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Jackie Kennedy leaving the US Capitol after viewing John F. Kennedy lying in state. Wikimedia

Five films that explore what it feels like to truly grieve

The process of coming to terms with a loss is central to these films, which are aching and inventive renderings of complex feelings and moments.
Back row (From L-R): Banky W, Ted Sarandos (Netflix Chief Content Officer), Kate Henshaw, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Felipe Tewes (Netflix Italian & African Originals Director), Omoni Oboli, Ben Amadasun (Netflix Africa Licensing Director) and Akin Omotoso Front Row (L-R) Mo Abudu, Adesua Etomi, Dorothy Ghettuba (Netflix African Originals lead) , Kunle Afolayan, Kemi Adetiba and Ramsey Noah.

Netflix Naija: creative freedom in Nigeria’s emerging digital space?

For Nollywood to fully compete at the global level, it should adopt a smart, proactive approach.
Bong Joon-ho’s film Parasite is only the 12th ‘foreign’ language film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Curzon Artificial Eye

Anglo-centric film culture and the continuing resistance to subtitles

In his Golden Globes acceptance speech, Parasite director Bong Joon-ho teased audiences about their unwillingness to watch subtitled films, highlighting the anglo-centric culture of film
Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019): the Joker’s humour-filled rebellion has typically contrasted with Batman’s dour moral self-righteousness. Warner Bros

The Joker’s origin story comes at a perfect moment: clowns define our times

Culturally, the joker turns socially significant places into spaces of carnival, revealing cracks within the social order. He is an enduring character – and a common figure in 2019.
Phoenix Raei plays an Iranian refugee forced to join a fight club in a detention centre in the film Below. Melbourne International Film Festival

A new Australian film set in an immigration detention centre is a jarring mix of violence, satire and humanism

In the film Below, a fight club is set up in a fictional, remote immigration detention centre. However the film’s shock tactics often feel manufactured, and risk exploiting the refugee crisis as mere backdrop.

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