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Amsterdam Applauds “Aquarela” at the International Documentary Film Festival

Last Tuesday, Pathé De Munt hosted the screening of Victor Kossakovsky’s Aquarela (2018) as part of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)’s program. IDFA started on November 14 and is up until November 25. Kossakovsky, described as “Russia’s most poetic formalist film-maker at the moment,” dedicates a powerful visual ode to water in all […]

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All India Bakchod and Women’s Safety in the Upcoming Indian Stand-Up Fair

All India Bakchod (AIB), one of the most viewed YouTube channels in India, have recently found themselves in a whirlpool of sexual misconduct allegations. In October, a long-term collaborator of the group, Utsav Chakrobarty, was accused by numerous women of sexual misconduct, ranging from unwanted advances and nudes to implying a sexual trade for a […]

What the Dussehra and Diwali Festivals Are About

On November 3, the 10th edition of the Diwali Festival was celebrated in Amstelveen, which gathered over 23,000 participants. Diwali is a hindu festival of lights, which takes place over the course of five days during Kartika, the 8th month of the year in the Hindu calendar. It represents the spiritual victory of the light […]

Amsterdam Church Provides an Unlikely Setting for Buddha’s Life Exhibition

Opened on September 16 and running up to February 3 next year, De Nieuwe Kerk offers a new perspective on Buddhist history and thought in its current exhibition, Buddha’s Life: Path to the Present. The display aims to educate on the life of Buddha, born Siddhartha Gautama, and on Buddhist values as they have since […]

Travelling Across India Alone as a Woman

On a beautiful summer day, I was having lunch with Kuldeep, who was my couch-surfing host for a few days. He asked, “What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done in your life?” I paused and laughed while I had an epiphany. I replied, “according to the majority of Europeans, this is the craziest thing […]

The Re-election of Viktor Orban and the Ongoing Crisis in Hungary

On the brink of changing its future, Hungary is on a 12-year path of disruption, which has affected refugees, Hungarians and the entire European Union. With various stakeholders, unwitting or deliberate, the actions leading up to this impasse possess salience. Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, has realized his aspiration of creating an illiberal state. This […]