How can it be that a man like Spike Lee believed so strongly that New York's Twin Towers and Building 7 were taken down with explosives that he wanted to spend the last 30 minutes of his documentary series exploring, if not defending, such a view?
Spike Lee: NYC EPICENTERS 911-> 2021½ Spike Lee's documentary series, which now airs on HBONordic, is a comprehensive depiction of New York – interspersed with memories, stories and insights from eyewitnesses to the city's largest terrorist attack.
Melvin L. Rogers, Heather McGhee: African American Political Thought; A Collected History, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together In the United States, Republicans ban the study of racism. In Denmark, the Folketing has decided that the universities are «European». Viktor Orbán in Hungary had gender studies removed, and in Poland, social anthropology has become a favorite object of hatred. In Norway, the government sets up a commission due to fears of debate about "racist structures". The Norwegian public has copied this right-wing narrative from the United States – the notion that critical race theory, ie academic knowledge, should be a "societal problem". The background is an African-American intellectual heritage that began with the thinker Phillis Wheatley over 200 years ago.
Andrea Culková: Žal Žen (Grief / Sorg) Extinction Rebellion is a fast-growing protest movement. They are in favor of transforming the love of nature and the rage over politicians' passivity into collective action. But what about the political potential of grief?
Lars Movin: William S. Burroughs. From cut-ups to shotgun paintings A recurring theme in William S. Burroughs is control and addiction, art, (quasi-science) and critique of ideology and civilization. This book is an emergence of anecdotes and funny stories.
Bjarke Møller: The politics of hope As a political project, the nations of Europe have failed to find common ground. Can the local and regional based on several "pacts" form the framework for a perspective – which will contribute to the development of a new paradigm?
Renata Avila and Srećko Horvat: Everything Must Change! The World After Covid-19 In a newly published interview anthology about the pandemic, Roger Waters says that war and climate change are killing us faster than anything else, but the breathing pause that began in March 2020 may still open up other alternatives. At the same time, the entire anthology presupposes digital technology – for which we can all be grateful.
I took the gaze of anthropology into the camera lens, it became my optics. The experience of several years in San Francisco, or the experience of having a little brother with schizophrenia – what does that mean for the pictures?
The leader of the Danish party Frie Grønne, Sikandar Siddique, asks MODERN TIMES: «What good is it that there is 'a good atmosphere on the train' if we all on the train are heading towards the abyss? Those of us in the North who "sit on the pig" must find their way out of the consumer hamster wheel.
Joachim Trier: The world's worst man With The World's Worst Man, Joachim Trier has very possibly made his best film to date. And it is more than just the capital that connects it to Reprise and Oslo, 31 August.
Bartlett Sher, screenwriter: JT Rogers: Oslo The escalating conflict between Israel and the Palestinians reminds us again that the Oslo agreement in 1993 did not lead to peace. And thus the HBO film Oslo almost feels like naive escapism.
Beauty, suffering, wealth, poverty, superficiality and raped children are different sides of the same coin, says photographer Marco Di Lauro, who spent a week with the Red Cross in Bergamo during the covid-19 outbreak.
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