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TIFF 2018: With films from around the world, this is what true diversity looks like - Dotemirates

TIFF 2018: With films from around the world, this is what true diversity looks like

They say that when the future arrives it comes slowly at first – and then suddenly very fast. Maybe we have finally reached the very fast stage of change in the entertainment business when media industries recognize they must reflect the racial diversity and gender balance of the world around them. Certainly, a sense of rapid change has hung in the air as the Toronto International Film Festival unspools. Just as the festival started last week, Warner Bros. announced a new initiative that would make special efforts to include people of colour and women in the creation of its films...


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03/04/2019

German companies pledge support for Yad Vashem Holocaust Center

German companies Daimler, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Bank, Volkswagen and soccer club Borussia Dortmund announced Tuesday that they would donate €5 million ($5.6 million) to the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem. The companies view their effort as "a clear sign of our solidarity with the victims of the Holocaust, and as our responsibility, past and future, in the fight against racism and anti-Semitism." Yad Vashem houses the world's largest collection of artifacts from the time of the Holocaust, and in light of the significant increase in objects donated to the institution, new space will now be created for...
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Choked by Beth Gardiner review – the toxic truth about the air we breathe

Ambient air pollution, like smoking, can seldom be definitively linked to individual cases of debility or premature death, but it greatly increases the risks. In Choked, Beth Gardiner reports that it cuts short about 7 million lives worldwide every year. Recent research suggests the actual number is closer to 9 million, or roughly one in nine of all deaths. Whatever the precise figure, air pollution – principally nitrogen oxides and tiny particles known as PM2.5 – kills more people than smoking, and more than Aids, diabetes and traffic accidents combined. Over 40% of Americans and an astonishing 95% of people...
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The Murder of Jill Dando review – a life cut short by senseless brutality

Jill Dando’s cousin Judith still keeps in her loft the scrapbooks of cuttings and the many copies of the Radio Times in which Jill, as presenter of the BBC Six O’Clock News, Holiday and Crimewatch, appeared. The scrapbooks were made for Jill at the time by Jill’s friends, delighted by her growing success, and they stand as testimony to the love people felt for her. “In my old age,” says Judith, “which I thought I’d spend with Jill, it will be nice to go through the stuff …” It is the only time she falters. “Sorry,” she says with a...

03/04/2019

Anish Kapoor's Brexit artwork: Britain on the edge of the abyss

Anish Kapoor has exposed a bottomless void at the heart of Britain. You could topple in there and never stop falling. In fact, that is exactly what we have done – and solid ground still seems to be nowhere in sight. This artwork, which Kapoor has created for the Guardian, is his response to our current predicament and the new Britain that appeared after the leave vote. Although the Mumbai-born artist has given it a title – A , A Broxit, We All Fall Down – he does not wish to make any further comment about the piece, preferring to...

Sanjay Dutt shares surreal connection with his character in 'Kalank'

Mumbai: Sanjay Dutt's upcoming film Kalank is one of the most awaited films of the year and is very special to the actor as well. The superstar shares a fond connection with his character in the film as he shares his name with his father. While Sunil Dutt was one of the most respected celebrities of the industry, not many know that his real name was Balraj Dutt. In Kalank, Sanjay Dutt essays the character of Balraj Choudhary, therefore, it has been a very surreal experience for the actor. Sanjay Dutt shared a very endearing relationship with his father and...

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