Posts Tagged: documentaries
When Michael Muhammad Knight wrote his novel The Taqwacores, about Muslims playing punk music, he didn’t know his fictional story would end up throwing down roots in the real world.
But young Muslims read the book and saw themselves:
“I had a lot of guilt growing up about not doing the right thing or not being a good Muslim or a good Pakistani kid,” Khan says.
You may have heard of the doll test, during which black children, given the choice between a black doll and an otherwise identical white doll, often identified the white one as prettier and nicer.
If so, you probably understand what a difference it makes to black kids to see representations of people who look like them (as we were reminded recently during certain Oscars scandals)....more
Two fascinating screenings coming up in the Bay Area:
First, Besa: The Promise, a documentary about the experiences of Jewish Albanians safeguarded by Muslims during World War II, presented alongside the modern journey of photographer Norman Gershman and Rexhap Hoxha, a Muslim-Albanian who must return a set of books lost during the holocaust....more
Julian McDonnell makes his living by selling baby kites semi-legally on what is not even the most popular tourists’ bridge in London.
A new documentary paints Italy as “a democracy of boobs (in all senses).”
“That’s not what countries think of when they go to war.” Why no one ever cleans up the environmental mess they make after sending their citizens off to kill each other....more