Osama is well worth watching:

This stunning film, the first to be made in a post-Taliban Afghanistan and inspired by a newspaper account read by director Siddiq Barmak, recounts the efforts of a family of women to survive under an oppressive regime. To eke out a meager living, they dress up their 12-year-old girl, Osama, as a boy so she can work

Battle of Information & Ideas

Verlyn Klinkenborg nicely summarizes recent news in the recording industry’s battle against file sharing:

But this isn’t just a legal battle, of course. It’s a battle of information and ideas. A new book from Lawrence Lessig called “Free Culture” makes a forceful, cogent defense of many forms of file sharing. And ? perhaps worst of all from the industry’s perspective ? a new academic study prepared by professors at Harvard and the University of North Carolina concludes, “Downloads have an effect on sales which is statistically indistinguishable from zero.” This directly counters recording industry claims that place nearly all the blame for declining CD sales on illegal file sharing.

Nowhere in Africa

An excellent film! (I believe this played briefly at the Orpheum) Available on DVD.
Shortly before World War II, a Jewish couple and their young daughter emigrate to Kenya from Germany to escape the Nazis. Not all members of the family are happy with this drastic change — but going home isn’t an option. Ultimately, they must all come to terms with a new life in a new continent. Director Caroline Link’s epic drama won the 2002 Oscar for best foreign film.
UPDATE: Interestingly, the University of Wisconsin Press published the autobiographical novel upon which the film was based.

The Fog of War

McNamara speaks at Berkeley.
Robert McNamara, the defense secretary in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, fielded questions from center stage in a packed auditorium at his alma mater, the University of California, Berkeley, for the first time since graduating in 1937.
Since Errol Morris’s (a UW Grad) The Fog of War” was released last year, Mr. McNamara has appeared before several audiences, including those at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston and one last month in Washington.