Cannes festival: Wonderstruck and Loveless are the standout films

At the 70th Cannes film festival this year, Wonderstruck and Loveless are two standout films which have critics buzzing.


Black presences at the Venice Biennale

African art might not have had the money to book fancy pavilions but it left a powerful mark on the Venice Biennale.

M Neelika Jayawardane

by M Neelika Jayawardane

M Neelika Jayawardane

Asia Pacific

Architect Takharu Tezuka explains the open-plan kindergarten

Hundreds of experts are thinking about the future of our urban environments during the World Cities Summit in China. Many have been influenced by designers such as Tokyo's Takharu Tezuka, who has pioneered the open-plan kindergarten.


Netflix-produced film stirs controversy at Cannes

Two films produced by the streaming service Netflix are in competition for the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the Palme d'Or. But their inclusion has sparked a debate about how films should be watched and distributed.


Then and now: Finding love during the Khmer Rouge

The Maoist regime broke up families and imposed forced marriages, but also unintentionally brought some women together.

Then and now: Finding love during the Khmer Rouge

Middle East

Syrian refugees establish businesses in Istanbul

The war in Syria has seen a steady flow of people fleeing to neighbouring countries. That influx has meant Syrian culture is being transplanted into new regions. Turkey has about three million Syrian refugees.


70th Cannes Film Festival rolls our red carpet

Movie stars from around the world are in the French Riviera for the annual Cannes Film Festival, which is now in its 70th year.

US & Canada

US: New museum shines light on cultural ‘heroes’

A new museum in the US city of Chicago is shining a spotlight on what it calls the country's unsung heroes: writers.

Latin America

More Cubans slowly gaining online access

For most Cubans the internet, which is about 20 years old, is only something their relatives overseas talk about.


Venice Biennale: Refugee crisis takes centre stage

The desperate journeys taken by refugees are a key theme at this year's art biennale in Venice.

The Listening Post

Revolutionary newsreels: Aesthetics of an avant-garde

Cuban media historian Mayra Alvarez talks about the legacy of the Noticiero ICAIC.

The Listening Post

When Cuban movie theatres delivered the news

We examine how El Noticiero ICAIC pushed the limits of news and visual storytelling from a Cuban perspective.

Arts & Culture

Born a cremator: An Indian boy's fight for an education

Yogi, a Dom, born into Varanasi's community of cremators, is given an opportunity to study and try to change his future.

Born a cremator: An Indian boy's fight for an education


Venice Biennale: African artists missing in action

The Venice Biennale, the Olympics of the art world, is underway in Italy. Artists from around the world are invited to show their work, but Africa is heavily underrepresented. Al Jazeera’s Charlie Angela reports from Venice.

Arts & Culture

Somaliland’s 5,000 year old rock paintings

Somaliland has some of the best-preserved rock paintings in Africa but only a few intrepid travellers have seen them. French archaeologists discovered them in 2002, more than 5,000 years after they were made.