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About sandrellita

I'm a film studies professor, fiber artist, potter and jeweler but my first love is cinema, thus this blog on cinema and culture.

Analysis/Review of L’enfant endormi / The Sleeping Child by Yasmine Kassari

Set in the north-east of Morocco in the Atlas Mountains, Kassari’s film takes us into a small douar or village where the scenario is almost entirely populated by women, as the young men have left for clandestine labor in Europe. … Continue reading

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Noureddine Lakhmari’s Moroccan film CasaNegra Analysis/Review

I’m doing something a little different in this week’s blog.  I’m having a guest blogger who is letting me take extracts from his excellent paper “A Feminist Reading of the Moroccan Film Casanegra”, Younnes Abeddour from Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah … Continue reading

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Some cultural elements in the film Captain Abu Raed by Amin Matalqa

With a number of great synopses out on the internet about Captain Abu Raed, as usual I want to focus less on that and more on some specific cultural elements embedded in the film.  However, since you might not want … Continue reading

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The Secret of the Grain (Le Grain et le Mulet)

The Secret of the Grain, English film release title, which also was released variously as Le Grain et le Mulet and Couscous, is Ahmed Kechiche’s third feature film, which has been reviewed variously by Roger Ebert (http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090121/REVIEWS/901219993/1023 ) and A.O. … Continue reading

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Samira Makhmalbaf’s Blackboards

In addition to David Lipfert’s 2002 wonderful December 6th analysis of Blackboards at http://www.offoffoff.com, I call attention to an interview with the filmmaker  at http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2000/dec/15/iran.culture.  Also see the website for a lot of information:  http://www.makhmalbaf.com/movies.php?m=18 In this analysis, I will … Continue reading

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In Custody

Released in 1993/94 by Merchant/Ivory Production team, this film shot on location in India (Mirpur and Bhopal) by Merchant, features Shashi Kapoor and Om Puri as the main protagonists who struggle with dreams and passions for poetry in a modernizing … Continue reading

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