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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Director Takeshi Fukunaga on his new feature film about Liberian rubber workers, partly set in New York City

Last month a friend posted a link to the Kickstarter page for Out of My Hand, a feature film shot primarily in Liberia. The plot follows a rubber tapper named Cisco who, after taking part in a heated labor dispute that goes nowhere, attempts to move to New York city where he becomes a cab driver.

Friday, September 20th, 2013

The Disneyfication of Ellen Sirleaf Johnson

Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is often presented by western media as an avatar of all things good, which is unsurprising. This was the narrative that made her an icon of international development and women’s empowerment. It took...

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Press Freedom in Liberia

“Your spirit appears to me to be anarchical. I remember during the last Administration, you were critical and censorious of it. When it comes to the present Administration, you are occasionally censorious and critical of it. I...

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Searching for Redemption

In Searching for Sugar Man, Rodriguez the man feels more like an awkward prop in a story of white redemption rather than the star of his own movie.

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Is Mads Brügger a journalist?

Even if you like Mads Brügger’s documentaries, chances are you hate him. The characters he plays in his “non-fiction films”—a Communist theater director in The Red Chapel and, more recently, a corrupt diamond smuggler in The Ambassador—are...