Market in 2013 for plastic surgery was mainly female, says data released by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Women had 45,365 operations, compared with 4,757 for men.
Image Matters presents the story of a close-knit community of bourgeois women in Lebanon who live in a culture of “perfectability.” But it’s not confined to Lebanon – in the developed world all women face these choices.
Why does Image matter so much? Why are we prepared to cut, burn and inject poison into ourselves to “look perfect”?
TAKING OVER THE KING’S LANDhas been completed and signed off. The film is now winging its way around the world in festival submissions.
Portrait of Nazir Tanbouli
London Summer 2012. It’s Jubilee year, Olympic year.
And in a forgotten corner of East London, in the shadow of the Olympic site, Egyptian artist Nazir Tanbouli is battling weather, vandalism and lack of funds, to create a massive mural installation throughout a semi-derelict housing estate.
One man, one brush. Taking Over the King’s Land follows Nazir through his self appointed task on the Kingsland estate. Can art counter the urban atmosphere of deprivation, blight and neglect?
“The two women talking about shopping in the midst of war—there are so many layers of contemporary culture captured here simultaneously, such as a distracting investment in the surface, a solution to anxiety.”
Rozy was interviewed ahead of the screening on 24 August of IMAGE MATTERS at the Lebanese Film Festival in Sydney Australia. The Festival showcases Lebanese arts and culture through film, with a wide variety of movies made by Lebanese and international film makers. http://lebanesefilmfestival.com.au/
TEO TODOROV is a young Bulgarian film maker based in London. Fed up with scathing media reports about Bulgaria from EU-phobic newspapers, he wanted to make a film that would correct misconceptions. And yet, he was aware that in today’s Bulgaria despite a phenomenally rich history, there are many problems. What to do?
Teo formed Kro.no Productions with his fellow film school graduates and they have gone off to Bulgaria to research and discover what is modern Bulgaria all about?
A country that has had difficulty extricating itself from the Soviet shadow, Bulgaria is little known in Western Europe. As the director says,
“The film will be a unique look into post-communist, modern day Bulgaria, giving an insight into Eastern Europe that is rarely (if ever) seen in the Western world. Running through the film will be a focus on the tradition of icon painting throughout Bulgaria’s history, and why this is such an important part of the culture. The film will include a number of different personal stories, by people of varying social backgrounds, told with interviews and reenactments for some of the more dramatic parts.”
Influenced by the documentary approaches of Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, among others, Todorov has found some strange and unique stories that promise to finally shed some light on this mysterious and fascinating part of Europe.
A Brush Soaked in Carmine is a new documentary about modern Bulgaria. What do we really know about this ancient country and its people? On the periphery of the EU, this former Soviet satellite state is one of the EU’s newest members yet we know little about it.
Bulgarian film maker Teo Todorov want to change that. A Brush Soaked in Carmine will be a critical and uncompromising view of this fascinating country.
Kro.no Pictures is currently fundraising to make this movie – support them if you can.