No More Games :: the Brazilian Protests

Clearly, I’ve been living under a rock because I only just became aware of the protests that have been filling Brazilian streets lately. (No, wait – I’ve just been busy birthing babies!) Now I’m noticing all the Facebook posts from my Brazilian friends, most of which are hugely supportive of the protests. One picture of […]

How A Talent Show Is Revolutionizing Afghanistan

I’m on a documentary kick these days. There’s something about doc films that I love far more than regular movies. Maybe because they’re real stories and nothing is more interesting than a true story. In fact, there are days when I wonder why fiction even needs to exist at all because how can it possibly […]

Food for Thought

Think about the strangeness of today’s situation: 30, 40 years ago we were still debating what the future will be: communist, capitalist, fascist, whatever.  Today, nobody even debates these issues.  We all silently accept global capitalism is here to stay.  On the other hand, we are obsessed with cosmic catastrophes, the whole of life on […]

The Allure of ‘Active’ Activism

I can’t help but wonder if we live in a world that is so saturated with virtual action that we crave true, real-life action above all else.  There are so many chances to become passive activists that we cease to take social issues seriously anymore or, even if we do, just wish we could go […]

“The Iron Lady” – though necessarily so

“The Iron Lady” arrived at my town’s tiny movie theatre and I went to see it last night with a friend.  (And by tiny, I mean that the only other movie option for a Saturday night was “The Lorax” – not what I was wanting!)  I love slow-paced, thoughtful films with great acting.  Meryl Streep […]