Franthiesco Ballerini is a Brazilian writer, journalist and filmmaker. His book, Soft Power — an investigation of the world’s most important cultural influences like Hollywood, tango, anime and Bossa Nova — was a finalist at the 60th Jabuti Awards. His fifth book, History of World Cinema, looks at the way different cultures, languages, aesthetics, techniques and industries of the world are portrayed in film. Ballerini is currently pursuing a PhD in media communications.
Much of priceless African art still lies in Western museums, especially in Europe. The arguments against returning them increasingly sound bogus. The West must start returning African art to Africa.
The first boom of Israeli TV shows generated award-winning adaptations in Hollywood like In Treatment and Homeland. Now Israel wants to conquer international festivals and the world audience with its own original series.
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