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About Ava DuVernay’s Film ‘Origin’ & Its Roots in the Book ‘Caste’

On a mild Sunday night in February I had the honor to sit down on Zoom with Mary Anne Knefel from our respective Brooklyn homes to discuss Ava DuVernay’s masterpiece film, Origin. Currently screening at select movie theaters, the film follows the epic research project of journalist and author, Isabel Wilkerson as she attempts to find the epistemological link between the treatment of Black people in the USA, Dalit people in India, and Jewish people in Nazi Germany.read more.

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Searching for Answers in Ava DuVernay’s Film ‘Origin’

Henrene Taylor was born in Mississippi to a Black woman and a white man in 1942, during the Jim Crow era. Due to the times, she and her siblings would call him dad in private. But, in public, they’d have to call him by his last name to not arouse suspicion that these children were his. Henrene was very fair-skinned with brown curly hair.… read more.

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Danish Filmmaker Susanne Bier Leads with Strength & Tenacity

Five years ago today, Bird Box was released in theaters. This gripping psychological thriller about a mother determined to get her children to safety during an apocalypse, this film could only have been made by someone with equal amounts of strength and gumption as Sandra Bullock’s character in the film.read more.

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Tribute to Charlotte Salomon: Her Art Survives to Tell Her Story

On Charlotte by David Foenkinos

(translated from French by Sam Taylor)

Guest Post by Martha Anne Toll

Today’s FF2 SWAN-of-the-Day is Charlotte Salomon who was born in Berlin (Germany) on this day in 1917.

Visual artist Charlotte Salomon was 26 and pregnant when she was murdered at Auschwitz. Her violent death spotlights a short, brilliant artistic life.… read more.

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