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THIS WEEK ON THE ARTSY FARTSY SHOW…
OUT OF BOUNDS
Breaking social, political, and artistic boundaries and the status quo happens all the time, all over the world, for personal and social reasons. Out of Bounds is the title of today’s show, an idea that encompasses many different realms. Often, people conform to a certain stereotype in order to fit into a situation. But every so often a person jumps out at you because they are different. They challenge the rules and regulations put into play by society.
This week’s feature…
Adair Lion: Daring to Break Boundaries
Jack Dourakos Interviews Rapper Adair Lion
Adair Lion is a rapper / singer /producer / director born and raised in the rough streets of central El Paso, Tx near the infamous murder capital of Juarez, Mexico. Adair strives to be unlike what’s perceived of Latinos by the main stream media. He decided that he would be a positive influence for Latino youth. Entrepreneurial minded he co-founded a music label called Above The Notes, based off the belief that a label should work to touch the lives of others by doing more than just making music.
Adair Lion received a Degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Music with an Emphasis on Vocal Performance and Concentration in Sound Engineering. While in Austin he performed with a group called BOOMBOXatx and was mentored by MC Overlord (Austin’s 10 time best hip-hop Artist of the Year / Austin Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame inductee).
Spot of Culture
When Society Pushes You Out
Daniel will interview Andre Banks the Executive Director of Allout.org
What AllAbout.org Does…
By tapping in to the unprecedented possibilities for global people power that new social media technologies allow, All Out is building a truly global community able to respond to moments of crisis and opportunity, to advance the lives and freedoms of LGBT people—everywhere.
From the blogosphere to social networks to email inboxes, All Out runs multilingual real-time campaigns to inform, educate, and engage the public. In less than a year All Out has worked to halt the deportation of a lesbian Ugandan asylum seeker in the UK, organized to defend the immigration rights of bi-national same sex couples, called global attention to homophobic and trans violence in Brazil, and helped organized unprecedented pressure at the United Nations to push forward a historic resolution on LGBT equality. Over half a million around the world went All Out with us to stop the “Kill the Gays” bill in Uganda, dozens joined our flash mob in Germany to protest homophobia at the Women’s World Cup, and tens of thousands are pushing Facebook, the social networking giant, to recognize and respect trans identities.
Ukraine’s legislature is about to vote a brand new bill into law that will make it illegal to be gay or lesbian in public. President Viktor Yanukovych has the power to stop the law, but has chosen to stay silent on the growing anti-gay sentiment.
The President says a new alliance with the European Union is his #1 Priority. As officials from Ukraine prepare to meet with an EU delegation on human rights this Friday, it’s time to finally bring this issue to light and force the President Yanukovych to speak out against these laws.
Sign the Petition: http://www.allout.org/en/actions/ukraine
FILMING THE BOUNDRIES OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Barika Interviews Human Rights Film Festival Deputy Director, Andrea Holley
For over 20 years, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival has provided a forum for the creative community to share stories that bear witness to the human condition. Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. The Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.
The 23rd annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival (co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Human Rights Watch) returns to New York from June 14 to 28 screening sixteen powerful documentary and fiction films from 12 countries at the Film Society’s Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center.
The films selected in this year’s program by theme:
Health, Development, and the Environment
Three American-directed documentaries highlight the wide-ranging effects of corporate commoditization on human rights.
Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (filmmakers: Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke) skillfully examines the powerful forces maintaining the status quo of a broken medical system—a system designed for quick fixes rather than prevention, for profit-driven care rather than patient-driven care.
Bitter Seeds (filmmaker: Micha X. Peled) is a vibrant investigation into a suicide epidemic among India’s cotton farmers, deeply in debt after getting caught up in program that uses genetically modified seed program.
Bidder 70 (Filmmakers, Beth and George Gage) profiles courageous environmental activist Tim DeChristopher, who was sentenced to two years in federal prison in 2011 for deliberately sabotaging a much-protested Bureau of Land Management auction of oil and gas leases on pristine public lands in Utah.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) and Migrants’ Rights
Call Me Kuchu (filmmakers, Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall) is a documentary that looks at the injustices facing the LGBT community in Uganda.
Special Flight (filmmaker, Fernand Melgar) is an intimate documentation of rejected asylum seekers and unauthorized migrants in Switzerland’s Frambois detention center.
Color of the Ocean (filmmaker, Maggie Peren) tells the moving story of a father and son, Congolese refugees whose paths collide with those of an altruistic tourist and a Canary Islands police officer—changing the course of all their lives.
Personal Testimony and Witnessing
War Witch (filmmaker, Kim Nguyen) an emotionally powerful drama about a 14-year-old girl abducted by a rebel army in sub-Saharan Africa.
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (filmmaker, Alison Klayman) an up-close look at renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei and his ongoing battle with the Chinese government.
Brother Number One (filmmaker, Annie Goldson) follows New Zealander Rob Hamill as he is given the chance to testify at the Cambodia War Crimes Tribunal.
Little Heaven (Filmmaker, Lieven Corthouts)is a touching portrait of 13-year-old Lydia, as she goes about her daily life in an Ethiopian orphanage for children living with HIV.
Reporting in Crises
Reportero (filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz) follows veteran reporters Sergio Haro and Zeta, working in one of the most deadly places in the world to be a journalist.
Silenced Voices (filmmaker, Beate Arnestad) is told as a personal encounter with exiled journalists from Sri Lanka who have been “silenced.”
Words of Witness (filmmaker, Mai Iskander) focuses on daring young Cairo-based internet reporter Heba Afify as she takes to the streets to report on an Egypt in turmoil.
The Invisible War (Filmmaker, Amy Ziering & US Director, Kirby Dick) reveals the profound personal and social consequences of the rape epidemic in the US military.
Salaam Dunk (filmmaker,David Fine) chronicles a year in the life of the women’s basketball team at the American University of Sulaimani, Iraq, where the sport offers the young women a release from the realities of a war-torn nation.
Habibi (filmmaker, Susan Youssef) the first fiction feature set in Gaza in over 15 years, challenges the stereotype of the oppressed Arab woman in a love story between two Palestinian students torn apart by political boundaries.
Filmgoers can also visit the Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery at the Walter Reade Theatre to view 2012 Peaboy award winner, Brent Stirton’s photo exhibit, Unreported Stories. Photojournalist, Stirton and the Human Rights Watch organization investigated the Porgera gold mines of Papua New Guinea. The exhibit gives a visual perspective of their investigative finds on the abuse of the people living near the gold mine.
2012 Human Rights Watch Film Festival information:
Dates: June 14-28, 2012 at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincon Center
Hours: Mon.-Fri. opens at 12:30pm, Sat./Sun. opens 1/2 hr before first public screening; closes 15 minutes after the start of the last show.
The box office and tickets: Box office closes at 6pm when there are no public screenings. Tickets can be purchased on the HRWFF’s mobile site or by calling 212-875-5600 during operating hours.
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