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    Akher ayam el madina (2016)

    Akher ayam el madina [In the Last Days of the City] is an Arabic film from Egypt, made by Director Tamer El Said. The film was an immersive tour to the life in Cairo and the region – of people who choose to live and those who leave. It was exhibited online by Goethe Institute of Bangladesh. The film follows a fictional Director Khalid (played by Khalid Abdalla) who is filming the life and soul of his city, Cairo. He doesn’t have a plan, he keeps shooting what he sees and hears in the city. There are no major dialogues explaining what he feels or does, we just go along…

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    Office Romance (1977)

    Office Romance (Sluzhebnyy roman) is a Russian Romantic Comedy from the 1970s. Watching the film feels like a time travel to Moscow of the Soviet era. Director Eldar Ryazanov has taken the familiar story of workplace love between a boss and subordinate and delivered a masterpiece by being honest to the characters portrayed and the society around them. A must-watch film that’s available for free on YouTube (Part 1 and Part 2). The entire story happens in the statistics bureau in Moscow. The film starts with workers arriving at the office through various modes of transport. We get introduced to the main characters through narration by the protagonist Anatoly Novoseltsev,…

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    Tehran Taboo (2017)

    Tehran Taboo (2017) is an animated film on the lives of three women living in Tehran. Initially, I thought the film will be about the underbelly of Tehran, but it talks about the miseries and compromises that the less-privileged go through in any of the large cities in the world. The film is available on Kanopy. The film by Ali Soozandeh – who is settled in Germany since 1995 – is intense and the storytelling is so detailed that we are quickly drawn into the lives of the main characters. The first one is a mother who raises her young son alone as her drug addict husband is behind bars…

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    Nosilatiaj.The Beauty (2012)

    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, something happens to her hair and how she gets over…

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    The House of Sand (2005)

    The House of Sand or Casa de Areia (2005) is a Brazilian Portuguese film that was part of a Brazil Film Festival by ICAF. The film had won over 12 awards including Sundance Film Festival in 2006. It had unpretentious characters and a simple story line but leaves you spellbound. The story happens in 1910, when in a far-away desert in Brazil, months away from the nearest civilization. A pregnant-lady and her old mother is brought to be settled there by her husband. Unfortunately, things don’t go as per his plan, his servants run away, the family is marooned there and shortly he dies leaving behind the two ladies to…