Sean Mullin’s background as a filmmaker isn’t unconventional at first glance: The director of Drafthouse Films’ new romantic comedy Amira & Sam got his start doing improv and stand-up at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in New York, working on screenplays and film projects on the side. But the other side of his background is what really informs his debut feature, which stars Martin Starr as Sam, a former Green Beret transitioning back to civilian life, and newcomer Dina Shihabi as Amira, an Iraqi immigrant living undocumented in New York. advertisement advertisement “I had gone to West Point for my undergraduate, so I served, but it was peacetime when I was in,” Mullin explains. “It was before September 11, and so I was doing active duty stuff in Germany, before I left there and moved to New York City and joined the New York National Guard.” Mullin (who, just to be clear, is a different dude than “Rockabye” … [Read more...] about “Amira and Sam” Director Sean Mullin On Making A Rom-Com About A War Vet, An Iraqi Refugee, And A Broken, Racist System
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The end of 2015 leaves many of the year’s most significant issues still very much in flux, including the reform of U.S. gun control laws, the fates of thousands of Syrian refugees, and the legal status of massive startups like Uber and Airbnb. Here’s our list of some of the most crucial topics facing the world in 2016: advertisement advertisement The Refugee Crisis As hundreds of thousands of people flee violence in Syria, governments in Europe and the U.S. are grappling with how to resettle them. Many Syrians are seeking refuge in Europe, and President Obama has pledged that the U.S. will accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year. Climate Change Just like 2014 before it, 2015 was the hottest year on record. In December, after weeks of negotiation in Paris, 195 nations agreed to a landmark deal that outlines a plan for global cooperation against climate change. While the Paris deal is an important step, the work of implementing it has barely … [Read more...] about 10 Issues That Will Shape The World In 2016
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is on a two-day visit to India and was welcomed by President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with an embrace of course.The reason for his visit is the strengthening of bilateral ties in various sectors, including energy and defence. If it’s a run-of-the-mill visit by a foreign dignitary, then what makes it controversial, you ask? Well, like in a David Fincher film, the timing.Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s (popularly known as MBS) visit to India comes within five days of the terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama, which killed 40 jawans and infuriated the entire nation. After the attack, PM Modi had vowed to hunt down the perpetrators and avenge each drop of the martyrs' blood.Close The responsibility of the attack was claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a banned terrorist organization which reportedly operates from Pakistani soil. JeM chief Masood Azhar, one of the most notorious terrorists in … [Read more...] about Should India really embrace Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit?