The silence is deafening and the room is pitch black. There’s no street lights, traffic or noisy neighbours. Through sheer exhaustion – and one too many glasses of bubbly – I fall into a deep sleep and dream about peacocks, ghosts and ghouls. … [Read more...] about Sun writer spends night in millionaire Sir Benjamin Slade’s stunning manor – 2 years after auditioning ‘to be his wife’
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6. Atlantique (2019) French-Senegalese actor-turned-director Mati Diop created a modern classic of poetic cinema in Atlantique, tapping into African cinema’s twin traditions of realism and fable with a compelling docu-supernatural enigma, a winter’s tale of a film with a dimension of strangeness unselfconsciously baked into the movie’s ostensible normality. Ada is a young woman in Dakar engaged to be married to the wealthy, obnoxious Omar, but she is in love with Souleiman, an exploited labourer who is thinking of making the dangerous migrant journey overseas. Ada, ironically, is on the verge of a far better life than any Souleiman can dream of – that of a rich married woman. Then something strange and unexpected happens. Souleiman’s behaviour is upsetting and mysterious, sending Ada a text asking her to meet in the middle of the night; is it real, or a sinister trap? Atlantique is about the return of the repressed, or the suppressed: the spirit of … [Read more...] about 20 best African films – ranked!
Maybe this explains why Turkish lawmakers still to this today feel the West is being overprotective of Greece. Athens, meanwhile, regards Turkey as spoilt by the West in the sense that it keeps receiving NATO arms, sits by as Ankara backs the breakaway northern third of Cyprus, and tolerates fervent nationalists in government. On top of this, Turkey finds itself at loggerheads with NATO member Greece over gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean. … [Read more...] about Greece and Turkey: A difficult friendship
It enabled him to get up close and personal with communities in Mali searching for gold – which his guide described as modern slavery – and Bancomana sand-fishermen who are tasked with digging up a specific type of sand to make bricks. … [Read more...] about I was held at gunpoint, surrounded by Al Qaeda and hunted by hyenas crossing ‘world’s most dangerous borders’
What happened with her Republican convention speech? Speaking at the first day of the Republican Convention which marked a new phase in her husband's campaign to be President, Melania painted Trump as a talented, compassionate and unrelenting leader who would unify rather than divide the country if elected as president. … [Read more...] about Who is Melania Trump? Profile of America’s new First Lady