WFC Tajikistan: سکوت‎‎

I guess this is more of an Iranian film than a Tajikistani (that’s a word, right?) film, but

And, wow! What an unexpected delight! An honest-to-goodness avant garde film! Yay! If I had known that this was an Iranian film, this wouldn’t have come as such a surprise, seeing as Iran is really the cultural power house of the region.

I don’t know whether the actors are purposefully stiff or whether they’re just not, er, actors, but the stilted quality lends a further sheen to the strange proceedings. Very Bressonesque.

But to be honest, most of the film I was going “Don’t fuck it up! Don’t start making ‘sense’!” And it almost made it all the way; deliciously obscure. If it had only stopped before the very last scene, which was hokey in all the wrong ways.

But it’s otherwise riveting.

The Silence. Mohsen Makhmalbaf. 1998. Tajikistan.

Boulder Tangerine Bourbon Sour

  • 24 parts bourbon
  • 8 parts lemon tea
  • 8 parts simple syrup
  • 1 part lime juice
  • 3 parts lemon juice

Shake with ice. Pour into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a cherry and a slice of orange.

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WFC Qatar: Divines

I got this on DVD, but it turned out to only have French subtitles. *sigh* But Netflix had it streaming with English subtitles, so the Ipod to the rescue again.

This is the first Netflix film in this blog series: It occurred to me that they might have a larger library of films co-produced by European countries than Amazon, and that seems to be the case. The video quality isn’t bad: Not as artifactey as some Amazon videos are, but it’s sometimes kinda choppy? I’d prefer to watch from Bluray or DVD, as always…

I guess this film is more French than Qatari (that’s a word, right?), but

The actors here are wonderful, the characters are fun and unexpected, the cinematography is beautiful, the plot is loopy and exciting. There are a few scenes that I don’t quite buy (like in the school or the “are you scared?” scene), but it’s compulsively watchable.

The robbery/dance premiere edit climax thing is really, really bad. And even though I teared up at the ending, I loathed the “ironic” manipulative moral twist ending. But still, if you make an edit of this film that ends at the train station:

Divines. Houda Benyamina. 2016. Qatar.

Official Bullfrog Cocktail

  • 1 part gin
  • 1 part tequila
  • 1 part vodka
  • 1 part white rum
  • 1 part blue curaçao
  • 1 part Red Bull

Pour everything (except the Red Bull) into an ice-filled glass and stir until cold. Top off with the Red Bull and stir briefly.

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WFC Bahrain: حكاية بحرينية

This is high melodrama with long-suffering, noble women and harsh, evil men. The actors are highly variable and the cinematigraphy isn’t very exciting, but somehow it still works. It’s fascinatingly odd in parts and rather gripping.

And it’s funny, too, in-between the drama.

A Bahraini Tale. Bassam Al-Thawadi. 2006. Bahrain.

M E Cafe Latte Cocktail

  • 3 whole cardamom seeds
  • 45 ml dark rum
  • 45 ml Madeira
  • 5 ml simple syrup
  • 1 whole egg

Muddle the cardamom seeds in a shaker. Add the remaining ingredients and shake. Add ice, shake more, and double strain into a tulip glass. Garnish with some cardamom seeds.

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WFC Iceland: Nói albinói

“I am so in this class. I’m totally not an adult.”

This has a very un-colour-corrected look, which is nice.

I was a bit thrown at first, wondering why this adult was hanging around at school and living at home with his parents: Was he developmentally challenged or something? But it turned out to just be the “we’ll cast a 26 year old to play the 17 year old! Nobody’ll notice!” thing.

But it’s kinda good once I got past the initial confusion.

Noi the Albino. Dagur Kári. 2003. Iceland.

Iceberg Paralyzer

  • 1 part vodka
  • 1 part Kahlua
  • 1 part Coca Cola
  • 1 part milk

Fill a glass with ice. Pour all the ingredients over the ice and stir.

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WFC Kuwait: الجزء غير المفقود

This short is on Youtube.

This one, on the other hand… The first sip isn’t.

The Unmissing Part. Ahmad Abdullah Alkhudari . 2016. Kuwait.

Caramel – Swirl Hot Chocolate

  • water
  • milk chocolate
  • cream
  • sugar
  • caramel sauce
  • rum

Dissolve the chocolate in water. Add cream. Allow to cool off. Meanwhile, whip cream with sugar. Swirl in the caramel sauce. Meanwhile meanwhile, add rum to the chocolate, and fold in the cream/caramel lightly.

(I added the rum to the recipe.)

It looks disgusting, but it’s rather good. At least the first couple of sips.

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WFC Kiribati: Kiribati: Words from the Last Generation

This documentary is on Youtube. The story it tells is heartbreaking, but it’s edited in that American TV Documentary fashion where there’s not a millisecond of time of silence to digest between each sound bite.

While that may be a sound commercial choice for a documentary seeking to get people to take action (against climate change), it really gets on my tits. Sorry!

But when they just allow the kids to talk to the camera without the frantic editing and insistent sound track, it’s really good.

Kiribati: Words from the Last Generation. Aurora Brachman & Bradley King . 2017. Kiribati.

Kiribati Samoan Poi (Mashed Bananas with Coconut Cream)

  • a ripe banana
  • some coconut cream
  • sugar to taste
  • a dash of vanilla sugar
  • some zest of a lemon
  • some rum
  • crushed ice

Run through a blender.

I adapted this recipe slightly from the original (which was just mashed in a bowl) by adding more liquids (especially the rum) and running through a blender. So instead of a dessert it’s now a cocktail.

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WFC Liberia: The Redemption of General Butt Naked

This documentary is another Amazon Video find and is perhaps more American than Liberian. It’s about a former Liberian warlord who was even more way out there than the rest: General Butt Naked, who went on naked killing sprees. He’s now reformed and is a Christian preacher.

It’s a fascinating film because he’s seems so open and honest about all the atrocities he’d performed. I’m usually just intensely bored by the “getting to know mass murderer” genre: Killers are sad, stupid and dull. But this one’s just so horrifying. And the director is going for a level of ambiguity that’s very refreshing.

It’s so bizarre and well-made that I had to google it to ensure that this wasn’t yet another fake documentary, but the internets seem to say that it’s real.

The Redemption of General Butt Naked. Daniele Anastasion and Eric Strauss. 2011. Liberia.

Liberian Ginger Beer

  • 1 part ginger
  • 2 parts pineapple
  • yeast
  • 1 part molasses
  • 1 part rum

Chop the ginger finely. Chop the pineapple into chunks (without peeling). Bring the water to a boil pour over the ginger and pineapple. Cool to lukewarm. Add the yeast. Allow to stand overnight covered. Add the molasses and the rum. Strain and chill.

The original recipe is without the alcohol.

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