Pie Face Girls: Angry, Attentive, and Anti-HB2

We started off discussing Monsanto on slightly damp benches. Dani’s disdain for the company’s careless disruption of the natural flow of things quickly shifted into the group's deep appreciation for the deliciousness of ugly fruit, specifically blood oranges from earlier in the summertime. “GMO OMG.", she recommended, "It’s on Netflix.”. I ran into the Raleigh-based [...]

Messages from a movement: Charlotte, NC rises up together

On this hot, sunny Saturday in September, the people of the Queen City and beyond marched together in protest to denounce and heal from the killings of Keith Lamont Scott and Justin Carr, to resist the presence of the National Guard throughout the city, and to exercise freedom of speech and assembly in statements against systematic violence and institutionalized racism. Charlotte, like Ferguson [...]

“Only we can tell our stories”: a review of “The Square” and “Winter on Fire”

When the Egyptian revolution occurred in 2011 and the 2013-2014 Euromaidan protests followed in Ukraine, unless you were on the ground experiencing the catastrophic political turmoil, it was difficult to begin to comprehend the true sequence of events or how the people were responding to them. Luckily, there is film, and people use film to [...]

Syrian refugees: a matter of fact and photograph

All photos and captions are from Magnus Wennman's series Where the Children Sleep in which he documents the experience of Syrians seeking refuge across the Middle East and Europe.  Check him out on Instagram. Maram, 8, in Amman, Jordan Eight-year-old Maram had just come home from school when the rocket hit her house. A piece of the [...]