What Ails Democracy?: An Interview with Astra Taylor

What Ails Democracy?: An Interview with Astra Taylor

Image credit: National Film Board of Canada In Miami, the struggle to stay above water is manifest. Model buildings are built to test hurricane force winds,[i] while defensive sea walls, high-capacity pumps, and stormwater drainage systems are installed in those areas...
More Habits Than Dreams: The Hottest August

More Habits Than Dreams: The Hottest August

Image Credit: Grasshopper Film “The Sick Woman is the starving. The Sick Woman is the dying. And, crucially: The Sick Woman is who capitalism needs to perpetuate itself. Why? Because to stay alive, capitalism cannot be responsible for our care – its logic of...
Revisiting Araya

Revisiting Araya

Image credit: Milestone Films Margot Benacerraf’s 1959 film Araya opens with a horizontal pan over freeze-framed clouds: movement within stillness. It’s an apt first image for a film portraying a community in motion, frozen in time. Over aerial shots of arid land as...
The Value of a Woman’s Work in Roma and Finding Vivian Maier

The Value of a Woman’s Work in Roma and Finding Vivian Maier

“What are you doing? Just tell me!” says young Pepe.  “I can’t, I’m dead,” replies Cleo, lying still on the rooftop. Pepe rolls over and shuts his eyes. “Hey, I like being dead,” Cleo says. This small scene near the start of Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-nominated Roma...
Who We’re Watching: Sandi Tan

Who We’re Watching: Sandi Tan

Image credit: Netflix There’s a moment in the 2018 documentary Shirkers when narrator and filmmaker Sandi Tan says, “We were no longer magical kids who made a movie. We were just kids.” She’s referring to what happened after her friend and mentor, an American...