The future of the empty streets in Ålesund

It is 11am on a Saturday morning in the coastal city of Ålesund. For once, the weather is nice enough to be outside, but the city is sleeping. The city, that is home to approximately 70 thousand inhabitants, has seen a lot of change during the last 10 years. As a competing shopping mall, 15 minutes outside the city, has grown bigger and bigger, stores … Continue reading The future of the empty streets in Ålesund

Smoking and cheating: Welcome to Emily’s Paris

In 2020, Netflix released a new show, Emily in Paris, relating the adventures of an American woman who comes to work in the city of lights. After the first season, waves of mockery, parody, and indignation have crashed the Internet. Paris and its inhabitants are shown from a US perspective, full of cheating, smoking, drinking wine and eating baguette. But is it full of clichés? … Continue reading Smoking and cheating: Welcome to Emily’s Paris

The Voice of the People leaving its audience speechless

In The Voice of the People, Andreas Wilcke shows the communication strategies of the AfD, a right-wing party that came out of nowhere and became the third strongest party in the German Bundestag in 2017. If you know the history of the AfD, you’ll enjoy the documentary. Without the necessary background knowledge, you’ll leave the cinema with more questions than answers. In a rural tavern, … Continue reading The Voice of the People leaving its audience speechless

Cow: An emotional gateway into veganism

‘Cow’ portrays the life of Luma, a cow who spends her life on a British dairy farm. The documentary shows her experience first-hand, which shows the harsh reality of how humans get ownership of the milk they consume in their daily lives. In the first few moments of Cow, we meet Luma while she is giving birth. She meets her calf and licks it clean … Continue reading Cow: An emotional gateway into veganism

Exploring the Beirut Blast on an individual level

Octopus, by Karim Kassem, is a uniquely styled and unforgettable depiction of the aftermath of the Beirut blast on 4 August 2020. The documentary displays the direct aftermath of the blast. Yet specifically focusing on the people affected, and how their communities are trying to recuperate. Tick-tock, tick-tock, followed by silence. In the first few minutes of the piece, a loud clock can be heard … Continue reading Exploring the Beirut Blast on an individual level

Molenbeek on the right path

Molenbeek is an area of Brussels which is discussed a lot. In more recent news, Molenbeek has been called a hell hole by former American president Donald Trump. Why, you might ask? After the 2015 attacks in Paris and the 2016 attacks in Brussels, Molenbeek turned out to be a breeding ground for extremists, ISIS terrorists. This bad reputation still lingers around Molenbeek, but a … Continue reading Molenbeek on the right path

Relationship between Poland and the European Union reaches boiling point

For months, tensions have been rising between Poland and the European Union. Yet with no end in sight for the fractured relationship, the question of where the relationship goes from here is not the only topic put to the test, but the future of the European Union itself.                         At the beginning of the year, Poland introduced some of the toughest abortion laws … Continue reading Relationship between Poland and the European Union reaches boiling point

No more crowds, no more waiting

It’s Wednesday afternoon at the NEMO Museum. As you enter the first floor of the exhibitions you can already see a lot of people walking around. Many experiments and test objects are set up here. In the entire museum, you can spot children aged between five and twelve, running from experiment to experiment. The longer they use the test objects, the wider the children’s eyes get. … Continue reading No more crowds, no more waiting

James Bond saves the world, but can he rescue European movie theatres?

The new bond film “No time to die” is the hope in times of need for cinemas. But it also symbolises the competition with streaming services. Sam Bates’ path to cinema hall 11 leads up three escalators. Relaxed, he lowers himself into his red cinema seat, an M&M packet in one hand, his Fanta in the other. He casually rests his right foot on his … Continue reading James Bond saves the world, but can he rescue European movie theatres?