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Bolsonaro’s Administration Attempts to Silence Indigenous Leaders for Criticizing Its Handling of the Pandemic

Under the rightwing presidency of Jair Bolsonaro, Brazilians are once again witnessing intimidation tactics against anyone who speaks out against his government. Bolsonaro and his administration have attacked the press, specific journalists, a Supreme Court justice, opposition leaders, the health and science institution FIOCRUZ, and many others. This disturbing trend has just targeted two indigenous [...]

You Are There at Stalin’s State Funeral

Proletarian Pomp, Pageantry and Protocols

Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei (aka Sergey) Loznitsa’s State Funeral is a remarkable chronicle told in “real time” of how the March 5, 1953 death of Joseph Stalin was observed across the USSR – which, as the title of a 1926 Soviet documentary by Dziga Vertov pointed out, straddled one sixth of the Earth’s land surface. Editing [...]

A Uniquely Mexican Quarantine

Checkpoint Zipolite: Quarantine in a Small Place by Belen Fernandez is impossible to put down. Unlike some other travelogues or memoirs by women (pace Elizabeth Gilbert’s, Eat Pray Love), Belen Fernandez’s candor and self-deprecating humor combined with a deep love and compassion for people and places torn apart by political and social turmoil draws the [...]

Biden’s Climate Proposals: Tiptoeing Across the Starting Line

President Joe Biden announced on Earth Day that under the Paris climate agreement, the United States will pledge a 50-percent reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions by 2030. He also reiterated his intention to “set a course” toward “net zero emissions economy-wide” by 2050. This was a welcome change from life under the previous president, who had [...]

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You Are There at Stalin’s State Funeral

Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei (aka Sergey) Loznitsa’s State Funeral is a remarkable chronicle told in “real time” of how the March 5, 1953 death of Joseph Stalin was observed across the USSR – which, as the title of a 1926 Soviet documentary by Dziga Vertov pointed out, straddled one sixth of the Earth’s land surface. Editing [...]

A Uniquely Mexican Quarantine

Checkpoint Zipolite: Quarantine in a Small Place by Belen Fernandez is impossible to put down. Unlike some other travelogues or memoirs by women (pace Elizabeth Gilbert’s, Eat Pray Love), Belen Fernandez’s candor and self-deprecating humor combined with a deep love and compassion for people and places torn apart by political and social turmoil draws the [...]

Chasing Ghosts, The Life and Art of Bill Traylor

America’s racial reckoning is not only taking place in the streets, but also on the screen. Movies such as Judas and the Black Messiah dramatize anti-racist activism, while on the cultural front, documentaries such as Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts, directed by Jeffrey Wolf and executive produced by Sam Pollard, help to rescue lost legacies from [...]

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