Howard Feinstein

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  • 10 years ago

    When his son was only three, Gianni Amelio's papa departed their poor Calabrian village for Argentina to seek more lucrative work and his own émigré father. He returned 17 years later, unsuccessful on both counts. By then Amelio Jr. ...

  • 10 years ago

    In Rana's Wedding (2002), a determined Palestinian bride-to-be bests Israeli gatekeepers and Palestinian bureaucrats who nearly block her marriage. A West Bank taxi driver in the doc Ford Transit (2002) circumvents ubiquitous checkpoints and infle...

  • 12 years ago

    MARRAKECH, MOROCCO—The hash-trail metropolis that inspired Crosby, Stills, and Nash's "Marrakesh Express" is now host to a world-class film festival. Strict laws have nearly eliminated the lucrative drug trade in the medina, while the western...

  • 13 years ago

    For most films made in Latin and Central America, chances of stateside distribution are slim. Mexico's Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu and Walter Salles and his boys from Brazil are anomalies. "It doesn't...

  • 13 years ago

    Last month's election campaign in Rio was mounted with flair. Samba in the name of assorted candidates blared from speakers attached to motorbikes and cars. Thanks largely to the poor black majority and other working- and middle-class Cariocas, fo...

  • 15 years ago

    In Cuba, it is officially known as the "Special Period": The era of Soviet aid long over, compañeros must live austerely while socialism searches for a new face. The average salary is the peso equivalent of $8 to $10 a month; only U.S. doll...


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