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Our Picks + Keenie Meenie: Britain’s Private Army

Monday 26 October 2020, by Abla Kandalaft, Coco Green, Phil Miller

Our guest this week is Phil Miller, investigative journalist and staff reporter at Declassified UK. We discuss the origins of British mercenaries in recent proxy wars and the extent of government culpability in his documentary (and the book it’s based on) Keenie Meenie: Britain’s Private Army (2020) - available online! We also touch on the issues around British intervention abroad, involvement in the international arms trade and the effects on migration. 

We’ve not been bawled over by any films so we’re only highlighting a couple of festivals to watch out for this week: IDFA- the Amsterdam documentary film festival, one of the biggest in the world, which will be live and online and which Film Fest Report reminded us is taking place in November; and - yet again - the Palestine Film Festival who are holding a short but very strong series of screenings on 13-26 November 2020 at the Barbican in London and online, featuring surveillance camera-based doc An Unusual Summer, Cannes hit Gaza Mon Amour, Najwa Najjar’s latest offering from a consistently brilliant filmography, more from Ameen Nayfeh, Lina Alabed... so many more names that attest to the vibrancy and excellence of the Palestinian film scene. 

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