Pocket cinema: The Children of Darfur by Camilla Nielsson

February 28, 2010

This week I’m going to be mostly concentrated on watching great documentary films at the festival ZagrebDox… Thus, this post is strongly connected with its programme… Camilla Nielsson will present within the programme her latest film ‘Cities on Speed – Mumbai Disconnected‘… and as an intro to moviecholic atmosphere here is her award winning documentary from 2007 ‘The Children of Darfur’…

Photo above: Excerpt from the film The Children of Darfur
Photo bellow: Georgina Cranston (c) taken from UNICEF

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Interview with Chao Gan: Watching films is like dreaming

December 29, 2009

Chao Gan’s striking documentary The Red Race was the winner of Zagreb Film Festival in 2008. This year Gan was a jury member in documentary competition of the same festival. It was really a great opportunity to talk with him about his career, The Red Race and development of documentary genre in China.


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Get educated with comics…

January 3, 2008


Well, I’m a comic fan, you know. O.K., I call it graphic novel… Yeah, a little bit snobbish. I have found this evening great news from API in my mail box, so this is where America goes regarding education and comics (yeah, you can count on it! :), and I find that incredibly interesting. Read:

Comic Books in the Classroom

Teachers are finding it easier to teach writing, grammar and punctuation by using The Comic Book Project in their classrooms, says a N.Y. Times editorial (1/3/08). The Comic Book Project, run out of Teachers College at New York’s Columbia University by its founder Michael Bitz, encourages struggling young readers to plot, write and draw comic books, in many cases using themes from their own lives. Since its creation, the program, which is mainly conducted after school, has spread to more than 850 urban and rural schools across the country. It has gotten a big push from the current craze among adolescents for comic-book clubs and for manga, a wildly popular variety of comic originating in Japan. The pairing of visual and written plotlines that they rely on appear to be especially helpful to struggling readers.

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