By Anamika Chatterjee
It must feel great to be in Guneet Monga’s shoes at the moment. Her co-production, Period. End of Sentence, a film about a group of women in rural India learning how to operate a machine that makes sanitary pads, won an Oscar this week for Best Documentary (Short Subject). In a career spanning 10 years, the 35-year-old Monga has already set her own path to acclaim having backed critically lauded films, such as The Lunchbox and Masaan. In a conversation with Khaleej Times, Monga talks about her journey that has led her to become an influential voice in indie cinema.
Continue reading Ambitious women can be seen as a threat: Monga
By Enid Grace Parker
Recently, a radio station I was tuned into played a song dating back to 1989; that got me nostalgic and I wondered — what was I up to on this particular day 30 years ago? A quick Google check informed me that it had been a Saturday, which means I would have been in school (we had only Fridays off back then). Just for fun, and because I love going down memory lane, I tried to piece together what might have transpired on that day.
Continue reading It rained this day, that year
By Sarwat Nasir
I still remember my first space-related news story. It was January 2014, I was an intern for a UAE-based tabloid newspaper and the (now infamous) Mars One programme was making headlines worldwide. I was able to break the story of an Emirati who was willing to move permanently to Mars as part of the programme.
Continue reading An out-of-this world encounter with the UAE’s first astronauts
By Suresh Pattali
Since I am a petrolhead, I would sum up my life as a hodgepodge of freeways, crossroads, roundabouts, u-turns, cul de sacs etc. One such u-turning moment brought me back to Dubai in 2010, after 10 eventful years in Southeast Asia. But it took another nine years to park myself in the same old lot from where I had taken off in 2000.
Continue reading For me, Karama is an emotion
By Keith Pereña
Very few humans in modern history perhaps are as notoriously infamous as Adolf Hitler. In fact, the very mention of his surname alone evokes feelings of fear. But in the world of cinema, portrayals of the Nazi dictator are often exaggerated and even satirical.
Continue reading Why no one can do Hitler better than Bruno Ganz
By Abhishek Sengupta
For most people around the world, yesterday must have been just another day.
Continue reading When language crusaders won a lasting victory
By David Light
I’m guilty of misremembering much of the 2009 George Clooney-Anna Kendrick-Vera Farmiga vehicle, Up In the Air. While liking the film upon its first and only viewing, as time passed, a scene which resonated during the picture’s debut in my lounge had been reprocessed as needlessly offensive. I’m sure you’re aware of the set piece to which I’m referring. Clooney and Kendrick are embarking on their trip out of a local airport and, at the security scanning point, the elder imparts his well-honed formula applied in order to breeze through. The pearls of wisdom include highlighting groups of travellers to avoid waiting in queues for the x-ray machines, ultimately settling on standing behind ‘Asians’ because they’re ‘efficient’.
Continue reading Airports: How do people still not get them?