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The French economist Thomas Piketty wrote a book in 2013 that became popular overnight. It presented a dim view of the current state of capitalism and suggested radical fixes which were widely deliberated around the world. Though the topic intrigued me a lot, the size of over 800 pages stopped me from reading the book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century”. Now, Director Justin Pemberton from New Zealand has made a movie of it titled “Capital in the Twenty-First Century”, and that made it convenient for me to learn about it. The film is available on these online services for a…

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,…

The Trader (2018) is a documentary film from Netflix that follows a travelling trader in the Republic of Georgia (near Russia). He buys second-hand items from the city (Tbilisi) and goes to the remote villages to sell them for exchange of Potatoes. Surprisingly, Potatoes are the main currency of exchange in the remote villages of Georgia. Though it is short, the film shows us what the country life in these parts will be, and the aspirations of people living here. It is available on Netflix.

An unexpected great film! I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. Don’t miss it. The Two Popes (2019), released in Netflix two days ago, is a semi-fictional documentary based on true events that happened in the Holy Vatican a few years ago. The film by Fernando Meirelles follows the meetings between the Holy Pope Benedict XVI and (then) Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio in 2012 to 2013, which leads to the resignation by the former and the later ascending to become the new pope – Holy Pope Francis. The Cardinal from Argentina, who is disappointed with the way the Catholic Church was handling the recent…

If you have a Netflix subscription, stop reading this blog and watch this Oscar winner, the best documentary short of the year – Period. End of Sentence (2018). It is about female menstruation and the taboo associated with it, even among girls it is a subject that’s often shunned at.  Set in Hapur village outside Delhi, the 26-minute film was about making people talk about it –  both the men and the women, the young and the old, talk about “Periods”. It is amusing and shameful at the same time, to see people embarrassed to acknowledge that they know what’s…