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‘Symbiotic Earth’ Explores Scientific Rebel Lynn Margulis’ Theory of Evolution

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A new documentary feature about Lynn Margulis, a scientific rebel who challenged entrenched theories of evolution to present a new narrative: life evolves through collaboration.

Symbiotic Earth: How Lynn Margulis rocked the boat and started a scientific revolution will premiere worldwide in March 2018 at Oxford University on March 3, the Museu Blau of the Natural Sciences Museum of Barcelona on March 7 and the David Brower Center in Berkeley on March 18. The premieres will launch a worldwide series of community screenings.

Symbiotic Earth is the story of a scientific rebel. A model of female empowerment, Lynn Margulis fought the male establishment and, through her persistence and triumphed.

As a young scientist in the 1960s, Margulis was ridiculed when she articulated a theory that symbiosis was a key driver of evolution. Instead of the mechanistic view that life evolved through random mutations and competition (the Darwin model of “survival of the fittest”), she »

- Sydney Levine

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Official Oscar® Entry from Egypt ‘Sheikh Jackson’

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Sheikh Jackson is the new film by Amr Salama, a prominent young Egyptian writer and director whose credits include the prize-winning AIDS drama Asmaa and the coming-of-age comedy Excuse My French, which swept the board at Egypt’s equivalent of the Oscars, as well as the documentary Tahrir which premiered in Venice, winning the Fipresci Award.

It is a strange thing to see an ultra strict iman recall his sweet innocent school days as a devotee of Michael Jackson. While playing like a comedy, there is a sadness to the amount of supression that goes into the creation of the fundamentalist strictness of the man today. As a child he was mistreated just enough by his father to lose the magical charm Michael Jackson exercised upon him.

I wanted to laugh but found it profoundly upsetting to realize the dynamic behind such fundamentalism today.

The director himself said,

I never »

- Sydney Levine

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Statement from MPAA Chairman & CEO Charles Rivkin on Saudi Arabia’s Decision to Re-Open Movie…

11 December 2017 7:07 PM, PST

Statement from MPAA Chairman & CEO Charles Rivkin on Saudi Arabia’s Decision to Re-Open Movie TheatersThe following is a statement from Charles Rivkin, Chairman & CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), on today’s announcement that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will allow movie theaters to open after more than 35 years.

“The MPAA applauds the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia — under the leadership of Hrh Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman — for its decision to end the prohibition on movie theaters. This is a positive step for the development of Saudi Arabia’s local creative economy and for moviegoers throughout the Middle East region. We firmly believe that film has the power to build bridges, across borders and between cultures, in every corner of the world.

“I traveled to Saudi Arabia while serving as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs and saw firsthand how members of the »

- Sydney Levine

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Top 20 Foreign Language Oscar Contenders and 5 Dark Horses

10 December 2017 6:38 PM, PST

With 92 countries in the running and not a clear frontrunner, this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race is wide open for surprises, snubs, and possibly a country without previous wins taking the prize. The 9-film shortlist is expected to be announced this week and there are plenty of strong candidates, which means a few of the bigger titles may get shut out — as is the case every year.

Based on my recollections from screenings, conversations, and precursor awards nominations, I’ve put together a list of 20 films that, in my opinion, appear to be the ones most likely to make it to the next phase of the competition. I’ve listed some reasons for these picks, but like with all awards, nothing is certain. I’ve also included five more films that have the merits to sneak in, but that are long shots at this point.

Top 20 Contenders


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- Carlos Aguilar

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