WFC Djibouti: Men in the Arena

Was this what 45 was thinking of?

Yes! Djibouti!

This is more of an American/Somali film than a Djibouti (that’s a word), but there is some Djiboutian (that’s a word) interest… because of the… football…

It’s about a football team.

I mean, I’m not the right person to say whether a football documentary is a good one or not, but I found this very engaging. I almost laughed, I almost cried…

Men in the Arena. J.R. Biersmith. 2017. Djibouti.

Retoxed Detox Tea

  • green tea
  • mint tea
  • ginger
  • lemongrass
  • rum

Grate the ginger, brew with all ingredients except the rum. Allow to chill and then pour into an ice-filled glass. Add rum to taste.

(I added the rum to the recipe.)

I think it’s the mint that ruins this drink.

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WFC Turkmenistan: Alexander’s Lost World

This is an Australian documentary that can be found on Youtube, but it’s kinda sorta from Turkmenistan. Finding genuine Turkmen films proved rather challenging.

As documentaries go, it’s… OK. It’s nice and HD, so plenty of vistaey vistas. There’s a lot of speculation based on how things “must” have been, and isn’t very convincing, really. But it’s interesting.

Alexander’s Lost World. Unknown. 2013. Turkmenistan.

Vodka Green Tea Sprizter recipe

  • 2 parts vodka
  • 4 parts green tea
  • 2 parts ginger ale
  • 1 part lime juice

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.

This isn’t a Turkmen recipe, but they do seem to like green tea and vodka there, so I used my imagination.

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WFC Mauritius: La rencontre

This is a stylishly shot but rather trivial short about … I guess, insanity and drugs (tl;ds: Don’t Do Drugs). It’s kinda fun, although it goes out of its way to explain all the mysteries it sets up in way too much detail.

And it’s not on Youtube, but on Viddsee (sic), which sounds totally legitimate. I couldn’t convince mplayer to play it, so I had to watch it on my Android tablet. And it’s way artifacty.

The Encounter. Jon Rabaud. 2015. Mauritius.

Mango Rum

  • 2 parts triple sec
  • 5 parts dark rum
  • 5 parts cold water
  • 10 parts mango

Run all the ingredients through a blender. Pour into an ice-filled glass.

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WFC Bahamas: Not | Gay

This is an anthology film, and only one of the four shorts included are from Bahamas. They’re all kinda interesting and quirky. The Bahamian (that’s definitely a word) one is perhaps the quirkiest one: It’s about a guy with an OCD cleaning obsession. It is, unfortunately, the most indifferently filmed one.

Hm… I guess I’ll throw the die based on all the films on this DVD; not just the Bahamian one.

Not Gay. Jean-Baptiste Erreca/Kareem Mortimer/Scott Boswell/Tony Wei. 2008. Bahamas.


  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 6 parts coconut water
  • 3 parts dark rum
  • brown sugar cubes

Muddle sugar cubes with lemon juice in a shaker. Add the other ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a lemon slice and some shredded coconut.

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WFC Gambia: The Exchange: Six Faces of the Gambia

This documentary can be found on Youtube. I mean imdb(!?).

It explicitly says at the beginning that it’s not going to focus on poverty, but is going to show us some interesting people from the Gambia who are doing interesting stuff.

And then it does.

It’s not very exciting as a film: The cinematography and editing is very workmanlike, but it’s still kinda interesting.

The Exchange: Six Faces of the Gambia. Mathew Welsh. 2009. Gambia.

Wonjo Cocktail

  • hibiscus flowers
  • sugar
  • whiskey

Make sweetened hibiscus tea and allow to cool. Shake tea and whiskey with ice and strain into an ice-filled glass.

This may not be a genuine Gambian recipe: I found it on a discussion page where they were talking about hibiscus drinks from all over the world. But the hibiscus thing should definitely be Gambian.

It’s really tasty. I’ve done a lot of hibiscus-based drinks from Africa, but this may be the both easiest and smoothest one.

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