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Thousand Words: Escaping the Male Gaze (Mustang, 2015)

In an interview last May, Denize Gamze Ergüven, the director of Mustang, described women’s place in Turkey’s current political climate: “The way [Erdogan] speaks: he makes [women] fragile with his messages, whether subliminal or explicit … the subtext is that women are only seen as sexual.” Speaking just seven months before President Trump was elected, […]

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On Location: Norway in Troll Hunter (André Øvredal, 2010)

Fairy tales are for kids. Or are they? Natural landscapes have inspired imaginations for centuries. Norway’s spectacular scenery in particular has conjured a considerable legacy of folklore, fairy tales, and mythology; it is a landscape full of mystery, with plenty of pockets to hide in. André Øvredal’s Troll Hunter (2010) takes us back to Norway’s narrative origins, […]