Sometimes in April is a 2005 historical drama television film about the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, written and directed by the Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck. The ensemble cast includes Idris Elba, Oris Erhuero, Carole Karemera, and Debra Winger.
The story centers on two brothers: Honoré Butera, working for the tribalist Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines, and Augustin Muganza, a captain in the Rwandan army (who was married to a Tutsi woman, Jeanne, and had three children with her: Anne-Marie, Yves-André, and Marcus), who bear witness to the killing of close to 800,000 people in 100 days while becoming divided by politics and losing some of their own family. The film depicts the attitudes and circumstances leading up to the outbreak of brutal violence, the intertwining stories of people struggling to survive the genocide, and the aftermath as the people try to find justice and reconciliation.
Carl Sagan (November 9, 1934 - December 20, 1996) - An American Astronomer, author, and renowned promoter of sciences, Carl Edward Sagan was the co-writer and presenter of the award-winning 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, seen by more than 500 million people in over 60 countries.
During the Depression, the popularity of dozens of superhero characters opens the door for a new generation of artists and writers. World War II creates a patriotic fervor for star-spangled adventurers to represent the American spirit at war and on the home front, but in the 1950s, superheroes are caught in the fire of government scrutiny and regulation.
When the thrilling “Adventures of Superman” is broadcast on the new medium of television, America’s first and greatest superhero leads the entire comic book industry to renewed strength.
GREAT POWER, GREAT RESPONSIBILITY (1959-1977)
In the 1960s, a new breed of superhero emerges in the pages of Marvel Comics, inspired by the age of atomic energy and space travel and, in turn, inspiring the pop culture and Pop artists of the time.
Spider-Man, the Hulk, and others are the first to have “problems” with which an adult audience can identify, and contemporary social issues make their way into comic books. Black powerhouses such as the Black Panther and Luke Cage appear on the scene and the pages of “Green Lantern/Green Arrow” explode with relevant storylines, as comic books are forced to confront the reality of an increasingly complex world.
A HERO CAN BE ANYONE (1978-Present)
This episode captures the enthusiasm for superheroes as they are embraced in all forms of media and by all demographics, beginning with the historic “Superman” movie featuring Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel. In 1986, Batman is overhauled as The Dark Knight to reflect the nocturnal underside of his character, and Watchmen brings new sophistication to comic book narratives, illuminating a violent and politicized world.
In the burgeoning new millennium, superheroes have taken over popular culture with feature films, television shows and video games complementing a new generation of web-based comics that bring superhero adventures to every corner of the world.
thank you pbs for this documentary. this documentary is a great (visual) reminded of why i love comics. if anyone is interested in knowing why comics and superheroes started, this is an excellent history lesson.
also, comic books’ historian is an actual job. very envious at the moment.
This groundbreaking documentary dissects a slanderous aspect of cinematic history that has run virtually unchallenged form the earliest days of silent film to today’s biggest Hollywood blockbusters. Featuring acclaimed author Dr. Jack Shaheen, the film explores a long line of degrading images of Arabs—from Bedouin bandits and submissive maidens to sinister sheikhs and gun-wielding “terrorists”—along the way offering devastating insights into the origin of these stereotypic images, their development at key points in US history, and why they matter so much today. Shaheen shows how the persistence of these images over time has served to naturalize prejudicial attitudes toward Arabs and Arab culture, in the process reinforcing a narrow view of individual Arabs and the effects of specific US domestic and international policies on their lives. By inspiring critical thinking about the social, political, and basic human consequences of leaving these Hollywood caricatures unexamined, the film challenges viewers to recognize the urgent need for counter-narratives that do justice to the diversity and humanity of Arab people and the reality and richness of Arab history and culture.
A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
when faisal recommended this documentary, i immediately recognized marina abramovic from a video that has been circulating around tumblrville. you know, the video that starts with ulay getting comfy on that seat, the tears and everything. all faisal had to say is “That is only a fraction of her story. And what a story it is” to move it way up my priorities list.
in the beginning of the documentary, you see everyone not entirely sure about her latest performance art piece (the artist is present) but she insists. we even see that people were a bit ‘eh, ok, let’ see what this is about’, but by the end of the documentary, everyone wants their personal marina abramovic time. i say personal because that’s what it felt like.
when people sat there, it seemed like she was staring right through their souls, to the point she reflects their emotions. it almost felt like she was bringing out what the audience has been denying for a long time. i say audience, but i mean, every single person/individual.
as an individual, i’m slightly obsessed with genuine human emotions and facial expressions and that’s what i witnessed in these people’s faces. how they’d change for ‘what the hell is this fuss about, meh, i’ll just sit and see’ to ‘good lord, my soul, this hurts/my god i’m so happy’. who knows how many lives she changed that day, how many realizations she pulled out and how many people she broke, healed, fixed and loved.
a couple of celebrities were there, james franco being my favorite. so beautiful, so humble.
ok, this is turning into a personal blog post, rather than a way to persuade you to watch this magnificent documentary. all i can say is, it is definitely worth your precious time.
a huge thank you to faisal, for never failing to recommend the best everything.
We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (2012)
a documentary that takes us inside the world of Anonymous, the radical “hacktivist” collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age. The film explores the historical roots of early hacktivist groups like Cult of the Dead Cow and Electronic Disturbance Theater and then follows Anonymous from 4chan to a full-blown movement with a global reach, one of the most transformative of our time.
everyone should watch this documentary. i remember feeling the same way in my programming course (we don’t have men though), but the whole ‘faking it till you make it’ is actually an advice i wished someone told me earlier.