By Benjamin Akpan
As teenagers, best friends Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails thought of making a movie based on their personal experiences, particularly that of Fails’. In 2015, they began to actively raise funds to produce their film. Four years later, following a successful kickstarter, an acclaimed short film, as well as backing from production companies A24 and Brad Pitt’s Plan B, they finally brought their film The Last Black Man in San Francisco to life. The film is a slow burning and poetic, yet earnest love story to the city they both grew up in, which they have watched slowly disintegrate before their very eyes as a result of gentrification.
By Muniyra Douglas
Based on the Kevin Kwan fictional novel, Crazy Rich Asians was the sleeper comedy/drama hit of 2018. The journey follows Rachel Chu and Nick, as they travel to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. She's shocked to find out that Nick's family is much wealthier than he originally let on. The film is helmed by Asian-American director John M. Cho, and features a predominately Asian-cast. The narrative is a modern tale of love, jealousy, family history, and cultural identity. Although the film has garnered much praise and awards for its casting choices and brilliant storytelling, it sheds light on the consistent misrepresentation and whitewashing of Asian characters in Western based cinema.
By Amin Fereg
Films, often for better or for worse, take inspiration from real life experiences and as a result it’s important to have as many individuals as possible telling their own story.
By Oliver O'Brien
“If people knew how little justice and truth had to do with the justice system, they’d amass the courthouse with stakes on fire.” says a lawyer from the Innocence Project of Texas while discussing the trial of the San Antonio Four.
By Tonte Spiff
Members of the LGBTQ+ community in many societies around the world regularly show their courage in the face of prejudice and discrimination. Here in Canada, same-sex sexual activities, even between consenting adults, were considered as crimes punishable by imprisonment prior to 1969. It was at that time when the Canadian government passed an omnibus bill to decriminalize private sexual acts between two people, over the age of 21, which was a breakthrough in treating members of the LGBTQ+ community equally under the law. Close to 10 years later, in 1977, the province of Quebec became the first jurisdiction in Canada to amend its provincial charter of human rights to ensure the inclusion of sexual orientation, as a prohibited ground for discrimination.
By Jennifer Gerrard
Growing up I always knew I wanted to be a Mom someday. However, when I was 14 the doctors told me that I will probably never be able to have children. I spiraled into a depression that took me down some dangerous paths. I did get pregnant a few times, but I always lost it.