Eleven year old David Wiseman is mad about cricket but no good at it. He has all the kit but none of the skill, and he's a laughing stock at school. So when a Jamaican family move in next door and build a cricket net in the back garden, David is in seventh heaven. But this is 1960's England, and when the neighbours start to make life difficult for the new arrivals, David's family are caught in the middle, and he has to choose between fitting in and standing up for the new friends who have turned his world upside down.
**I enjoyed this film. I thought Delroy Lindo did a great job as Dennis the father who takes David under his wing and helps him improve at cricket. I heard that it might get wider release, but I am not sure.
Original langCzech (Montreal film festival---info is from)
Set amid the modern ugliness of a North Bohemian industrial neighbourhood, Bohdan Slámas slice-of-ordinary saga begins as a young woman named Monika waves a tearful airport goodbye to her boyfriend heading off for America, while the couples pal and childhood friend, Tonik the boy who really loves her, of course stands by her side.
***The stark and depressing lives of these young adults in the Czech Republic trying to make the most of their lives, loves and relationships with others.
IRON ISLAND (Persian and shown at the Cannes 2004 Film Festival) www.rottentomatoes.com
The titular "Iron Island" is a huge rusting tanker off the Iranian coast in which dozens of homeless families have found shelter and formed a community. The head of the ship, Captain Nemat tries to balance finding jobs, oil, food and even husbands for the poor and struggling families. He controls the "residence" with absolute power which comes to violent crisis when two young lovers attempt to defy his authority and from the increasing pressure of business interests seeking to seize the ship and evict the residents. -- © Kino International
***There was a scene where the kids are asking the teacher about war and that they should be fighting etc. But the teacher was trying to disabuse the children the "necessity" of fighting. Made me think that it is much easier for us in my world, all the freedoms I do take for granted as a woman. I don't have to don a burka/or face covering or be considered chattel or a family burden.
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