07/27/2015 Loung Ung’s work to be adapted for Netflix by Angelina Jolie
Author and activist Loung Ung survived the Cambodian Genocide as a child. Now her internationally recognized memoir ‘First They Killed My Father’ is going to be adapted for film by Netflix and Angelina Jolie. Oscar-winning actress Jolie Pitt, who directed 2014’s Unbroken, read Ung’s book, which was published in 2000, and the two became close friends.
“I was deeply affected by Loung’s book,” Jolie Pitt says in a statement accompanying the Netflix announcement. “It deepened forever my understanding of how children experience war and are affected by the emotional memory of it. And it helped me draw closer still to the people of Cambodia, my son’s homeland.”
02/08/2015 Announcing Crash Course Astronomy
Phil Plait launched a new video series Crash Course Astronomy.
It is a fun and informative lesson in astronomy written and hosted by Phil Plait, made possible by a recently announced partnership between Crash Course and PBS Digital Studios. Watch the current episodes on Phil’s speaker video page. New episodes of the series are posted on every Thursday on YouTube.
09/05/2014 The Equal Voice Advocate features Jen Marlowe’s writing
Jen Marlowe’s writing is featured in ‘The Equal Voice Advocate’ this month. The Equal Voice Advocate is the publication of Hedgebrook. “My writing (and filmmaking) is in the service of activism, but I don’t know if that makes it activist writing.”
09/04/2014 Elissa Washuta has 2 articles about NA issues out this week
Elissa Washuta has two new columns about Native American identity and issues out this week. At Racialious you’ll find “Violence against Indigenous Women: Fun, Sexy, and No Big Deal on the Big Screen.” At The Weeklings you’ll find “I Am Not Pocahontas”.
09/03/2014 Jen Marlowe: Brazil’s Men of the Sea
The fifth video in Jen Marlowe‘s video series about human rights vio9lations in Brazil is about AHOMAR, an organization trying to prevent pollution of Guanabara Bay.
08/19/2014 How to Write a Memoir
The Stranger reviews Elissa Washuta’s new book, My Body Is A Book Of Rules.
“Body is a storm of fingernails and teeth and gripping, prying fingers flying at you from all directions, a hurricane of parts amounting to a person in full. No matter how prepared you think you are for Washuta, she’s sure to knock you over.”
07/31/2014 My Body Is A Book of Rules
A profile of Elissa Washuta from CityArts Magazine: “Washuta is her own harshest interrogator. It’s uncomfortable watching someone pick at a knot that took 10 years to develop, and then to realize that it’s going to take generations and many more books to process all the seemingly disparate but totally connected stuff—but My Body Is a Book of Rules is a necessary and beautiful start.”
07/30/2014 Rays of Hope in Gaza
Jen Marlowe’s article in Yes! Magazine: 13 Israeli and Palestinian Groups Building Peace. The safety and security every Israeli and Palestinian child deserves can only come about if all children’s rights are secured. Here are the people trying to make that happen.
07/29/2014 Deize: the making of a human rights defender in Brazil
Jen Marlowe’s newest video: Deize Carvalho, a human rights defender I met in the Cantagalo favela in Rio, tells the story of how her teenaged son Adreu was murdered by the police, and how that tragedy transformed her into the activist agaisnt police brutality that she is today.