Why don’t humans have patterned texture like animals? This was the question that the artist and animator Kouhei Nakama wanted to explore with his mesmerizing short film, DIFFUSION. The depictions of humans in this video were made entirely on a computer—no photographs or illustrations were used. Nakama notes that this type of evolution could be possible in the future: “To what extent will we transform ourselves?” he writes on his website. “Then what will be the definition of human beings?”
Month: March 2016
The Atlantic’s April 2016 cover story is a sweeping look at Obama’s foreign policy. As part of a collaboration between The Atlantic and PBS NewsHour, Jeffrey Goldberg speaks with Judy Woodruff about how the president’s foreign policy is seen at home and abroad.
The short documentary Stitches is the story of a man who finds peace in knitting—after establishing a life in exile as an Afghan refugee during the Soviet–Afghan War. The subject is the filmmaker Abdullah Abo Jassin’s uncle, who writes, “His story connects in a way with all what my family has been through over the past decades.”
Evoking the Mulatto is a multimedia project examining black mixed identity in the 21st century, through the lens of the history of racial classification in the United States. It was created by the filmmaker Lindsay Catherine Harris, and features compelling interviews with young Americans as they reflect on the complex process of defining themselves. This is the first of four episodes—Harris writes on the website: “Evoking the Mulatto begins with a delicate and poignant portrait of the young biracial body in contemporary society in respect to these legacies, navigating identity within and beyond a black/white binary in the hope of blossoming into a broader discussion on our humanity, the right to our own bodies and our own identities.” To explore the entire project, visit evokingthemulatto.com.
The poet Sonia Sanchez rose to prominence as a figure in the 1960s Black Arts Movement, where she raised her voice in the name of black culture, civil rights, and women’s liberation. “Sonia Sanchez not only kicked open the door, she blew off the roof,” says the poet Byronn Bain. To this day, Sanchez is an active artist, and her unique artistic style continues to influence American culture and politics.
This excerpt from the feature-length documentary, BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, features readings and jazz-accompanied performances of Sanchez’s work, as well as appearances by Questlove and Talib Kweli. The full-length version will make its national broadcast premiere on March 8th, 2016 as part of WORLD Channel’s AMERICA REFRAMED series. The film will also be available to stream online following the broadcast.