront, and that is death. Paul was a talented Neurosurgeon, who had treated numerous patients, before being diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer and dying at the early age of 36. Before coming to medicine, Paul had a Masters in English Literature and maybe because of this, his prose in the book was very fluent. The language in the first…

American Factory (2019) is an engaging documentary from Netflix, that is not to be missed. It highlights the biggest problem facing Americans in recent years. Do American really want the “tough” manufacturing jobs back in the USA? Are they ready to accept Chinese money and invite Chinese people into their workplace? Is there any hope for the American working class? The film by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert follows the opening of a Chinese company-Fuyao’s factory in Dayton, Ohio in the site of a closed GM facility. As the film starts, we get transported inside the factory and the community,…