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A Jihad for Love

At this year’s Istanbul International Film Festival, one of the major attractions is A Jihad for Love, a documentary about a taboo subject: homosexuality in Islamic countries. Homosexuality is strictly banned in most interpretations of the Koran. This is the first time the film is being screened in a Muslim country.

The film, which Indian Muslim director Pervez Sharma filmed in 12 countries and took six years to make, is an intimate look at the lives of 12 gay Muslim men and women. Much of the material was filmed in secret in Muslim countries that ban homosexuality. But Sharma says the film is as much about the Muslim faith as it is about homosexuality.’

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John Adams Comes to Life on Television

‘John Adams, the second president of the United States, comes to life on American cable television. The ‘John Adams’ miniseries, based on David McCullough’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, offers a revealing account of John Adams’s profound influence on the American Revolution and the formation of the American nation.

John Adams was fiery; A born orator. He was the man who persuaded the Continental Congress to rise against the British army in 1776. He was a driving force of the American Revolution. And yet, he is an obscure figure in American history. That is, up until now, says Tom Hanks, the producer of the series.

He is portrayed in the series as the man who coaxed Thomas Jefferson to write the Declaration of Independence. And it was he who convinced his fellow patriots to form a revolutionary army and he who hand-picked the leader of that army — General George Washington.’

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007 Exhibition

‘An exhibition marking 100 years since the birth of James Bond creator Ian Fleming and showing the suave superspy’s roots in his own life was unveiled in London Wednesday.

“For Your Eyes Only” features props from the films including a bloodstained shirt worn by the latest Bond, Daniel Craig, in “Casino Royale” and prototypes of the villainous Rosa Klebb’s flick-knife shoes in “From Russia With Love”.

It also examines how Fleming’s own life helped shape his creation 007, famed for his daring, seductive powers and love of “shaken, not stirred” Martinis.

Exhibits covering Fleming’s role in World War II as assistant to Britain’s director of naval intelligence — where he helped coordinate intelligence operations and met a string of Bond-like action men — feature in the show.’

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Positive Change In Cuba

‘Cuba’s government says it will launch a new television station including foreign-produced content. The move is the latest in a series of changes aimed at easing restrictions and increasing economic activity on the island.

Cuban officials announced plans for the new 24-hour television channel at a conference of writers and artists in Havana. Intellectuals at the event called for the Communist government to embrace new technologies and expand access for cultural and artistic expression to Cubans.’

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