Having been a no man's land for many decades, Potsdamer Platz has returned to the middle of the now-reunited city. A look at what's changed and what remains the same at Berlin's ever-controversial plaza.
One way for us to travel and experience what our fellow human beings are going through, is through cinema. And the Berlinale film highlights these kinds of films better than the Oscars or Golden Globes.
After weeks of silence, the Iranian government has said it detained internationally acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi for making an anti-government film inside his house. His family completely denies the accusation.
Films can change the world, and it starts by affecting one individual at a time, reminding us we are all parts of a whole, world citizens first and foremost. This fact was noticeable at the Cinema for Peace dinner.
Tony Blair complained that his widely panned appearance before the Chilcot Inquiry into the origins of the Iraq War stirred up negativity because people are hungry for a conspiracy. If that is so, The Ghost Writer is the movie.
I marveled at the brown roots showing in thin lines across her part, but a fellow journalist explained that this too is a purposeful effect: without the roots, the hair would seem too blonde and age her.
Just saw Errol Morris' Abu Ghraib documentary and it blew me away: the focussed concentration on the soldiers narrating those infamous pictures, each soldier framed alone on a wide-screen, calm and expressive.