Finding courage and hope in 2016

Film Dec 21, 2016

Finding courage and hope in 2016

by Kaori Shoji

The Year of the Monkey is drawing to a close. Despite the events in the real world, this year at least brought us some soulful films. Perhaps the filmmakers wanted to prepare us for the impending yuckiness of future reality. Still, my picks for ...

The 'Silvered Water' of 'Syria Mon Amour'

Film Jun 15, 2016

The 'Silvered Water' of 'Syria Mon Amour'

by Kaori Shoji

"Syria Mon Amour," the Japan title of "Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait," is a direct homage to Alan Resnais' 1959 classic antiwar movie "Hiroshima Mon Amour" and reflects a desire on the part of the two-person distribution team to put the film in a Japanese ...