Farah Reza

4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days

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Director: Cristian Mungiu; Release date: 11 January

The Palme d'Or winner, 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days, is set during the last days of the Communist regime in Romania. It starts with a student called Gabita frantically packing a suitcase. Her room mate Ortila remarks that "it looks like you're packing to go camping". It emerges that Gabita is pregnant - not two months pregnant, as she originally claims, but four months pregnant. Abortion is still illegal in Romania, but Ortila chooses to help her friend.

Abortion: Still Right to Choose

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It started with the Cosmopolitan interviews - all three party leaders expressed personal unease over the abortion issue, but Michael Howard went one step further by stating that the time limit on abortions should be cut from 24 to 20 weeks, and that the current law allows what is 'tantamount to abortion on demand'.

The current debate over abortion may not become an election issue, as almost 80 percent of the British public are pro-choice. Britain is largely more secular than the US, where abortion was an election issue last year and some doctors and nurses work in abortion clinics fearing for the lives. But that does not mean that we do not need to be vigilant about defending what is already one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe. The anti-choice lobby, like the pro-hunt lobby, are disproportionately advantaged in terms of wealth, privilege and political influence.

Hackney Downs

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Review of 'Bullet Boy', director Saul Dibb

Bullet Boy is the first feature film made by documentary film-maker Saul Dibb. It stars Ashley Walters better known as Asher D from So Solid Crew in his first lead film role. The film, with a beautiful soundtrack by Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja, has attracted awards and nominations ahead of its UK release.

Asher D's performance and all the others are so convincing they make the film feel almost too real. In fact it is simply that every detail is sensitively considered and balanced.

Blowing a Fusion

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Review of 'Bride and Prejudice', director Gurinder Chadha

If you want a fun night out, and like a bit of Bollywood singing and dancing, then this is the film for you. The director of Bend it Like Beckham transports Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice to present day Amritsar, India.

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