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from Africa News blog:

Must we see rape in Britain to understand rape in Congo?

I was left somewhat traumatised after going to see a screening of a controversial new Hollywood-backed short released this week, aimed at highlighting the link between minerals mined for British mobile phones and the use of rape and murder as weapons of war in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The highly graphic campaign video - appropriately called Unwatchable - starts with a little English girl picking flowers in the garden of her family’s multi-million pound mansion in a picturesque Cotswolds village.

This tranquil scene is shattered in an instant when armed men descend on the house, gang-rape her sister on the kitchen table and then murder her parents. It ends five minutes later with the girl running for her life.

“We placed it in a sort of cliché idyllic countryside, and tracing it back to mobile phones would make it relevant to people on the street,” Marc Hawker of production company DarkFibre told AlertNet.

from FaithWorld:

Did Jesus headline Glastonbury before Springsteen?

glastonburyJesus Christ may have visited an English town now renowned for a raucous modern-day music festival to meet ancient druids, a new film argues.  "And Did Those Feet" explores the theory that Jesus accompanied Joseph of Arimathea on a visit to the area around the southern English town of Glastonbury. (Photo: At the end of Glastonbury Festival 2009, 29 June 2009/Luke MacGregor)

The Glastonbury Festival held on a farm near the town draws some of the 21st century's biggest music stars such as Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Neil Young and U2 to the world's largest open air music and arts festival.

Is Harry Potter losing his magic?


It’s Hogwarts time again. Harry Potter is back in cinemas later this month with, no doubt, another box office bonanza for all concerned.

It’s been two years since the last Potter film, a gap in which one or two commentators have noted, the principal characters have grown up so much that maybe they’re getting a bit past the whole magic and wizards thing.

A film for posterity


oscar.jpgThe British Film Institute is asking members of the public: if you had to choose one film to bequeath to future generations, what would it be?  

Its website lists 75 potential candidates nominated by film world luminaries, ranging from popular classics like ”The Godfather” and “Ryan’s Daughter” to older favourites like “The Third Man”, “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Kind Hearts and Coronets”.