Author: Jasmine Lee

British Representation In Film Has Failed Its Society

Riz Ahmed & Felicity Jones at the 89th Oscar Academy Awards Ceremony by Disney | ABC Television Group https://flic.kr/p/SqVDBE

At the beginning of March, critically acclaimed actor and musician Riz Ahmed (from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and The Night Of) presented a speech at the British House of Commons for Channel 4’s annual diversity lecture. His talk focused on racial diversity…

Rogue One: Reframing Our Understanding of Rebellion

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Author’s note: This article contains spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. One of the central themes of the Star Wars franchise revolves around revolution, as embodied by the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Also referred to as the…

America is Ill, But We’re Ignoring the Sickness

It's Not Just Ferguson by Johnny SIlvercloud https://flic.kr/p/pMhL7J

“BUILD THAT WALL” Those three haunting words made famous by Trump’s campaign has found its way from Republican rallies to schools across the United States of America, one notable incident including white teens from Texas high school Archer City High…

Beyond Whitewashing: Marvel’s Erasure of Tibet in Doctor Strange Supports Cultural Genocide

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Tilda Swinton’s casting of The Ancient One for Marvel’s most recent release Doctor Strange is mostly presented as another example of Hollywood’s habit of whitewashing Asian characters in films. This time the issue extends far beyond that, and this is…

The Unknown Uprisings: Five Years Later, Bahrain’s Protests Still Virtually Ignored In the West

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“The feeling of marginalization is the engine. The feeling of being discriminated is the engine behind [the uprising]. But what has made us come out in huge numbers is the revolution in Tunisia, and the success of that revolution followed…

A Girl In the River: Oscar-Winning Film to Create Change in Pakistan

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On the night of the 88th Academy Awards, director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy took home an Oscar for her film, A Girl In the River: The Price of Forgiveness in the best documentary short category. Portraying acid attacks on Pakistani women in her first…

Trudeau Promises a “Total Renewal” of Relationship with First Nations Peoples

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In September, I published an article looking at the abominable treatment of Canada’s Aboriginal community by its government, particularly addressing its indifference toward the missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. For decades there has been no national inquiry launched…