Documentary play drawing on drama classrooms from England to Taiwan tells the story of global youth. From Left: Aldrin Bundoc, Zorana Sadiq, Amaka Umeh, Loretta Yu, Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Liisa Repo-Martell. And in the foreground: Emilio Viera. Aleksander Antonijevic/Project Humanity/Crow’s Theatre

Youth feel hopeless: A documentary play

Bela Lugosi’s portrayal of Dracula in Tod Browning’s 1931 horror film is influenced by John Polidori’s tale of terror, ‘The Vampyre,’ first published — suggestively — on April Fools’ Day 1819. Universal Pictures

The modern vampire first walked among us two centuries ago

One of the reasons the myth of vampires endures and captures the popular imagination is that vampires are a powerful metaphor for a wide range of cultural practices and social problems.
Celine Dion at this year’s Met Gala. Camp is not merely a matter of glittery dresses, but a mode of performance. Justin Lane/EPA/AAP

How camp was the Met Gala? Not very

Many of the gowns and costumes at this year’s Met Gala attempted to capture the essence of camp, and in trying to do so missed the point of camp entirely.
The spire collapses while flames are burning the roof of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. Ian Langsdon/EPA

Notre Dame: how a rebuilt cathedral could be just as wonderful

With modern technology, it is entirely possible for the cathedral to be recreated with near-accuracy to the original. We can do this and keep the original building's spirit and feeling.
‘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

Terrorism at the Taj: ‘Hotel Mumbai’ pulls no punches

'Hotel Mumbai,' which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, is an 'anthem of resistance;' a film that highlights the things ordinary people can do in extraordinary circumstances.
The historical depiction of ‘the mammy’ is a racist stereotype, with an enduring impact. Hattie McDaniel (right) won an Oscar for her role in ‘Gone with the Wind’ with Vivien Leigh (left). Selznick International Pictures

I am not your nice ‘Mammy’

Stereotypes of Black women continue to impact how they are treated in institutions.
Critics and audiences of the Oscar-nominated film Roma may be missing important Mexican historical and cultural facts.

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What you may have missed in Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’

Director Alfonso Cuarón's 'Roma' has received 10 Oscar nominations. Here, a sociologist explains the hidden historical and cultural context of the film.
The release of Black Panther provides the opportunity to honour the many contributions of Black style to North American fashion. (Marvel)

Oscar winner

Black Panther: Honouring the legacy of Black style

The hype around the costumes in the film Black Panther shows a need to recognize the legacy of Black style in mainstream fashion.

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