Ammu Kannampilly

Ammu Kannampilly


Editor at @AFP, based in Hong Kong. Previously in Kathmandu, Delhi, London. The views expressed here are my own. Links and re-tweets are not endorsements.

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India has the world's most prolific film industry, and going to the cinema also remains a hugely popular and affordable pursuit, with 75 rupees ( $1) buying three hours of entertainment in an air-conditioned movie theatre. @VishalManve12  @UditaJ  @AFP 

But with more than half of India's population under 30, & many of them consuming entertainment on mobile phones, the likes of Netflix were starting to make inroads even before the virus. The lockdown has accelerated the shift. @AFP  @UditaJ  @VishalManve12 

The end of India's lockdown will come with strict rules that will further eat away at theatres' profit margins. Some seats will have to be left empty & cinema halls will have to be thoroughly disinfected after every show. @UditaJ  @VishalManve12  @AFP 

“I don’t think anywhere in the world has anyone ever given a date in advance for the release of a new vaccine before a clinical trial has even begun. That is not how science works.”

Probably the best thing I have seen on Netflix or anywhere else in a long time. Incredibly moving and thought-provoking. ❤️ #LGBTQpride 

Probably the best thing I have seen on Netflix or anywhere else in a long time. Incredibly moving and thought-provoking. ❤️ #LGBTQpride 

The everyone economy: how to make capitalism work for all via @financialtimes 

Such a lovely story. The North Korean refugees supplying PPE to care homes cc @JohannaTC 

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BBC News - Why does Indian PM Narendra Modi follow trolls on Twitter?

"Modern India is telling its women: you can be fighter jet pilots, sail around the world, lead corporations, fight terrorism or break world records. But your menstrual cycle still makes you less than equal." blistering piece by

Notorious thief flees French jail by helicopter. "It was the second time Faid has pulled off a spectacular jailbreak -- in 2013, he blasted his way out of a prison in northern France using dynamite before being recaptured six weeks later". via

#Bollywood  's first gay romcom opens to hoots, cheers and applause, with some folks bringing their kids to the cinema. Never thought I would see the day. #LGBTQ 

Years ago an Indian female anthropologist made contact with the Sentinelese in the Andamans and was (eventually) welcomed because they did not see her as a threat. Extraordinary story (HT )

I don't think I have ever read a better summation of what one seeks to do as a reporter or photographer than in these words by Eudora Welty on the difficult art of seeing each other via cc

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