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Theeb Shines at Lincoln Center's New Directors / New Films by Dr. Steeve Coupeau, 28 March 2015

One of the best films in the 2015 edition of New Directors / New Films at Lincoln Center is Theeb. This beautiful film, which was shot in super 16 anamorphic, dealt with the social transformations associated with the demise of the 400 year-old Ottoman empire. The director shared the script development process which was improved by living with the Bedoin community. The recruitment of local actors and nomad adults was noteworthy. In spite of shooting difficulties including sand storms and physical challenges, the film shines because of its authentic reflection of Bedoin / Jordanian culture. The festival continues until March 29th.

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A Small Section of the World: A Taste of Costa Rica by Dr. Steeve Coupeau 16 November 2014

One of the best films in this 2014 Edition is A Small Section of the World. Directed by Lesley Chilcott, this film tells the story of Asomobi, a women-led coffee cooperative that put Costa Rica on the map for its coffee. The cooperative was formed because of a lack of opportunities. At the beginning, the women had no land, facing discouragingly low coffee prices. Yet they took up the challenge of producing coffee.

 

Coffee was a good choice as it connects people of different cultures. A few years later, the Asomobi brand is fully developed as the company now exports to Trieste-based world known coffee brand Illy. DOCNYC runs through November 20, 2014.

‘US should respond to public demands for greater police accountability – United Nations 6 December 2014

In the wake of a grand jury decision in New York yesterday not to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed man, in July, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged the United States to do “anything possible to respond to demands of greater accountability.'

“We are obviously aware of what is going on here in our backyard,” said UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric responding to questions at the daily press briefing at UN Headquarters. He said the Secretary-General’s thoughts are with the families of Mr. Garner, a Staten Island resident, and the people of New York.

 

“I think the case is again focusing on the attention of accountability of law enforcement officials,” he added, welcoming the announcement by the US Justice Department of opening a civil rights investigation in the case.

“I think I would just add that we’ve seen a lot of demonstrations here in New York. [Mr. Ban] would urge the [protestors] to demonstrate peacefully, and for the authorities for the respect of those demonstrators to do so peacefully,” the spokesperson said.