I’m Starting a Travel Blog

DEAR READERS,

I’m not entirely sure why you follow this blog, or read things I write, but I appreciate you nonetheless.

I’d like to point out that I’ve begun a new project, A Long Way Back, a travel blog meant to detail my three-month trip to reach Canada from Korea. The plan is tentatively to spend one month in Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Borneo, Malaysia, Indonesia); a few weeks in India, undecidedly the north or south; a few weeks in the Middle East (possible stopover in Dubai, certainly Jordan and Israel); then one month crossing Europe by train and plane to fly back to Toronto (maybe via good ol’ Halifax) in time for mid-December.

Right now the blog offers only a few reposted stories from this site and around the web, but I’ll be updating it with stories from around the world for the rest of 2013. I’d appreciate any follows, hits or comments (advice?) you can spare.

Thanks,

Michael

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Film review: Filmistaan

Like Sunny, the buoyant Indian held captive by vigilante Pakistanis in the movie Filmistaan, Mumbai-born director Nitin Kakkarpaints one of today’s touchiest political scenes in broad strokes. Sunny is a struggling Bollywood actor from India until he joins an American documentary crew as an assistant director, only to be mistakenly kidnapped by vigilante Pakistanis. (“There were supposed to be two Americans in the car!” the underling desperately pleads to his boss, a.k.a. Pakistani with biggest turban.)

The film’s most beautiful and laugh-out-loud moments are when Sunny tries to manipulate his surroundings by merging his beloved film-world with the real world: at one point, he plays director, producer, cinematographer and actor to his own hostage video, desperately crying on camera one moment, yelling “Cut!” in the next.

Read the full review on Busan Hapsas part of the site’s pretty extensive BIFF 2012 coverage.