Lisbeth Zornig Andersen is a Danish economist, author, former President of the Danish National Council for Children and debater with a focus on vulnerable/disadvantaged people. She became famous in the documentary, My childhood in Hell, where she confronts her stepfather and mother over her childhood filled with failure and sexual assault in the autobiography, “Zornig-anger is my middle name.”
Obscure by Soudade Kaadan
I know that look that six-year old Ahmad has. I recognize it from some of the children that I lived in an orphanage with. I can see that there is a lot of thought, lips moving, but there are no words. Instead, he goes to sleep. Ahmad has seen the worst. Death, war and the loss of a brother. ‘Obscure’ is a quiet film that follows a young boy’s life in a refugee camp where there isn’t nearly any room for therapy, but offers success through drawing, music and gentle talk to bring a little life to Ahmad’s eyes and little words from his mouth. If you want to understand what war does to children, please take the time to see this documentary. I would almost say it is mandatory to watch especially for politicians and other powerful people who have the opportunity to do something about wars and refugee camps. When the future has an opinion about the quality of refugee camps and wars, they must remember Ahmad and his gaze.
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Strong Island by Yance Ford
I don’t know so much about racism in the United States. Only on headline level. If you feel the same way I do, you should see ‘Strong Island’. You’ll get an insight into an ordinary black middle class family who thinks that they belong to a community and a class where being of colour is something to be proud of, right up until the day of a disaster, when their eldest son is shot, unarmed. From that day on, the white community stood together to demonize her son and protect the killer. A jury of whites decide that the killer should not be prosecuted and that the case will solved as a matter of self-defense. From then on in, the Ford family pride crumbles. The film gives an insight into a family’s grief and anger, and shows how justice is not being done, just by skin color. This documentary should remind us that racism is still rife. See it as a societal wake up call, and see it as a sister’s beautiful and austere tale of the loss of a beloved brother along with the experience of family dissolution. A must see!
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