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TALKING MOVIES (article first published : 2004-02-9)

The Talking Movies programme on the DStv channel discusses Miracle, Farmingville, Osama and the Academy Awards. It will be televised first on February 10 at 22h30 and repeated on February 12 at 18h30; February 13 at 03h30, 10h30 and 15h30 and again on February 14 at 23h30.

Hollywood's latest feelgood sports movie, Miracle, chronicles the US hockey team's surprising victory over the Soviet Union at the Olympic Games in 1980. The film, starring Kurt Russell as the American coach Herb Brooks, takes a look at the underdog team and its ultimate victory. Tom Brook talks with Russell and Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April, The Station Agent), who plays the coach's wife, about a story that is regarded as one of the greatest moments in 20th century sports.

The controversial immigration policy in the United States comes into focus with the award-winning documentary Farmingville. The non-fiction film chronicles the events that followed the attempted murder of two Mexican labourers in the suburban town of Farmingville, Long Island in September 2000. Laura Metzger speaks to Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini, the Long Island residents who decided to make this documentary about a town in turmoil.

Talking Movies continues its look at the 2004 Academy Awards nominations. Tom Brook and Laura Metzger review the Best Actor & Actress categories and reveal those likely to take home an Oscar . Do the odds favour one of the recent Golden Globe winners: Bill Murray (Lost In Translation), Sean Penn (Mystic River), Charlize Theron (Monster) and Diane Keaton (Something's Gotta Give)? Or will surprise nominees Johnny Depp (Pirates Of The Caribbean) and 13-year-old Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) prevail on Oscar night?

Osama is the first entirely Afghan feature film shot since the fall of the Taliban. Based on a true story, it's the tale of a 12-year-old girl who disguises herself as a boy to support her family. Osama won a Golden Globe, but it didn't secure an Oscar nomination. As Manoush Zomorodi found out when she met first time director Siddiq Barmak, it was triumph enough just to make the movie in the first place.




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