LA Film Festival
FROM Roya Rastegar
The Poetic Life and Films of Iranian Filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami Remembrances are pouring out for the Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami who died on Monday at the age of 76. He was undergoing treatment for cancer in Paris. Kiarostami made more than 40 films and documentaries. Words like “intimate,” “contemplative” and “poetic” have been used to describe his work. His films were not overtly political, though he had his run-ins with conservatives at home in Iran. After “Taste of Cherry” won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1997, there were protests at the airport in Tehran because of Kiarostami’s association with outsiders.
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.