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Hotel Diaries

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Six years, six hotels, six countries and a personal experience of the conflicts in the Middle East. As a result there are eight Hotel diaries of British experimental filmmaker John Smith. From August 15 to 21, you can watch the Hotel Diaries series at Doc Alliance Films for free.


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Hotel Diaries 4 - B & B

Hotel Diaries 4 - B & B (Orig.) / 2005 / United Kingdom / 6 min

The perception of an Anglo-American hotel room is coloured by new revelations about 'The War on Terror' and 'The Special Relationship' that exists between Britain and the USA.

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Hotel Diaries 7 - Dirty Pictures

Hotel Diaries 7 - Dirty Pictures (Orig.) / 2007 / United Kingdom / 14 min

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Hotel Diaries 1 - Frozen War

Hotel Diaries 1 - Frozen War (Orig.) / 2001 / United Kingdom / 11 min

A disorientating experience while attempting to watch the TV news in an Irish hotel room triggers a spontaneous response to the bombing of Afghanistan.

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Hotel Diaries 2 - Museum Piece

Hotel Diaries 2 - Museum Piece (Orig.) / 2004 / United Kingdom / 12 min

While the Iraq war continues, a day's sightseeing and the features of a German hotel provoke a stream of thoughts about events large and small.

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Hotel Diaries 5 & 6 - Pyramids / Skunk

Hotel Diaries 5 & 6 - Pyramids / Skunk (Orig.) / 2007 / United Kingdom / 16 min

Hamas have just won the Palestinian elections and a chocolate bar in a Rotterdam hotel room eventually reminds the filmmaker that there are more important things going on in the world outside. Exactly one year later he returns to the same city and checks in at a very different hotel.

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Hotel Diaries 8 - Six Years Later

Hotel Diaries 8 - Six Years Later (Orig.) / 2007 / United Kingdom / 9 min

The filmmaker returns to the city where he made the first video in the series and looks back at the events of the past six years.

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Hotel Diaries 3 - Throwing Stones

Hotel Diaries 3 - Throwing Stones (Orig.) / 2004 / United Kingdom / 11 min

As the camera looks out through a barred window and the clock strikes four in a Swiss city, the death of Yasser Arafat provides the starting point for a journey back in time.

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