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How Iranian Cinema Continues to Flourish Despite Government Crackdowns

Authoritarian governments have always feared the power of film and its creators. Iran is no exception.  On the 14th of October 2022 director, Mani Haghighi’s passport was confiscated after he was banned from boarding his flight to London. He was meant to appear at the BFI London Film Festival (LFF) for the screening of his […]


Diplomatic Immunity: China faces few consequences over Uighur suppression

On 24th November 2019, a collection of leaked documents from the Chinese government revealed the extent of the suppression of the Uighur ethnic minority in Xinjiang province. The “China cables” confirmed that “re-education camps” were part of a concerted effort to eradicate Uighur culture. In the immediate aftermath, fuelled by popular outcry, Western governments released […]