Saturday, 24 November 2018

Two Balloons - An Animated Love Story [Film Review]

Bernard and Elba are two lemurs, star crossed lovers, travelling amongst the clouds in their purpose built airships. Across the picturesque cloudy sky they send affectionate notes to one another by carrier pigeon and soon plan to meet on the other's ship in the air. Danger arrives in the shape of a destructive storm that threatens to wreak havoc on their love and lives.




Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Travel Ban: Make America Laugh Again - Film Review

Written and Directed by Samy Chouia
Starring; Aron Kader, Maz Jobrani, Ahmed Ahmed, Ramy Youssef, Paul Elia, Bassem Youssef, Amir K, Feraz Ozel, Travina Springer, Melissa Shoshahi,
Tehran Von Ghasri, Sammy Obeid, Dave Merheje, Peter Shahriari
Running Time: 1hr 31 mins

Travel Ban is the story of being brown and immigrant in Trump's America as told through the eyes of comedians of middle eastern descent.

Aron Kader
I often use the phrase "you have to laugh; you'd go mad if you didn't." In a world in which Donald Trump is now President of the United States of America the world has certainly gone mad... so what we need is some laughter. Samy Chouia's documentary brings us those laughs but with a chilling context. It opens with comedian Aron Kader on stage talking about how America is a tolerant society, where there is no Xenophobia, religious hatred, bigotry inter-cut with footage of verbal and physical abuse against Middle Easterners, Hispanics, generally anyone who is not white American. With this stark juxtaposition Chouia sets the tone for the story that is about to unfold.