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March 27, 2015

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Bastards touring Turkey

Delighted to report that Bastards  has been selected by two Turkish women’s film festivals, the International Filmmor Women’s Film Festival on Wheels, and the Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival in Ankara in May. Filmmor started 12 years ago “by women and for women” with the words “women make movies”, sets out on its journey […]

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March 2, 2015

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Bastards in Nottingham, The Hague, Haverfordwest, Salisbury and Ankara

Bastards continues to enjoy screenings in the UK and around the world. Two screenings on International Women’s Day, and more coming up …. Sunday 8 March     Broadway Cinema, Nottingham, UK Sunday 8 March     Arab Women’s Film Festival in The Hague, Holland Thursday 12 March    Pembrokeshire Women’s Festival in Haverfordwest, UK Wednesday 25 March   Salisbury Arts […]

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September 11, 2014


RED CARPET & RAUNCHY SCENES AT RUSSIAN FESTIVAL OF MUSLIM CINEMA

On the thirteenth anniversary of 9/11 it’s a good moment to report on the interfaith haven that is the International Festival of Muslim Cinema, taking place now in Kazan, the capital of the Russian republic of Tatarstan. Whatever the fearsome history of the Tatars (whom we know as the bloodthirsty Tartars) their republic is now […]

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July 6, 2014


Bastards at Film Festivals

It was a great honour for my film Bastards to be selected to open Morocco’s international documentary festival Fidadoc in April. Lamia Faridi, the heroic lawyer who features in the film, came with me to the screening in front ot the French Consul, the Mayor of Agadir, filmmakers from all over the world, and the […]

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March 21, 2014

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Fallen men, fallen women

In all the discussion of World War I, its heroism and its futility, a word is often used to describe the soldiers who died. They are the fallen. Laurence Binyon (1869-1943) memorably describes them in his poem For The Fallen: With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, England mourns for her dead across the […]

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January 28, 2014

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Start by looking into the bedroom, if you want to know a people…

…says Shereen El Feki in her excellent TED talk. http://www.ted.com/talks/shereen_el_feki_a_little_told_tale_of_sex_and_sensuality.html I recommend it!

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December 6, 2013

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RIP Nelson Mandela

A citizen of the world. A secular saint. An icon of reconciliation. The father of a nation. A profoundly good human being. Madiba. Who can find the words to describe Nelson Mandela? Archbishop Tutu perhaps.Who doesn’t feel a sense of loss at his death? Racist bigots perhaps. I want to record my own memories in […]

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November 20, 2013

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Play it, Sam

Sorry about the corny headline, but it does seem appropriate as tomorrow I fly to Casablanca, where the British Council in Morocco will be hosting a private screening of “Bastards”. Charities, human rights organisations, think tanks, academics and lawyers have been invited, to discuss the issues raised by the film. It’s a personal story, of […]

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November 17, 2013

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Breaking the Wall of Silence, Women and Girls in Morocco Open Up about Adolescent Pregnancy

Thrilling to read a 29 October report about the United Nations Population Fund hosting an event in Morocco, to talk about the taboo of sex outside marriage, exactly the subject of my film “Bastards”. The women in the photo are wearing masks to hide their identities, but in my film all but one of the […]

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October 17, 2013

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Moving from TV to feature docs

TV is a rough and tumble business where there are more great ideas than slots to be filled, and development hell really does exist if your great ideas don’t fit in with what the commissioners are looking for. When you get lucky and you get that hard-won commission (at least in the BBC documentary world […]

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