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About Rob Cawston

Rob Cawston is openDemocracy's production manager. He has written on film, literature, issues of transitional justice and Bob Dylan.

Articles by Rob Cawston

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Bucking the trend? More on coffee...

Has Starbucks turned a corner after announcing today an alliance with Ethiopian farmers?

Black Gold: Nick Francis interviewed

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In my short review of the documentary Black Gold I said I was trying to track down co-director Nick Francis.

Black Gold: wake up and smell the coffee

by Rob Cawston

Black Gold

Causes are boring. Or simply mundane. And the bigger they are the more the message gets subsumed into our everyday consciousness ... poverty bad, debt bad, aid ok, free trade bad (possibly), fair trade good (always?).

I saw a film at the weekend that woke me up again. A ristretto to the brain.

“Sorry”, Gail Jones

A poetic exploration of colonial-Aboriginal relations and the politics of apology in wartime Australia. Hear author Gail Jones talk about her latest novel.

"Alter Ego: Avatars and their Creators", Robbie Cooper

Portraits of online gamers and their virtual-world alter egos.

Los Desaparecidos: rescuing real lives

A new exhibition explores one of the terrible legacies of Latin America's dirty wars – the forced "disappearance" of thousands of people across the continent. Rob Cawston reviews, plus, a slideshow of selected images.

'Dreams of Peace and Freedom,' Jay Winter

Mapping the century's minor utopias and the individuals trying to imagine a radically better world.

American Zeitgeist: war through a wide-angled lens

Robert McGann’s film about the "war on terror" is that rare breed of documentary that resists political agenda, writes Rob Cawston, but how effectively does it tackle the bigger picture?

Latin America: Filming the past, framing the future

Rob Cawston looks at three recent films chronicling the struggle for human rights in Latin America.

"A Man Without a Country", Kurt Vonnegut

"Kurt Vonnegut can't 'parallel park worth a damn' but gives the kind of epigrammatic insights that most authors would give their writing arm for."

Is everything illuminated? The curse of 'logophilia'

Can a great novel make a great film? Rob Cawston considers a recent movie adaptation of one of his all-time favourite books “Everything is Illuminated.”

Nuremberg and the legacy of law


The architects of Nazi genocide were tried at Nuremberg sixty years ago. What lessons remain for the era of Rwanda, Bosnia, and Iraq? Robert Cawston weighs the balance between impunity and progress.

How it feels: Martin Scorsese's Bob Dylan

“No Direction Home” is a compelling film portrait of Bob Dylan which leaves the great musician as addictively elusive as ever, writes Rob Cawston.
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