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'Serenade for Nadia' Is a Beautifully Wrought Tale of Political Crimes Past and Present

Serenade for Nadia's complex plot allows Turkish author Zülfü Livaneli to sermonize on topics as varied as anti-Semitism, secularism and modernity, the role of faith in the modern world, diversity and multiculturalism, media and journalism, and more.

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Two Recent Novels Offer Differing Insights into the Sri Lankan Refugee Experience

Powerful novels The Boat People and Brixton Beach, both tackling the Sri Lankan refugee experience but from profoundly different angles, are eminently enjoyable reads but they're more than that: they're important reads.

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'The Other Side of Hope', or the Finnish Optimist's Sleight of Hand

Director Aki Kaurismäki feels a humanistic mission. His dryly humorous films about the small joys and victories of losers and drifters convey missives in which this sentiment is submerged under obstinate, absurd, classically framed dark humor.

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Two Graphic Biographies Showcase Photographers Robert Capa and Graciela Iturbide

Robert Capa: A Graphic Biography and Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide offer insights into the challenges of 20th century photography.

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Marcelino Truong's 'Saigon Calling' Is a Beautiful Graphic Memoir of a Nightmarish Time

This book offers a poignant and jarring reminder not just of the resilience of the human spirit, but also of its ability to seek solace in the materiality of one's present.

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'#MyEscape' Employs Innovative Filmmaking Techniques to Cover the Middle Eastern Refugee Crisis

Director Elke Sasse doesn't need to embellish the refugees’ stories; their own cell phone filmmaking and interviews provide plenty of narrative depth.

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'City of Thorns' Is a Clear, Painful Look Inside the World's Largest Refugee Camp

City of Thorns is a stunning and welcome antidote to simplistic treatments of refugee crises and the equally simplistic solutions sometimes offered for them.


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