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Major movies of world cultures:

Bollywood Comes to Liverpool
'Astitva', one of the latest Hindi blockbusters shown on the big screen at the sumptuous Philharmonic Hall as a treat for Bollywood fan.

Best of Black Hollywood

'Siméon', set in the Caribbean & Paris, a great story with a somewhat different twist. Director Euzhan Palcy was presented with the Sojourner Truth Award at Cannes 2001, and this 1992 film won belated praise at this year's Acapulco Festival of Black Film. On screen at the Odeon.

Iranian Cinema Night
'Blackboards', directed by 20 year old Samira Makhmalbaf, voted the judges' award at Cannes - a film not to be missed. A group of male teachers come across the mountain paths of the remote Iran-Iraq border. With large blackboards on their backs, they go from village to village in search of students, but nothing is ever straight forward.

Shanghai in the City
'In the Mood for Love', major Chinese romantic movie, directed by Kan-wai Wong showing at Liverpool's astounding Pagoda of Harmony.

BAFTA North Event
'Whats Cooking?' Gurinder Chadha's new feature is set in Los Angeles's Fairfax district and follows four ethnically disparate families through an explosive thanksgiving day. A wonderful followup to the acclaimed "Bhaji on the Beach".

Also, as part of the two day delegate weekend: 'The Cup'. Two soccer-mad young boys are inducted in a Tibetan monastery. Their desire to watch the World Cup takes over the tranquillity, hilariously. Originating jointly from Bhutan and Australia, directed by Khyentse Norbu.