BBC News – Ecuador’s film industry sees boom in productions

It took Ecuadorean director Ivan Mora five years to raise enough money to make his first feature film.

His initial break came in 2007 when he received a $10,000 (£6,200) grant from Ecuador’s newly-formed National Film Council to work on his script.

He still had to raise a further $600,000 but without these first funds, Sin Otono, Sin Primavera (No Autumn, No Spring) might never have been made.

Mora’s film is one of more than a dozen that are being released or going through post production this year in Ecuador.

This unprecedented boom is largely due to the film council, established in 2006.

“The National Film Council has changed the way films are produced in Ecuador,” says Mora. “It was like night and day.”

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BBC News – The Indian sanitary pad revolutionary

A school dropout from a poor family in southern India has revolutionised menstrual health for rural women in developing countries by inventing a simple machine they can use to make cheap sanitary pads.

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BBC News – Digging for their lives: Russia’s volunteer body hunters

Of the estimated 70 million people killed in World War Two, 26 million died on the Eastern front – and up to four million of them are still officially considered missing in action. But volunteers are now searching the former battlefields for the soldiers’ remains, determined to give them a proper burial – and a name.

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BBC – Culture – Fifty shades of bland: Hollywood’s leading man shortage

A recent opinion piece in Variety, one of America’s top entertainment industry publications, proclaims “Hollywood is in the midst of a “leading man crisis.” A couple of days later, US morning TV news programme Good Morning America reported on the subject, posing the question: “Where are all the young bankable stars?”

There does appear to be a certain degree of angst in Hollywood over a relative dearth of young male leads who can consistently bring in a big audience.

Yes, you have several actors with a potent following like Daniel Radcliffe, Robert Pattinson and Ryan Gosling. But no longer are there the young stars of a few years ago – like Tom Cruise – who could always be relied upon to open a movie. In other words, however bad the picture, the film’s leading man would always guarantee big box office takings on the opening weekend because hordes of followers would jam into cinemas just to see him.

“I don’t know a young man who can open a movie – I wish I could name one – I don’t see any on the horizon frankly,” says David D’Arcy who reviews films for Screen International.

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La (el) modelo que causa sensación en las pasarelas – BBC Mundo – Noticias

Hasta el año pasado nadie conocía a Tamy Glauser en el universo muy cerrado de la moda. Esta joven de 28 años empezó su carrera de modelo con una edad avanzada y también con una particularidad: con su cabeza rapada y su cara andrógina, puede modelar para ambos sexos.

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BBC News – Can we make ourselves happier?

Can we make ourselves happier? According to studies from all over the globe collated by the World Happiness Database in Rotterdam, we can. But the path to happiness may not be where we are looking for it.

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BBC News – A safer high? A night with the illegal drug checkers

Like it or not, drugs are a common feature of the UK festival scene, with over £100,000-worth seized in 2012 alone. But could a service that allows users to test the purity of their drugs before consumption help make them safer?

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