Third episode of Danger Zone where journalist Ariglit Boonyai travels to Erbil, in Iraq which is also the capital of Kurdistan. Erbil is located up north in Iraq and has Iran, Turkey and Syria as borders, so it is a border state. There is an ongoing conflict in this part of the world, with the Kurdish Peshmerga forces wanting an independent Kurdistan, the Iraqi army opposing them and then there is ISIS, the Islamic terrorist group which is also occupying large parts of the area including the city of Mosul. There are approximately 2 million internally displaced people in Iraq including the Yazidis who follow a mix of Islam and Christianity. Many of the refugees occupy uncompleted buildings or malls and live in terrible conditions. There are oil assets in that part of Iraq so the Iraqi government is averse to giving leeway to the Kurdish or the ISIS forces. Children are abducted, women are raped, men are killed, there are landmines everywhere. Boonyai does manage to meet one Kurdish commander and the head of the UN mission there. One Iraqi ex-advisor says that unless the Islamic nations do not take action or react, ISIS will get entrenched in every Islamic state in a few years. The Kurdish commander wants the world to know what they are fighting for. Interesting series, this, so far has been good, the only issue is with excessive close up shots of Boonyai which i think is overdoing it. Otherwise good to watch series.
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In the second edition of Danger Zone, Arglit Boonyai travels to Shan State in Myanmar where there has been a raging conflict going on between the ethinc rebels and the army for more than 7 decades. There are more than four rebel groups including the Kachin independence group who are involved in the conflict. The rebel groups want independence or autonomy for their region but the Myanmar President has promised to set up a federal structure in the country. But still both sides are refusing to budge. The rebels want the army and police out of their area because apparently that is creating distrust, besides the army supposedly indulging in rape, torture & destruction. Boonyai travels to some restricted areas where foreigners are not allowed to visit and does manage to meet a couple of the rebel leaders. The main conflict is raging in the Kachin state and the Shan state and if you look at the Myanmar map, both these states constitute roughly little more than half of the entire Myanmar territory. No wonder the army and the government does not want to cede control of these regions. Plus the area is rich in natural resources including silica, which is another bone of contention between the groups. Boonyai does not look at any cultural aspects of the Shan state, because apparently there is’nt anything to report about. A lot number of Myanmarese are incarcerated in refugee camps.
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French series. Christophe Vitari (Richard Anconina) is a lawyer on the rolls of a paper producing magnate Charles Devaux (Didier Flamand). The factory sees a death of a factory manager which is pinned on an intern (Noemie Merlant). Christophe is hired to defend the company but ends up seeing a lot of loose cannon which possibly hints at the innocence of the girl. Interesting series this one, with a lot of passion in the acting department. Richard and Didier Flamand were good in their roles, but Merlant was just about passable.
The Sunfish a Danish film starring Henrik Birch and Susanne Storm. Kesse (Henrik Birch) is a fisherman on bad times, due to quota problems in fishing and him not able to earn enough. Bank is after him to perform or let go of his house, boat, etc. Gerd (Susanne Storm) is a marine biologist out to do a study in the waters. They fall in love but still his economic problems remain for which he agrees to do a shady deal to earn extra, Of the characters, both Birch and Storm are very good.
People who are Well, an Italian movie starring Claudio Bisio, Margherita Buy, Jennipher Rodriguez among others. Its a comedy tragedy genre. Claudio is a lawyer happily married to Carla (Margherita Buy) in a dysfunctional family. His boss is downsizing so he has to leave the firm, but gets involved with the boss’ third wife (Jennipher Rodriguez) who has a troubled relationship with her husband. New opening comes up for Claudio with an international law firm setting up office in Italy, in the meanwhile Carla is 3rd time pregnant. So it all comes together in a finale. From comedy the movie moves seamlessly to tragedy. Worth a watch if you like international movies.