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Sunny Hundal is openDemocracy’s social media editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

openDemocracy sees films differently: pioneering the mini-essay cine-crit, we offer in-depth and lateral criticism of films and the cultures they emerge from.

Pearl Harbour: America's escape into myth

Behind the bombastic special effects, Michael Bay’s epic of the 1941 “day of infamy” is the product of an America steeped in regressive myths of death, innocence, and purity.

The gulf between us

Two recent European films of human migration and disconnection, Paul Pawlikowski’s Last Resort and Michael Haneke’s Code Unknown, offer contrasting narratives of the immigrant-as-hero. But do they both give equal space to their characters and open up a true dialogue with their audiences?It is nearly half a century since, in his classic film essay The Gangster as Tragic Hero, Robert Warshow first drew the attention of cinema-goers to our perennial fascination with the hero-as-outsider.

Hollywood cheers and China shrugs

An epic “Western” set in, er, China, could never please everyone. Isaac Leung explains why the continent-crossing ambitions of Ang Lee’s Oscar winner seemed irrelevant to eastern audiences.
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