What Africa Has to Offer

April 30, 2018

With urbanization projects throughout Africa, the development of infrastructure is often incompatible with the needs of the people. The marginalization that Black Panther — the film adaptation of the Marvel comic — decries of black inner cities in the US is about to be recreated in Africa....

How Black Panther Sees the World

April 08, 2018

The film contrasts aloof isolationism with Gates Foundation-style paternalism. It unfairly paints more revolutionary alternatives as narrowly violent. Donald Trump has now assembled a cabinet of men that have elevated violence to a supreme virtue at home and abroad. Men like Mike Pompeo, John...

“The Post” and the Importance of a Free Press

January 27, 2018

Steven Spielberg’s The Post is a timely reminder of the constitutional importance of a free press. Steven Spielberg’s new film, The Post, which explores the events that led up to New York Times v. US, echoes Justice Hugo Black’s sentiment: “The press was protected so that it could bare...

Why Aren’t Hollywood Films More Diverse?

December 16, 2017

The international box office might be to blame. In 2014, a hacker group leaked confidential information from Sony Pictures Entertainment, including a controversial email written by an unnamed producer. In the email, which went viral, the producer questioned the decision to cast Denzel...

Harvey Weinstein: A Sordid Reality in Hollywood

October 13, 2017

The sad reality is that the Harvey Weinstein story is arguably only the tip of the iceberg. There is something disturbing about the Harvey Weinstein case as someone who has finally been revealed as one of the most predatory monsters of the Hollywood scene. There is a litany of cases,...

Selling Sex: Wonder Woman and the Ancient Fantasy of Hot Lady Warriors

June 07, 2017

The film Wonder Woman will surely join the blockbuster ranks of other recent comic book-inspired film franchises, including Batman, Superman, Spiderman and X-Men. But that’s not just because it features a sword-wielding Gal Gadot in knee-high boots and a metal bodice. Wonder Woman has long...

Hollywood Does it Again

February 25, 2017

Hollywood does not fairly represent minorities in cinema. The Oscar nominations are proof of that. In 2016, Hollywood actress Jada Pinkett Smith, indignant at the Academy Award nominations, joined the #OscarsSoWhite Twitter storm. Back then, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Yes,...

Iranian Filmmaker Returns to Oscars… Sort Of

February 08, 2017

With his latest film nominated for an Academy Award, Asghar Farhadi could write his name into cinema history. For many Iranians, The Salesman is important and relevant. More relevant than the movie, however, is the producer who has brought back glory days to Iranian cinema after a long period of...

Bollywood Still Hasn’t Changed

January 28, 2017

In India, the status quo of gender is promoted in popular culture. Reading through a Times of India article from 2013, “International Women’s Day: Bollywood and its bold women characters,” I was excited to see the names of movies I had watched, like Mother India (1957), Aandhi (Storm...

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