Review: The Clan

Argentina emerged from the nightmare of dictatorship in 1983 and in the decades since, generations of filmmakers have been engaging with the legacy of the ‘dirty war.’ During the regime of Jorge Rafael Videla, kidnapping was used as a form of institutional control, leading to the state-sanctioned ‘disappearance’ of an estimated 30,000 dissidents. Trapero’s The […]

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Queer Kids’ Media: Legend of Korra

Every other week this term I’ll be discussing LGBT+ characters in children’s TV and film.  This vacation I finally finished Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra (2012-2014), sequel series to the anime-inspired Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008). Both shows had wide appeal for their combination of emotionally-mature storylines with wonderfully childlike humour and fantasy. What caught […]

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Review: Embrace of the Serpent

The film industry has had a long, and often clichéd, relationship with the Amazon rainforest. This vibrant land mass has formed the backdrop of only a small handful of recognisable narratives. We are now familiar with exploitative colonisers, adventurous treasure-hunters and threatening tribespeople. And in each portrayal of the rainforest, from Cannibal Holocaust to Fitzcarraldo, […]

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