Their way of ‘looking’ at the world is through Bilal’s eyes

How Bilal cheers his loved ones up with his childlike purity and innocence, even in the most desperate circumstances. By Lieve Thuis The Netherlands, 2020 – “Bilal” is a film about an unusual story of a three-year-old Muslim boy living with his younger brother Hamza and blind parents in the chaotic centre of Kolkata, India. The world of Bilal shows rare moments of sharing love, … Continue reading Their way of ‘looking’ at the world is through Bilal’s eyes

WAR, LOVE AND NEW LIFE AMONGST THE RUBBLE

FOR SAMA (2019): This agonizingly intimate account of the Syrian war will make you forget about your first-world problems   Two young boys, hardly the age of ten, both covered in dust, are rushing the lifeless body of another young boy into a makeshift hospital in Aleppo. A missile hit their house. The boy, Mohammed Ameen, was their brother. Their mother arrives, looking for her … Continue reading WAR, LOVE AND NEW LIFE AMONGST THE RUBBLE

The ancient art of Ottoman cuisine

When thinking of Turkish food, what immediately comes to mind is kebab, lahmacun and köfte. However, there is a lot more to find in the Ottoman kitchen. The Asitane restaurant in Istanbul has taken 500-year-old recipes from the palace archives and turned them into an ancient culinary experience. Text by Gijs de Boer, photos by Mila Emmer The ancient Ottoman Empire covers a time span … Continue reading The ancient art of Ottoman cuisine

‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Review: A Thrilling Illusion

Written by Chirine Aboussaad, 14 May 2019 | THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD | DIRECTED BY: PETER JACKSON | RUN TIME: 104 MINUTES Peter Jackson’s latest work brings the Great War to life for generations to come in a visually stunning documentary. They Shall Not Grow Old opens on a pitch-black screen, enhanced by only the sound of someone whistling an unspecified tune in the … Continue reading ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Review: A Thrilling Illusion

With jelly or without?

Making choices has never been more difficult Written by Melanie Schlemmer Our grandparents and parents fought for big, social revolutions but also small and personal revolutions to give us the opportunity to choose. We now have more options than ever before. Their revolutions brought us freedom of choice, independence, and empowerment. While being grateful for those possibilities, I’m sure every one of us knows how … Continue reading With jelly or without?

“Oh my god, I love your top!” – Becoming a compliment monster

By: Laura Hornberger During my exchange program in Amsterdam, I suddenly became a compliment maker. I found myself complimenting my classmates about their outfits, study skills and even about their well-prepared food. But why is it so much easier to say compliments out loud in English? And are many superficial compliments meaningless in the end? I’m studying with international students from all over the world: … Continue reading “Oh my god, I love your top!” – Becoming a compliment monster