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WATCH LIST: April 2012

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The Lady
DIRECTED BY LUC BESSON, STARRING MICHELLE YEOH AND DAVID THEWLIS (EuropaCorp)


Based on the true story of Aung San Suu Kyi’s lifelong peaceful opposition to military rule in Burma, Luc Besson’s epic documents Suu Kyi’s life amid a backdrop of Thailand’s scenic beauty and Burma’s political turmoil. The film follows her choice to lead the National League for Democracy while under house arrest for a decade, separated from her family. April 27

Sacred Acts: How Churches Are Working to Protect Earth’s Climate
EDITED BY MALLORY McDUFF (New Society Publishers)

Sacred Acts is an anthology of faith-based pioneering in response to climate change. Calling our place in time “a Pentecost moment,” Mallory McDuff urges us to imagine transformation through stewardship and to act in communion with other faiths, building hope through the universal values of love and justice. April 1


A Thousand Farewells: A Reporter’s Journey from Refugee Camp to the Arab Spring
BY NAHLAH AYED (Penguin Canada)


Foreign correspondent Nahlah Ayed’s family moved from Winnipeg to a Palestinian refugee camp in Amman, Jordan, when she was only a girl. Returning to Canada as a teenager, Ayed witnessed, from afar, how the first Gulf War and 9/11 reordered the lives of the people whose heritage she shares. Drawing on her memories of Jordan and her ongoing assignments in the Middle East, Ayed shares her personal journeys amid wars and uprisings. April 10


The Headmaster’s Wager
BY VINCENT LAM (Doubleday Canada)


Set during the Vietnam War, this first novel by award-winning author Vincent Lam tells the story of Percival Chen, an apolitical and unrepentant headmaster of a respected English school in Saigon. Chen’s gambling, bribery, womanizing and advantageous business networks abruptly find their limits when his son lands on the wrong side of Vietnamese authorities. As Chen discovers, tragedy must be confronted to make room for happiness. April 24





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