‘Film School Africa’ documentary shows filmmaking as art therapy is healing apartheid rifts in South Africa

Apartheid is too recent a memory, culturally, for communities to mix freely without fear. But with films as the common passion, it is “a way to heal” those rifts and create a brotherhood where none existed before By Smita M  Community is a powerful thing. It binds people together, gives them a support structure to depend on and gives life...

Meeting the founder of India’s first community-owned feminist library

Appeared on the net on the 3rd of june 2019 TextJessie Williams Aqui Thami is busy. Apart from working on her PhD, the Mumbai-based artist and activist has just opened the doors of India’s first community-owned feminist library: Sister Library. So it’s no wonder she apologises for her delayed response with “it’s been a little too hectic”. Known for her guerrilla posters,...

Nonkilling Paradigm

Springer academic publishers has just released the new book The Nonkilling Paradigm: For World Peace and Enlightenment, authored by Dr. Katyayani Singh and Dr. Anoop Swarup, Chair of the Center for Global Nonkilling. This new contribution to the development of nonkilling theory emerged from a doctoral dissertation entitled Nonkilling and Global Peace: A Study of Emerging Paradigms and Prospects, that was defended by Katyayani...

‘‘Women of Allah’ versus Women of Heart – Iran versus USA reality

If Georgia O’Keeffe the American female painter represented a heart of the USA, I am an Iranian female painter representing a heart of Iran. Georgia O’Keeffe carries the soul of a nation while bringing attention to the beauty and sensuality of flowers with her art. I carry the soul of Iran while bringing those beautiful flowers to the heart of...

The Man Who Planted Trees

In our urgency to ‘achieve results’ (or, in reality, perhaps to ‘show results’ to others) we often tend to forget the miracles that slow, consistent and assiduous work can achieve. The Man Who Planted Trees, published in 1953, is a story of a French shepherd, Elzéard Bouffier, who brings about one such miracle. “For a human character to reveal truly...

Heart of Serenity

Lida’s new painting “Heart of Serenity” (oil on canvas, 90 x 70cm) is dedicated to the damaged relations between Iran and USA. She says: “If Georgia O’Keeffe the female painter was a heart of the USA, then I am a female painter heart of Iran. She brought attention to the beauty of flowers with her art, I bring those flowers...

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