• Director Deepa Mehta (middle) at the premiere of Midnight’s Children at the Vancouver International Film Festival in September. Photo: iwona_kellie on Flickr
    Midnight’s Children

    Deepa Mehta’s film Midnight’s Children, based on Salman Rushdie’s novel of the same name, has reignited tensions with several Islamic fundamentalist groups.

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  • Mahmoud Dowlatabdi's novel The Colonel was just published in the U.S. but does not yet exist in an authorized Persian-language version. Photo: H.P. Schaefer
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    In this week’s Freedom of Speech Roundup news and analysis from Syria, Mexico, Sudan, China, Lebanon and Turkey. Also a review of “The Colonel” by Iranian writer Mahmoud Dowlatabadi and a Q&A with journalist F. Brinley Bruton who is covering Syria.

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  • Despertar- Raudel Collazo and Ricardo Figueredo
    Despertar: No Censor, No Cry

    Commentary on the case of censored film Despertar, a documentary about the cultural apartheid against Rastafarian rapper Raudel Collazo. His song “Decadencia” is a generational howl against the institutionalized intolerance of the Cuba.

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