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Our editor Francesca Monticelli points you in the direction of a few articles and films guaranteed to make you ponder. Read about JFK conspiracy theories, how to navigate antidepressants, and get a glimpse of a movie about three Palestinian female flatmates in Tel Aviv.

Tuesday, 07 November 2017 12:56

Lenin: The man who made October

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 7 November 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of that fateful day in Russian history when Vladimir Lenin and the Bolshevik Party seized power from the Provisional Government and embarked on a bold new experiment to create a socialist utopia. The consequences of this experiment are well known, but the events of 1917 and their causes continue to be debated among historians all round the world. 

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Forget hurricane Harvey – there is another Harvey in town, one whose decades-long trail of havoc will hardly get any relief. Enter Mr. Weinstein, CBE, a self-made man, known for his day job of producing and distributing films in Hollywood. Weinstein and his company Miramax left an imprint on the early 90s independent movie scene by heralding cinematic milestones, including Sex, Lies and Videotape, The Crying Game, Pulp Fiction and Clerks (go see those movies if you have not), as well as ringing in the mainstream success of moviemakers, such as Silent Bob, Steven Soderbergh and Quentin Tarantino. While the big sharks eventually swallowed Miramax, Weinstein produced a decent heap of Oscar-worthy material, becoming a ubiquitous movie mogul in the process.

Our editor Nicoletta Enria points you in the direction of a few articles and films guaranteed to make you ponder. Read about the failed L'Oréal diversity campaign, the proudly brandished shield of freedom of speech, and a film which insight into the Syrian refugees in Lebanon who are working on construction sites.

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