There’s nothing better than finding an old picture of someone you love. It is the most advanced form of time travel we have, taking you back to moments you are nostalgic for – even moments you never witnessed yourself.
America is overwhelming at first glimpse, everyone is talking faster, the houses and cars are suddenly bigger, and the sky seems more imposing somehow, the concept and physicality is just so vast. In “My Dear American” filmmaker Arpita Kumar dramatizes this beautifully using the intimate relationship between an Indian-American husband and wife who just moved to the suburbs.
If you fly a swastika flag in your yard, you’re closing yourself off from the possibility of any productive conversation about race or worldview. What came across most during our trips was a sense of fear and confusion – on both sides.
Rawlins was a husband, father, grandfather and public servant. He lived inside the proverbial box. Obedient and a man of service, Rawlins came alive in the small workshop he maintained beneath his Caribbean home. It was there where Rawlings used found materials he re-purposed, re-imagined and reconfigured into 1/16th-scaled works of art and interest.
So in the end, is death funny? Well, we all process the aftermath of death differently, and we’re all children of cultures that have struggled with the question of how to honor the dead for eons, but the message of this wonderfully moving short is this – while we might all be strangers from the Internet to each other, we all understand the loss of death, even when we can’t explain it.
Produced and shot in Guadeloupe and Martinique, the film represents Caribbean storytelling at its best; however, it is set far from the usual tropical clichés and white-sand beaches picture post-cards often depict. Rather, the story unfolds in a contrasted urban and social realm in which the character travels through time.
Should we be looking for new ways to be with each other? Has the human race evolved past “binary relationships”?
Our friends over at Reel Works Teen Filmmaking are doing some great work. They’ve been supporting emerging media makers for years and now they are taking advantage of the crowd-source funding model to essentially make a crowd-sourced feature film – ambitious and wonderful! Here is what one of the young filmmakers had to say about […]
Someone once said there’s a thin line between love and hate. (I think it was Martin Lawrence? Right? Yeah, let’s go with that.) Roger Ross Williams paints a riveting picture of that thin line in his beautiful, lyrical documentary “God Loves Uganda” – also known as how I spent my Sunday afternoon. It’s great to […]