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The Movies Dibakar Banerjee, Director/Co-Producer of Shanghai at Toronto International Film Festival

Shanghai (110 min.): Dibakar Banerjee, Director/Co-Producer Toronto International Film Festival City to City: Mumbai www.shanghaithefilm.com This very physical, and action-based story of corruption, mystery and intrigue, was filmed, for the most part, in black and white. The film had moments of excitement, of drama, but there was a lack of dialogue, to the English-speaking viewer. It was obvious that the actors said a great deal in the original language, but the actual subtitles were limited, basic and vague. The saving grace, however, was the charming and succinct dialogue of the director himself. There was one scene, for example, that had Paul (my editor) very confused… in the midst of a carchase, a group of dancers blocked traffic, and interrupted the action. For a North American viewer, this is confusing… to say the least. The director explained that, in India,

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many movie venues have airconditioning, and with such a hot climate, it is customary to allow audience members to take a break from their seats, stretch, and do a little dance. Usually, it seems as though the actors are actually involved in the break and dance number. That this siesta would take place in the middle of a car-chase, therefore, is unusual, especially within the film itself. It’s as though the director was shedding light on his countries traditions in a context that we action-driven North Americans would begin to understand. It was a very interesting discussion, and, as a whole, an interesting concept. It is a pity that much of the dialogue seemed to be ignored, and seemed to be lost in the translation. With the directors’ explanation, there appeared to be a very in-depth and interesting film at play, but much of it was geared towards an audience who could understand both the language and the customs. Foreign films deserve to be respected in communities other than which they were created, and close attention to detailed and properly executed subtitles are nearly as important as production, casting and direction.

Chrissy CHRISSY is a film about bullying at school, relationships and the determination to succeed despite harsh conditions. It is an inspirational and educational film

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which has been written first with the younger age group in mind. It encourages primary school children to achieve academically and to their fullest potential. Makalah Harrison, Cara O’Donnell, Mac Fingall, Sophia Thomas, and Peter Boyce star in CHRISSY. Harrison and O’Donnell portray two elementary students who face very challenging situations while Fingall, Thomas, and Boyce are the educators these young friends must interact with as positively as possible. Harrison, who plays the title character, said she enjoyed the experience of acting in such an important movie. She said that she, unlike Chrissy, would immediately “recommend that any child who is being bullied to tell someone. Do not keep it to yourself and suffer in silence. I would ask that adults listen to us and do not dismiss bullying as just children being children.

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