Sofles - Limitless
Shot / Cut by Selina Miles
Cricket Outta Compton: How cricket changed the lives of a number of men from Compton. (via Grantland)
I’m translating these English hash-tags and phrases into Urdu.
- Just saying = Sirf arz kar reha/rehi houn.
- That awkward moment when = Woh ajeeb lamha jab.
- Swag = Khoob andaaz.
- Haters gonna hate = Nafrat karne walay nafrat karain ge.
- Haters to the left = Keena rakhne…
Is it just me or does everything sound real poetic in urdu.
Blue Mosque Istanbul
A nation built on the genocide of its indigenous inhabitants, forced lifelong labor and brutal living conditions of African folks, designating itself as the morality enforcement of the rest of the world through even more brutal policies, economically intimidating sanctions, extrajudicial killings, prolonged military siege and occupation that cant even provide justice for the youth within its own borders.
What a world we live in.
I hope this young man’s (referring to Trayvon Martin) family know they have an army of people who recognize the horrid injustice they’ve suffered. Believe me, people outside of the US know what sanctioned terrorism from America’s legal system feels like and we feel deeply for them.
|—||my uncle in Eritrea sent me a long email yesterday and this is an excerpt from it (via maarnayeri)|
5 Broken Cameras (2011) - a firsthand account of the protests in Bil’in, a West Bank village affected by the Israeli West Bank barrier. The documentary was shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son. In 2009 Israeli co-director Guy Davidi joined on to create the film. Structured around the destruction of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of turmoil. The film won a 2012 Sundance Film Festival award and was nominated for a 2012 Academy Award.
On the Tumblr-sphere, some of you may have already encountered this bad-ass British Pakistani Photographer Sanaa Hamid through her viral Cultural Appropriation Series . But as a Pakistani woman myself, this particular series rendered a powerfully familiar and nuanced exploration of women’s body politics across the Subcontinent.
“Through Her Eyes”shows her attempts to conform to culturally inherited expectations and ideologies that are sometimes imposed on her.
It is portrayed through a series of performative self portraits, using the aesthetic style of Bollywood films and Pakistani actresses that her Mother admired at the same age as her. It is a collaboration between herself and her mother, as the latter is given the responsibility to press the shutter, immortalising her as an image of a particular character; literally “Through Her Eyes”.
It is an exploration of self, while also questioning how possible it is to know those closest to us, and the absence of our true self even with your own mother, who should be the person closest to you.
By displaying the work as a series of four photographs, Hamid takes the viewer through a succession of personalities, encouraging speculation about the photographer herself and her true identity. Hamid reinterprets the self portrait to make reference topical issues of multiculturalism and ethnic identity. Her discomfort in being in front of the camera is another important aspect of the process, as it is parallel with the difficulty of becoming the character.
Also discussed is the modern depictions of Pakistani women, who have very little positive representation within the media and the beauty industry. Hamid’s intention is not to cast a negative view upon her cultural background, but to create awareness about the distinctly different moral guidelines she lives by compared to British culture. In her role as Bollywood stars such as Meena Kumari (images 1 & 2) or Rekha (image3) and Devika (image 4), she is accepted not just by her culture, but by society. She is perfect.
You can find our more about Sana and her other work that powerfully explores gender, race, religion, and multiculturalism on her website