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Lina Samoili

Writer and Researcher

From the Balkans to London and Latin America: a passion for politics and aesthetic innovations

Lina Samoili is a Greek writer, researcher and film selector based in London. She moved to the UK in 2012 in order to study film and pursue a career in cinema.

After completing a Masters degree in Film and Television Studies at the University of Bristol, she worked in several film festivals, including Sheffield International Documentary Festival and Argentine Film Festival of London. Also, she is one of the film selectors at the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival.

Having a passion for Latin American culture, she contributes to the online and print magazine Sounds and Colours and DMovies, in which she writes film reviews, news articles and festival previews. Also, she has conducted research on film movements such as the Third Cinema, and she has interviewed the legendary Chilean director Patricio Guzmán.

She is very passionate about political cinema, thought-provoking movies and aesthetic innovation. During her MA dissertation, she researched new film trends and examined the degree to which the new tendencies correspond to the socioeconomic circumstances. Her research includes American Independent Cinema, Greek Cinema, Romanian New Wave and Berlin School. She is also very interested in gender, racial and social issues and their representation in the visual culture and cinema.

You can get in touch with Lina Samoili at e-mail

Other posts by Lina Samoili
Small town in Austria is riddled with repressed sexuality and confused sentiments, but there's also a beam of hope for the silent hearts - available in December with ArteKino [Read More...]

Edward and Caroline (Édouard et Caroline)
Are you classy enough? Jacques Becker's early masterpiece is a hilarious comedy challenging gender stereotypes and questioning the values of the French bourgeoisie - available in the UK for the first time [Read More...]

All about my motherland: young artist opens the painful wounds of Kosovo's recent history and rescues his country's collective memory with a very personal and intimate documentary - from DokuFest [Read More...]

500 Years
The Mayan people have endured five centuries of ethnic cleansing and impunity in Guatemala; now they have raised their voice louder than ever in order to be heard on the other side of the Atlantics [Read More...]

Testing Bechdel
Our writer Lina Samoili looks at the modern relevance and the shortcomings of the Bechdel test, and asks whether still it's an accurate gauge of female representation in cinema three decades after its creation [Read More...]

Don’t Blink – Robert Frank
The photographer who hit the road and beat it: new doc is a comprehensive study of the "most influential photographer alive", his bold compositions, his spontaneity as well as his connection to the Beat Poets - this is part of the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

Like mercenary, like son? Taut and somber thriller investigates the troubled relation of an adolescent and a father with very questionable morals whom he adores; Norfolk is out in cinemas right now [Read More...]

Because life’s too short
Encounters Film festival is one of the leading events in short film and animation in the UK and Europe; its 22nd edition takes place this week in Bristol, with a hot selection of politically-charged and socially-engaged movies, and a tribute to Ukrainian filmmaker Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy [Read More...]

Dimona Twist
The women of the desert: how did these modern young women start a new life and a build a society in the middle of the desert in the early years of Israel? Michal Avid's doc is a tribute to female strength and resilience [Read More...]

Fireflies in The Abyss
Immigrants or insects? The exploitation of the less-favoured - particularly the foreign-born - is not exclusive to Europe; this Indian documentary reveals that working conditions of Nepali coal miners in India goes beyond slavery [Read More...]

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