Launch of the Tianhe module to the Chinese Space Station

With a deadly pandemic raging outside, this may not be the time to look above us into the skies. But a future cold war like situation, is building up there. The International Space Station (ISS) is one of the marvels of humanity, a global initiative – only the Chinese are the large nation to get left out & no Chinese has been onboard ISS due to a US Congressional ban. ISS was a successor to the Soviet Mir program and ISS was built at a cost of over US$150 Billion…

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…

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…

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.…

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…