Posts by Samantha Alexander

Citizen journalist, amateur director?

"This camera sees the future." (Matt Glynn photo)

In a tech-savvy world, it’s the norm to own an iPhone or Blackberry over a basic feature phone. With all those extra features, it was inevitable that people would start shooting full-length documentaries and films on their smartphones. One of the first docs to emerge from this subgenre is Iranian filmmaker Jahar Panafi’s This Is…

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Education under Fire

  With no voiceover narration, Education under Fire allows the Baha’i from Iran to tell stories on their own terms. On Thursday Nov. 1, Amnesty International and members of Halifax’s Baha’i community hosted a screening of the documentary about the denial of higher education to the Baha’i people in Iran. Around 20 people viewed the film…

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  Gone Girl exploded on the pop culture stratosphere this summer. It seemed to top every summer must-read and critics’ pick list, but was Gillian Flynn’s latest installment into the sinister murder/suspense genre she is quickly mastering worth the hype? The book begins on the fifth wedding anniversary of Nick and Amy Dunne, two upstate New…

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Brunswick St. stars in Film Festival

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Amidst an otherwise humdrum lineup of short films, Halley Roback’s Brunswick St. was the standout feature at the Atlantic Film Festival’s short film reel on Saturday. Brunswick St. recounts the story of a group of 20-somethings in the ‘60s and ‘70s, including Roback’s parents. These progressive-thinking individuals lived in a four-story house-cum-commune on—spoiler alert!—Brunswick Street,…

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