Five shorts you really shouldn't miss during the Festival.
Blake’s Junction 7 (directed by Ben Gregor), showrng in UK Shorts — Blake's 7 return! But this tune the crew look strangely like the cast of The Office.
No Cars, One Night (directed by Taika W'dllllll. shoWing in Ant/podean Shorts. Terrible title. but the funniest acting by children you will ever see.
Headway (directed by Jens Jonsson). showing in Nordic Shorts — Deadpan comedy from possibly the most talented European short filmmaker around at the moment.
The Russell Tribunal (directed by Staffan Lamm). showing with Peace One Day — Astoundineg timely rediscovered footage of a 1967 anti—Vietnam War tribunal. Rogue Farm (directed by Mark Bender & Garry Marshall). showing in New Found Land 7 — Japanese anime from Scottish animators? It's gotta be worth checking out. (Nimrod Corduroy)
IAntipodean Shorts. Cameo 1 (623 8030) Thu 79 Aug 3. 75pm.
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LET MOHAMMED COME TO ARTHUR’S SEAT Miles Fielder finds representations of European Muslims all over the film festival this year and he rejoices.
One of the many repercussions of 9/11 is the way much of the Western media and some governments' demonising of ethnic groups as terrorists. Into this xenophobic ‘catch all’ are snared Asian Muslims, British, European or otherwise, an ignorant, not to say criminal trend dealt with in Kenny Glenaan’s Yasmin. It was Glenaan who picked up a Michael Powell Award for his debut film Gas Attack, a truly frightening film that detailed a terrorist attack on (not by) Asian asylum seekers in Glasgow. Yasmin concerns a British Muslim woman in the North of England who becomes embroiled in the post-9/11 witch-hunts when her Pakistani-born husband is wrongly accused of being a terrorist.
Elsewhere in the EIFF programme, Hamburg Cell, written by Irish novelist Ronan Bennett (Face) and directed by English filmmaker Antonia Bird (Ravenous, Priest), takes a non-partisan and semi-documentary-style look at a young Asian Muslim man who, in the run-up to 9/11, makes the ideological leap from secular student in Germany to Islamic fundamentalist and hijacker.
But lest you think British cinema is becoming as narrow-focused about Asian Muslims as the UK and US governments have shamefully proved themselves to be, Ken Loach and his Glasgow writing partner Paul Laverty weigh in with their latest collaboration, Ae Fond Kiss, a charming comic drama about love in the face of race prejudice between an Asian Muslim man and an Irish-Catholic woman.
Although 9/11 has given filmmakers a focal point for screen debate, the three films mentioned above highlight a healthy, ongoing trend in British cinema which, from East is East to My Son the Fanatic and My Beautiful Laundrette, engages with the political and the domestic, employing hard- hitting drama, heartbreaking romance and rib-tickling comedy.
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