Friday, September 3, 2010

“Bollywood to make movie about Jesus' childhood - San Francisco Gate” plus 3 more

“Bollywood to make movie about Jesus' childhood - San Francisco Gate” plus 3 more


Bollywood to make movie about Jesus' childhood - San Francisco Gate

Posted: 03 Sep 2010 02:54 AM PDT

(09-03) 04:00 PDT Jerusalem - --

The first Bollywood movie about the childhood of Jesus will be shot in the Holy Land in the coming months, Indian filmmakers said this week.

Director Singeetham Srinivasa Rao said his production will be narrated in four languages and feature an all-Indian cast of child actors and seven devotional songs.

Producer Konda Krishnam Raju explained at a news conference that the film focuses on the childhood of Jesus, a contrast with other movies that depict the later years. "This is the first presentation of this type in Bollywood history," he said.

While the movie has special significance for Christians, it is "intended for a global audience," Rao said.

Christians in India number 24 million, or about 2.3 percent of the country's population.

Religious Indian films have traditionally used child actors to highlight the "innocence, sanctity and divinity" of religious figures, Rao said. His film will follow that tradition, using the child actors to depict adult characters as well as children.

American makeup artist Christien Tinsley will use special makeup effects to make the actors appear older. The filmmakers said they chose him because of his work on "The Passion of the Christ," which earned him an Academy Award nomination.

That movie, directed by Mel Gibson, won critical praise but also evoked charges of anti-Jewish bias and legitimizing anti-Semitism.

At $30 million, the filmmakers say, the film about Jesus will be one of India's highest-budget movies. An average Indian movie costs about $500,000.

Aditya Productions plans to release the movie next year in English and three Indian languages - Telugu, Hindi and Malayalam.

This article appeared on page E - 2 of the San Francisco Chronicle

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Miercoles Morning Movie : Los Olvidadados (The Forgotten Ones) - VivirLatino

Posted: 01 Sep 2010 06:24 AM PDT

As we enter September and quickly move to what is known in the U.S. as "Hispanic Heritage Month", many Latin American counties celebrate their independence days, especially countries in South America. As the mother of two ChileRicans, one of them a MapucheRican and having lived in Chile in one of my incarnations, this 45 minute documentary really struck me. The Spanish (as in from Spain and in Spanish- with no English subtitles) looks at the Mapuche in Chile, with a specific focus on recent political repression.

I was moved and angered by the film as it discussed how, paralleling the treatment of indigenous nations in the U.S., colonial treaties were broken, new treaties were made, and then those were broken as well. I was particularly struck with how the new land ownership decisions made under the Pinochet dictatorshop were being enforced with violence against Mapuche communities.

If you speak Spanish and have 45 minutes to spare, it really is worth watching, considering the context of the upcoming bicentennial of Chile.

"Los Olvidados", El Pueblo Mapuche, Una Historia de Resistencia from Nuestro Canto on Vimeo.

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Valve wants to make their own Half-Life movie - Geek.Com

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 08:03 AM PDT