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Pasta Nera: when Italy had nothing left to give but love, pasta and polenta.

PastaNera_Foto_22How does an entire country manage to forget over 100,000 of its children were put on trains and sent away from home? How can a country so critical of itself forget one of its kindest deeds ever? How can it be that one of its most organised and successful campaigns of social activism be relegated to the archives instead of championed as an exemplary example of what even the most poverty stricken citizens can achieve? While Pasta Nera does not try to answer these questions of why, it brings to light this wonderful story of great human generosity in a time of immense need, of the coming together of north and south in a postwar Italy reduced to rubble, and of the power of women at a time when they had very little money and even fewer rights. Continue reading

Week 10 (and Homework): Radio, and Podcasts

Radio and Podcasts
A conservative list of America’s Top 25 Radio Hosts

This American Life
The Moth
CitizenReporter

More
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Homework:
1. Read all Week 10 handouts and Week 10 links.
2. Due Tues. April 14: Final Project Proposals
3. Start doing research for final project.
4. Continue your work for the class crowd funding project.
5. By next class (Thursday) return The Transformative Power of Art last page with your answers.
6. By Tues. April 14 Watch this and have your final project proposal ready. Also be ready to present orally your team’s progress regarding the class crowdfunding project.

A Contaminated Democracy (That’s Fracked Up!)

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Typically film sequels only instigate eye-rolls from moviegoers, but I solemnly swear that “Gasland Part II” is worth viewing. The prequel “Gasland” invited viewers to join filmmaker Josh Fox as he educated himself about the natural gas industry’s hydraulic fracturing (fracking) method of gas extraction – and in the process, he exposed the environmental repercussions associated with it. In the follow-up film, Fox drills into the gas industry again by documenting how natural gas companies are taking advantage of property owners, threatening and propelling them into financial ruins. Continue reading

Weeks 8 and 9: Documentary and Film

Documentary Feature
Born Into Brothels (2004)
Link: Kids With Cameras

Film Short
I Want to Be a Pilot (2006)

Lunch and Learn Workshop with Director, Conor Morrissey (Thurs. March 12, 2015 at 12:30 in Room B204)

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On Thursday March 12th from 12:30 to 1:30 in Room B204, AUR’s Film & Digital Media Program is having its third Lunch and Learn Workshop of the semester, taught by acclaimed film director, Conor Morrissey.
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March 5, 2015 at 12:30: Guest Speaker -Imam Childs

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On Thursday March 5th from 12:30 to 1:30 in Room B106, AUR’s Film & Digital Media Program is having its second Lunch and Learn Workshop of the semester, taught by Iman Childs.
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Weeks 6 and 8: Animation

Articles:  Editor’s Notebook: The Impact of Animation in Unexpected Places UNICEF: Cartoons for Children’s Rights Animation and Documentaries Cartoons For Children’s Rights: Education (India) Cartoons For Children’s Rights: Self Expression (Chile) Cartoons For Children’s Rights: A Protective Environment (Scotland) Cartoons For Children’s Rights: Identity (Iran) Cartoons for Children’s Rights: Freedom From Discrimination Schoolhouse Rock : How a Bill Becomes a Law Schoolhouse Rock: Conjunction Junction The Story of Stuff Super Size Me (Opening)

Week 1: Photography (and one Animation) -Images/Links

One Animation:
I Met the Walrus -James Braithwaite

Images:
Dorothea Lange
| Gallery 2 | Japanese Americans
Migrant Mother Detail (Video)
Jacob Riis Gallery
Jacob Riis
(Video)

Links:
13 Photos that Changed the World
Images that Changed the World

American Photography -Social Change

Social Documentary.net

The Climate Change Denial Machine

index  “The Koch Brothers & Their Amazing Climate Change Denial Machine” is short, three-and-a-half minute-long film made by the Australian filmmaker Taki Oldham. The footage used is part of his longer, 55 minute long documentary “The Billionaires’ Tea Party” (2011).
A good example of visually effective use of animation techniques, this short film details the effort of Charles and David Koch, oil barons that spent millions to influence American public opinion, undermining the belief in global warming and trying to prevent any legislation targeting climate change that could result in a threat to their profits.
By financing bogus scientific studies and funding complacent Think Tanks and Front Groups (including but not limited to Women groups and Senior Groups), the public is lead to believe that global warming and the threats it entails are only a theory and not a fact. The truth is that those that argue against climate change are a small minority, but their coordination and funding are such that they have been able to influence opinion and legislation, thus safeguarding the interests of influential but largely anonymous energy oligarchs.
Produced by Larrikin films, the director’s own Production Company, whose name refers to irreverence toward authority and disregard for the norms of propriety”, the film was mainly distributed through the web.
In my opinion, this documentary does a very effective job of portraying the dangerous sides of corporate takeover of democracy, as well as warning the public against the content of mainstream, often interest-group-funded, media.
Some useful links to watch the film and learn more:

Fast Food Baby (Noemi Miyahara)

fast food                Junk food addiction is increasing at an alarming rate with the youth and has reared a new generation of fast food babies. Fast Food Baby is an hour long BBC documentary first aired in the UK in 2011.  This BBC documentary follows three British families with children that have a fast food addiction. The addicts are two 19-month old babies and a 3 year old toddler, whose families are desperately seeking help to stop their baby’s unhealthy habits. These families meet with child-feeding experts, dieticians, doctors, and dentists to learn of the side effects of fast-food and how to overcome their eating habits. In addition parents attend classes on how to cook and deal with their children’s refusal in eating healthy.

The documentary was directed and produced by Vicki Cooper and broadcasted by BBC. BBC is a public service broadcaster and is funded by an annual television license fee that charges British households receiving live TV broadcasts. Though the budget of the documentary is unclear, the film was supported by their broadcaster, BBC. The film was aired on TV and can also be watched on YouTube.

The documentary, Fast Food Babies, addresses a growing problem that is often ignored by the public. About one in five babies in the United Kingdom are overweight, FFB brings awareness along with a solution to this problem. The film shows that with the help of professionals, families can overcome their obstacles and live a healthier lifestyle.

For further information or a preview of the film can be viewed on their website: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00h0kxv