Arts & Entertainment

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From Mandela to Philomena at Chicago Film Festival

In its 49th season, the Chicago International Film Festival is the longest-running competitive film festival in North America. With over 150 titles from over 50 countries, there is a wealth of films to choose from for any progressive viewer.

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“The Gatekeepers”: brutally frank and powerful

If you have any interest at all in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, "The Gatekeepers" is essential viewing.

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“What Lies Across the Water”: Revealing new book on Cuban 5

In comprehensive and convincing fashion the book explains how the Cuban Five came to be arrested, tried, and imprisoned.

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Big Road in Chelsea joins in with Make Music New York

On June 21, musicians from around New York provided an opportunity to stop, relax and enjoy music on a beautiful day during the city's Make Music New York celebration.

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"Multicultural Soup"

A poem from a recent People's World party, potluck and fundraiser celebrating international labor solidarity and the fight for immigrant rights.

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Of fire and ghazals, Agha Shahid Ali, poet of the week

The life of exile has few pluses. But one is that it opens the door to a truly internationalist consciousness, and culture.

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Movies you might have missed: "The Band's Visit"

The 2007 film The Band's Visit concerns the unexpected adventure experienced by an Egyptian ceremonial police band traveling to a small Israeli town where they have been invited to perform.

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Jedi creed, Paganism among top alternative beliefs in UK

The branching out of other faiths, and the increase in people who choose to abstain from religion, could be seen as an example of growing diversity in the UK.

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“An African Election” gives riveting backdrop to coming Ghana vote

The critically acclaimed documentary "An African Election" provides a riveting taste of politics in Ghana, the West African nation that is gearing up for elections this Friday.

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“Act of Killing” disturbingly depicts banality of evil

Some challenged the idea that ordinary people can commit evil acts because they simply follow orders. Some suggest people can become evil when they identify with evil ideology.

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