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Monday, Sep 15, 2014
by Jakub Mejer
Dokufest is nine days, 237 films, six cinemas, and 13 thousand participants in a country I know almost nothing about.

While sitting in a cinema waiting for the start of Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portait, a film about the Syrian Civil War, two Austrian soldiers in camo uniforms sit next to me. This is not an ordinary thing to see in the cinema, but then, this is not an ordinary cinema. We are in a movie theater located in Europe’s youngest nation, Kosovo.


There are still more than 4,500 troops from around the world (739 from the United States) participating in a NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) peace-support operation. Camp Bondsteel, the biggest US foreign military base built since the end of Vietnam War, is just about 40 miles from this cinema.


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Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013
The red trees with white dots in front of the museum were just an introduction of what was awaiting us inside: the extraordinary mind of Yayoi Kusama.

It’s not usual to see a one block-long line to get in a museum, but it shouldn’t be surprising for how well Obsesión infinita, the first exhibition in Latin America of Yayoi Kusama, the princess of the Polka Dots, is being promoted. From 30 June to 16 September, her works from 1950 until 2013 are being exhibited in Buenos Aires, at the MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamerico de Buenos Aires or Museum of Latinamerican Art of Buenos Aires), and next, they will be available to see in several cities of Brazil and in Mexico City.


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