‘Hotel Mumbai’ is a gripping film that provides a glimpse into the fear and brutality of terrorism but also the everyday bravery of its victims. Here Armie Hammer in ‘Hotel Mumbai.’ Courtesy of TIFF

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‘Hotel Mumbai’ pulls no punches

Although the big winner at the Emmys this year was Amy Sherman-Palladino’s feminist comedy series ‘The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel,’ we have a long way to go before we reach the gender and race equity we need to in TV and film. Amazon Studios

The year that shook Hollywood: Time’s Up in 2018

Plays like ‘Where the Blood Mixes’ (with actors Kim Harvey and Billy Merasty) help shed light on Indigenous stories, helping to educate Canadian audiences. David Cooper

Indigenous theatre needs government funds

Indigenous theatre and storytelling provides an opportunity for all Canadians to honour the directives of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Canadian government should support this mission.
High school honour roll student Trey Arnold Rorick acts in the ‘Edge of the Knife.’ Rorick also works as a Cultural Interpreter at the K_ay Ilnagaay Haida Heritage Center. Facebook

Film

Sgaawaay K'uuna, the first feature film about the Haida

Sgaawaay K'uuna (Edge of the Knife) is a feature film project that works to entertain audiences and revitalize language.
Training in improvisational theatre enables health professionals to learn deeper empathy, as well as mental agility and other clinical skills. (Shutterstock)

How theatre can boost your doctor’s empathy

Health professionals need a dose of drama in their training to build clinical and interpersonal skills.
Artists can be denied control of their creations for life. Bryan Adams at the 2015 AFL Grand Final. Julian Smith/AAP

Why Bryan Adams is on to something important about copyright

Individual creators get too small a share of copyright's rewards. What Bryan Adams is proposing in Canada could also work in Australia to help authors get paid and keep works available to the public.
A line of protesters against the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota head to a unity rally on the west steps of the State Capitol in September 2016 in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Protecting heritage is a human right

Development projects are claiming ancestral sites at alarming rates. This ineffective protection of Indigenous heritage is a violation of human rights.
Sandra Oh, a U.S./Canadian actress of Korean descent, is an outspoken advocate for greater representation in film and television. She is the first woman of Asian decent to be nominated for an Emmy. Here, just before being inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim

Thank you, Sandra Oh – a first for the Emmys

Sandra Oh's recent Emmy nomination for 'Killing Eve' is a sign of appreciation of her work but also a symbol of hope for the author as a former actor and as an academic.
Crazy Rich Asians depicts cosmopolitan rich Asians with complex humanities. Warner Bros.

Film

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ – a movie and a movement

Crazy Rich Asians is an entertaining film, but also has been a long time coming. The struggle for Asian representation in Hollywood and Broadway started more than 55 years ago.
Serena Williams – wearing her controversial catsuit – returns a shot during the first round of the French Open in May 2018. AP Photo/Michel Euler

Fashion

The Serena Williams catsuit controversy

On the front lines were female tennis players who refused to adhere to the club dress codes that banned them.
Bahareh Jahandoost brings literature, performing arts and new media together to express Iranian society. Mehdi Khosravi

Traditional storytelling meets activism in Iran

A Canada-Iran collaboration uses performance art, storytelling and new media to confront the troubles of global migration and borders.
Actors Laura Harrier and John David Washington humorously and believably drive home the film’s strong racial irony.

Film

‘BlacKkKlansman’ provides comic relief to deep racism

BlacKkKlansman is more than a good story: it expertly weaves together comedy with serious drama to bring the story of past racism to illuminate our present day issues.
A graffiti portrait of Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World. Thierry Ehrmann/Flickr

Trump’s Brave New World and Huxley’s dystopian vision

A lack of respect for history, a population conditioned to consume goods at breakneck pace, and pacification of individuals via an entertainment culture: parts of Huxley's novel strikingly resemble our own world.
Anish Kapoor, Cloud Gate, 2004. Stainless steel, 1,006 x 2,012 x 1,280 cm. Mike Warot/Flickr

Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate”: playing with light

Anish Kapoor made “Cloud Gate”, a giant bean-shaped mirror in Chicago. Visitors play with the light in the city and its surroundings, where our future lays.

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