THE 29th ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL IN LOS ANGELES TAKES THE EARLY LEAD ON ACADEMY AWARD CAMPAIGN TRAIL

THE 29th ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL IN LOS ANGELES TAKES THE EARLY LEAD ON ACADEMY AWARD CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Twenty-nine narrative and documentary films, including three 2016 Oscar contenders, 10 World Premieres, 7 US Premieres and 7 Los Angeles Premieres, will screen at the 29th ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL in Los Angeles, the largest showcase of Israeli films and television programming in the United States, announced Meir Fenigstein, IFF’s founder and executive director. The extraordinary range of award-winning, critically praised and commercially successful Israeli films and Academy Award contenders will all be celebrated October 28th – November 19th at the Ahrya Fine Arts by Laemmle (Beverly Hills), the Laemmle Music Hall 3 (Beverly Hills), the Laemmle Royal (West Los Angeles), the Laemmle Town Center 5 (Encino) and Laemmle NoHo 7 (North Hollywood), with the Opening Night at the Steve Tisch Cinema Center in the Saban Theatre (Beverly Hills).

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16th Annual Polish Film Festival

16th Annual Polish Film Festival

The 16th Annual Polish Film Festival opened its doors on October 13 to run through to October 22, 2015. Celebrating the greatest achievements of Polish filmmakers the festival opened with comedic drama THE CITIZEN (Obywatel) by Jerzy Stuhr, Special Jury Award at Gdynia Film Festival, on opening night with a star-studded gala during which both Polish and American moviemakers walked the red carpet at Hollywood’s legendary Egyptian Theatre.

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#GoodMuslimBadMuslim’s Taz Ahmed Shakes Up the Mainstream Narrative

#GoodMuslimBadMuslim’s Taz Ahmed Shakes Up the Mainstream Narrative

Sometimes the best ideas arise from outlandish jokes shared between friends — something so silly and farfetched that you’d never think other people would actually be interested in it, too. That’s how the South Asian American writer and political activist Tanzila Ahmed — who goes by the nickname “Taz” — came to create the wildly popular podcast #GoodMuslimBadMuslim, with collaborator and friend Zahra Noorbakhsh, an Iranian American comedian and writer.

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SHOUT GLADI GLADI!

SHOUT GLADI GLADI! Maternal Health Africa

Directed by Adam Friedman and Iain Kennedy, and filmed in Malawi and Sierra Leone, the film spotlights the quest of Ann Gloag, the indefatigable philanthropist and former nurse who drives the movement to save these vulnerable women, and presents the patients as they tell stirring tales of their struggles and triumphs. Everything culminates with the exuberant Gladi Gladi ceremony, a singing and dancing blowout that marks the day the women and girls return home cured.

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Porn Ban: India's Bid To Clean The Internet Has Become a Source of Mockery

Porn Ban: India’s Bid To Clean The Internet Has Become a Source of Mockery

The Indian government insists its big bad porn ban has been done in the name of blocking child pornography rather than as a blanket ban on adult entertainment in general.

But some of the names on the black list of 857 don’t seem to quite fit the pedophlia proscription – maturosexy.com or shemale.asia, not to mention a very not XXX-rated CollegeHumor.com and BarstoolSports. But then who is going to sit and parse the list and petition the government to unblock their matureosexy entertainment on the grounds that no children are involved? Which bureaucrat does one write to?

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LOS ANGELES CULTURE FESTIVAL™ 2015

LOS ANGELES CULTURE FESTIVAL™ 2015

Hollywood CA, the 4th Annual Los Angeles Culture Festival™, celebrated the diversity of cultures and customs living in the USA from various parts of the world. This year’s event saw an outstanding lineup of international and local musical artists, celebrities, and special guests coming together to promote the culture and music of the world on the infamous Hollywood Boulevard.

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The Latin Side of 20th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival

The Latin Side of the Central Avenue Jazz Festival

Los Angeles- Summer attire is appropriate for this time of year. The temperatures keep rising as the long days of summer continue. Attendees at the Central Avenue Jazz Festival felt like we were in the Caribbean.

This weekend, Saturday, July 25th and Sunday, July 26th, the most historic and hottest jazz festival was held in Los Angeles. The 20th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival was held on the streets, outside of the world famous Dunbar Hotel. Back in the day, the Central Avenue Jazz Festival was the premiere location of African American urban history and culture on the West Coast.

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