Reggie Yates spends a week in South Africa’s largest white squatter camp, Coronation Park.
Archival documentary series which ranges widely over Britain’s social and cultural history
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|—||Mahatma Gandhi (via diasporatoday)|
* HOMELESS NATION *
I’ve been learning about transmedia cultures lately and realised how ignorant I’ve been towards its presence. Here’s an example of a crowdsourcing project that gives marginalised people a voice.
* FUTURE LEARNING *
"When are we ever going to need this in life?" sound familiar?
I don’t agree with staring at a screen all day but I think what this short doc is trying to say is that we need to start teaching the next generation useful information that will be relevant to their future. The education system needs to be less systematic in league board competition and more concerned about their pupil’s individual needs. Not everyone learns the same way and there are options other than university. But that’s just me digressing again.
This doc has some critical and optimistic speakers. I solute them.
|—||"Peter Davis - three decades of filming the world of apartheid" by Lynn Schoch for Archive Zones, The Official Journal of FOCAL International, Autumn 2013, issue no. 87 (via diasporatoday)|
* THIS WORLD: DON’T PANIC - THE TRUTH ABOUT POPULATION *
Rather than just throwing statistics at us it was nice to see footage of families that represent the data, because each of us are more than just a number. We all make choices based on our individual situation, opportunities and perception on life. It was funny to see the results of a survey, or the “British ignorance test” as the lecturer put it, which tested the British knowledge on the population of certain countries. You’d think after the empire we would be keeping tabs on how well former colonies are doing, but to be honest the last time I personally learnt about another country was a decade ago in primary school, which is probably why I’m so interested in documentaries.
This is probably one of the few presentations that didn’t make me slip into a daydream of boredom.
* BEFORE THEY PASS AWAY *
Not sure about the narrator and the at times cheesy music, but this photographer’s aim to capture images of tribes from around the world shows how important it is to document traditional existences before they indeed pass away.
* HOLLYWOOD HAIR *
Forget what the tourism industry tells you about Hollywood. Juliet Snowden captures a piece of reality in a little local hair salon that is so cosy and inviting, you feel you are hanging out with the different characters that have visited there for many years. It is a place of humble nostalgia where honest people can let go of their worries. This is probably one of the few documentaries I have watched where the interviewees and the surrounding people are allowed to behave naturally, showing their true environment. It is obvious that the notion of community has not yet died.
The Japanese Love Industry
Japan is a country that is dying—literally. Japan has more people over the age of 65 and the smallest number of people under the age of 15 in the world. It has the fastest negative population growth in the world, and that’s because hardly anyone is having babies. In these difficult times, the Japanese are putting marriage and families on the back burner and seeking recreational love and affection as a form of cheap escape with no strings attached. We sent Ryan Duffy to investigate this phenomenon, which led him to Tokyo’s cuddle cafes and Yakuza-sponsored prostitution rings.
First reblog. Just fascinating.