Tag Archives: Documentary

“In Jackson Heights,” Most Diverse Neighborhood, Opens in NYC

Queens, N.Y.  Our friend NYC Councilmember Danny Dromm has invited the community to see a screening of In Jackson Heights, the new movie by famed documentarian Frederick Wiseman. This film provides an insider’s view into daily life in what is arguably the most diverse neighborhood in the world.  Danny says, “I am thrilled with its […]

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Indian Award-Winning Documentary ‘Daughters of Mother India’ – Jarring Wake-Up Call for Men Like Me

With Jitin Hingorani. New York, N.Y.  While living and working in my comfortable American cocoon in December of 2012, I vaguely remember hearing about an Indian girl named Jyoti Singh Pandey, who was brutally gang-raped on a Delhi bus with a metal rod. My immediate reaction was: “Poor girl… what is happening to my country […]

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Film on the Life & Times of Stonewall Veteran Storme DeLarverie

“If we turn our back, she will die.”  – Sam Bassett New York, N.Y.  Storme, a documentary by Sam Bassett based on the life and times of Stonewall Veteran Storme DeLarverie screened last week to a receptive audience in Manhattan.  Storme’s story has recently been featured by the New York Times and Huffington Post.  She is the Rosa Parks of […]

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Who Was Chea Vichea and Why Does He Matter?

New York, N.Y. In my own special screening, director Bradley Cox recently showed me his 55-minute filmWho Killed Chea Vichea? in his office in Manhattan. Bradley is now in Southeast Asia. Chea Vicheawas the president of the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia (FTUWKC) until his assassination on Chinese New Year in January […]

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Sundance Film Afghan Star Incredible

New York, N.Y.  Thirty years ago people could sing and dance in Afghanistan. Then the Taliban took control, instituted Sharia law and, as described in the film The Kite Runner, changed Afghani life, culture, and personal freedoms for an entire generation. I have had the misfortune of experiencing what it was like to live under Sharia, following the Tsunami […]

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