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Humanitarian Relief and War Journalism is focus of ‘Ceasefire’, Premiered in Montréal

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 19°C] I just stepped out of historic Cinema Impérial for Montréal World Film Festval‘s world premiere screening of Lancelot von Naso’s first feature film, Waffenstillstand (Ceasefire). The setting for the 104-minute film is Iraq in 2004, months after George W. Bush declared from beneath the “Mission Accomplished” banner aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln that “Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.” We all know now, with continued fighting in Iraq more than five years later that the war was nowhere near completion. The film...

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Africa, Canadian Mining Interests, Human Cargo and Re-education

[Montréal, Québec, Canada  18°C] Last night, I watched the five last episodes of the 2004 six-part television series, Human Cargo, directed by Brad Turner. I watched it on DVD borrowed from the well-stocked video library at La Grande Bibliothèque. The winner of seven Gemini Awards, including best director and best miniseries, the series follows parallel stories and characters closely related to human migration issues. The series is set mostly in Vancouver, where migrants seeking refugee status in Canada deal with the Immigration and Refugee Board’s (IRB) corruptibility, and in Burundi where a civil war between Tutsis and Hutus, exacerbated by...