Stan Douglas: Why I restaged the London riots

Fire Burning Buildingsource: The Guardian
published: 25 October 2017

“So how much of your work is really documenting the ineptitude of the police?” Stan Douglas is laughing at my question without completely avoiding it. “Well, the work can’t conceal the points at which they are out of their depth,” he says.

We’re sitting in the Victoria Miro gallery in Mayfair, London, talking over the sounds of drilling as the artist’s latest large-scale works are secured to the wall next door.

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Pastors hope movie sparks racial reconciliation

Trayvon Martin
Trayvon Martin

source: Orlando Sentinel
published: 31 December 2014

Black and white pastors are hoping the movie Selma will renew efforts toward racial reconciliation in Sanford that started with the death of Trayvon Martin.

Northland Church Pastor Joel Hunter and Calvary Temple of Praise Pastor Paul Wright say the film, which opens Jan. 9, can restart discussions on the unfinished business of the civil rights movement for blacks and whites.

“What I want to do as a white pastor is to continue to be part of the civil rights movement. This movie gives us a chance to re-engage with each other,” Hunter said.

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Powerful drama about Chechen refugees wows Berlin fest

On Filmoriginally by: GlobalPost
published: 14 February 2014

A powerful debut feature about Chechen asylum-seekers in Europe, “Macondo”, by a female director who had to leave Iran as a child drew cheers Friday at the Berlin film festival.

As the competition for the Golden Bear top prize wrapped up a day ahead of a gala awards ceremony, Austrian-Iranian filmmaker Sudabeh Mortezai premiered the picture made with lay actors.

The film, which emerged as a strong contender among 20 international entries to the competition by the likes of Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater, is set at an actual refugee settlement on the tough industrial outskirts of Vienna.

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