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  • Invisible Wings (India, 2018)

    Invisible Wings is a Malayalam short documentary film about a tea-selling globe trotter. Malayalam is one of the languages spoken at the southern tip of Indian peninsula. The documentary won the Best Short Film at Filmfare Awards this year. Deservedly. With little money but a heart full of d...
  • Viktor Vasnetsov, the Delicate Bogatyr of Russian Art

    When one looks at the frescos painted by Viktor Vasnetsov (1848-1926), one is overwhelmed by the sense of wonder and respect. Catholic religious painting is representational, Orthodox is symbolic, and Vasnetsov's paintings are realistic, but not sufficiently realistic to obliterate the symbolic mean...
  • The Icon of the Theotokos of the Gate of Dawn

    On October 27, the Russian Orthodox Church celebrated the Icon of the Theotokos  of the Gate of Dawn. The icon is found above the northern city gate in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. The icon is venerated by both Roman Catholics and the Orthodox. It is considered one of the most important C...
  • Cuno Amiet, the Master of Colour

    It has been 150 years since the birth of one of the greatest Swiss artists, Cuno Amiet (1868-1961). He was a painter, illustrator, graphic artist and sculptor. As the first Swiss painter to give precedence to colour in composition, he was a pioneer of modern art in Switzerland. Amiet was born in...
  • British Pelagianism and the Push Toward a World War

    In the article "The British Are Driving the West's War Agenda -- But Why?" published two days ago in Global Research by Richard Cook, the author labels Brits as the masterminds of the current frenzied Russophobia in the West and the impatient effort to start World War 3. Cook is a retired Ameri...
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Invisible Wings (India, 2018)
Invisible Wings is a Malayalam short documentary film about a tea-selling globe trotter. Malayalam is one of the languages spoken at the southern tip of Indian peninsula. The documentary won the Best Short Film at Filmfare Awards this year. Deservedly. With little money but a heart full of d...
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