The Local View ? Neighbourhood Cinemas and Alternative Film Projects

Many small neighbourhood cinemas invested in the future. The digital options for showing films are opening up new vistas for alternative projects. Not all of them are legal.... more more

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In the valley of the wolves

Wednesday 1 March, 2006

Since it hit the German screens in February, Serdar Akar's Turkish secret agent film "Valley of the Wolves" has been widely touted as an anti-Western hate film. But for all the talk of a "clash of civilisations", isn't it much like any Western thriller - with the roles reversed? By Alexandra Stäheli.
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Holiday from the Enlightenment

Monday 27 February, 2006

Religion is en vogue today, while the Enlightenment suffers from a major shortcoming: it has a stock of efficient ideas, but no impressive images. In a word, it is not television-compatible. Yet the enlightened world we live in is one where even those opposed to it would like to live. By Heinz Schlaffer
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Muhammad Cartoon Special

Thursday 16 February, 2006

Since they were published in September last year, the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons have excited responses from every corner. We've translated a daily press review, a distinction between truth and belief by French philosopher Andre Glucksmann, a balanced appraisal by Islamic scholar Navid Kermani, an interview with the Lebanese poet Abbas Beydoun, an open letter by eleven French writers, a statement of indignation by Sonia Mikich and a piece on how it all began by Jörg Lau.
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Under suspicion

Wednesday 8 February, 2006

Tariq Ramadan is the most important thinker in Switzerland, even if most Swiss have never heard of him. Who is this man that some consider to be a terrorist hero and others, a Muslim Martin Luther? By Martin Beglinger
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Who's afraid of Muhammad?

Thursday 2 February, 2006

In September, the Danish paper Jyllands-Posten printed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Some Muslims were not amused. Jörg Lau explains how the seemingly innocent pictures caused an international crisis.
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The twelve Muhammad cartoons

Thursday 2 February, 2006

A new Rushdie affair? The European press is full of the heated debate over the Muhammad cartoons. A survey.
Updated on Friday, February 24.
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From Turkish boy to German writer

Monday 19 December, 2005

Gingerbread hearts, 4711, the lovely Petra and appalling paintings. Author Feridun Zaimoglu describes how growing up on a German diet eventually bore literary fruit.
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French Riots Special

Wednesday 06 December, 2005

After weeks of heavy press coverage on the rioting in the French suburbs we have compiled a dossier with four related feature articles as well as a comprehensive collection of international voices from In Today's Feuilletons and our Magazine Roundup.
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So long, Marianne

Tuesday 22 November, 2005

The riots in the French suburbs are taking place in an atmosphere rife with male violence where girls and women live in fear. If we really want to address the problem of burning cars, then we must also tackle the problem of burning girls. By Alice Schwarzer
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Integration through negation

Tuesday 15 November, 2005

French philosopher Andre Glucksmann sees the rioting French suburbs as an expression of hatred. You can blame socio-economic conditions, he says, but you won't get to the root of the problem until you look this hatred in the eye.
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The price of disdain

Friday 11 November, 2005

French author Francois Bon has spent years giving writing workshops to youths in the suburbs that are now being set ablaze. He looks critically at where the violence originated and with despair at where it's headed.
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Project Migration

Monday 24 October, 2005

Walking, walking, walking. Projekt Migration is an extensive exhibition with film and music programmes telling the story of migration from the perspective of those in motion. By Katrin Bettina Müller
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"Please God, come back from holiday"

Thursday 20 October, 2005

Helena Waldmann is the first female director from the West to have been invited to work in Iran. The result of her project "Letters from Tentland" is now touring Europe. An interview with Sylvia Staude.
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What now, white man?

Monday 12 September, 2005

The result of the elections on September 18 is completely irrelevant. Because global competition is about to push Western culture into the abyss. An eleventh-hour obituary. By Matthias Politycki
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Tolerance for the tolerant

Thursday 8 September, 2005

A combative response to Jutta Limbach's article on "Making multiculturalism work" by the Turkish-German lawyer and activist Seyran Ates.
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