: As a source of stability in the region, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters can get more support for their liberation struggle, believes the controversial philosopher and documentary filmmaker Bernard-Henri Lévy.
: Reflections. Director / script / producer: Sara Broos
: Streaming film of the month: Sara Broos' Reflections is a picturesque portrait of the director's artist mother, and thematizes both the deep connections and the painful barriers that family relationships are often characterized by.
: A Norwegian film finally won at the world's largest documentary film festival in November – documentation of everyday life in Iraq, seen through the camera lens of an ordinary citizen who himself ends up as a refugee.
: A number of documentaries make their mark in investigative journalism. This is a genre that is currently downgraded in a number of newspaper editorial offices, where hundreds of journalists have been laid off in recent years to fill up the shareholder dividend.
: Norwegian authorities must decide what role they want to play in Burundi: Violence is increasing, and trends from the massacres in neighboring Rwanda are repeated. The West is also responsible for the increase in ethnic conflicts.
: The European Film Prize LUX can be interpreted as a propagandistic EU project – but perhaps the prize also contains a way to activate the art of film and increase the chance that the films can contribute to the ongoing public debate.
: Hannah Arendt's realizations about the existential impossibility of escape are burningly relevant, and constitute a basic premise in the documentary about the philosopher who himself fled to Paris in a politically polarized time.
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