WFC Yemen: A New Day In Old Sana’a

This movie is fun.

Some of the performances are kinda stylised, but when you’re delivering your lines from behind a veil, you have to go big or you don’t deliver the lines at all.

This is a romantic comedy with mistaken identities and all kind of complications and it’s really funny. I love the actors, especially the er Greek choir (Yemenese choir?) of the three women gossiping on the streets. Well, all the women actors are wonderful, really.

It’s got some pacing problems, though, and then ending is kinda dreary.

A New Day In Old Sana’a. Bader Ben Hirsi. 2005. Yemen.

Yemen fizz

  • red grapes
  • 3 parts gin
  • 2 parts crème de cassis
  • 28 parts champagne

Muddle the grapes. Add the gin and the crème de cassis and shake with ice. Strain into a champagne glass and top up with champagne. Garnish with floating small red grape.

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WFC Moldova: Mama Illegal

Another documentary!

And this is perhaps more Austrian than Moldovan? But it’s from Moldova, so…

Anyway, this documentary is about Moldovan women who go to work in Europe (illegally, since Moldova isn’t part of the EU). Parts of it are kinda strange (as if the director had a murky agenda (like the extended scenes of children pining for their mothers)), but it’s an interesting film.

Engaging cinematography, too.

Mama Illegal. Ed Moschitz. 2011. Moldova.

Eggnog Rum Cocktail

  • 2 parts vodka
  • 2 parts rum
  • 1 part cream
  • 1 part eggnog

Shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled glass.

This recipe is a bit confusing, since eggnog traditionally already contains plenty of booze. So I made this recipe, but without the alcohol and then mixed according to the recipe above.

It’s a ridiculous alcohol/nog ratio.

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WFC Marshall Islands: Ña noniep

This is a very, very low budget film, but even so, there’s no reason for it being this bad. The people involved probably had fun making it (I hope), and I’m sorry for harshing this much here, but:

I am the Good Fairy. Jack Niedenthal. 2009. Marshall Islands.

Marshall Island Swizzle

  • 4 parts dark rum
  • 1 part ginger syrup
  • 1 part honey syrup
  • 2 parts lime juice
  • a dash of Angostura bitters

Pour into a glass and stir with ice until cold. Add a straw.

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WFC Sierra Leone: Brownstones to Red Dirt

Oops. It a documentary (for children?), and it’s really more American than Sierra Leonish. (Is that a word?)

Sorry!

It’s packed with cheesy music and it’s chock full of snips of Things Kids Say. I mean, the kids are great and stuff, but the film is kind of pedestrian.

Brownstones to Red Dirt. Dave LaMattina. 2010. Sierra Leone.

Guava Ginger Zinger Cocktail

  • 1 part vodka
  • 2 parts guava juice
  • 2 parts ginger beer
  • a dash of lime juice

Pour into an ice-filled glass and stir. Top up with the ginger beer.

This guava looks (and tastes) quite different from the previous ones. The mixture of guava and ginger beer is odd, but not unpleasant.

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WFC Paraguay: 7 Cajas

Fantastic actors, especially the one playing Liz. And Tamara. Well, OK, all the female actors. The male actors are more variable.

Very fresh cinematography and an intriguing plot. So: Yet another great South American film. It’s like a trend.

This film is funny and exciting.

7 Boxes. Juan Carlos Maneglia. 2012. Paraguay.

Paraguay Passion

  • 2 parts passion fruit juice
  • 1 part dark rum
  • 1 part triple sec

Shake with ice and strain into a champagne glass.

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WFC Myanmar: Born Warriors Redux: Bound Fists

A documentary about boxing. Or something.

It’s an interesting subject, but the film itself is very unambitious. Many of the fights are filmed with a single stationary camera, and there isn’t much of a narrative. It’s the usual TV documentary talking head/on location/talking head/on location thing.

The way the narrator tries to say something but not too much (regime wise) is endearing. Typical example: “The fight is held in a makeshift ring, governed by a military leader with a rifle slung over his shoulder. The sight of a man parading around the ring with a rifle can be off-putting. But his love of the sport and his joy at being part of the show soon washes away any discomfort about his presence.”

Right.

It’s probably quite interesting for people who are interested in this kind of thing (it has a 9.4 rating on IMDB), and it is enjoyable. But:

Born Warriors Redux: Bound Fists. Vincent Giordano. 2014. Myanmar.

Pegu Club

  • 2 parts gin
  • 1 part orange curaçao
  • a bit of lime juice
  • a dash Angostura bitters
  • a dash orange bitters

Shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled glass.

That’s a very boozy drink.

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