Anwar Batte

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I grew up on the Internet, which explains a lot.

“Strolling,” a Series That Peeks Into the Lives of Black Londoners

Cecile Emeke’s ongoing series strolling has a wide-open premise: A “short documentary film series where [she goes] on a stroll with people and [talks] about various issues affecting people.” But the five episodes she’s uploaded to Vimeo so far end up critically exploring the lives of not only the young black people (mostly women) featured, but also…

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How Agent Orange's Shameful Past Still Lingers Today
How Agent Orange’s Shameful Past Still Lingers Today

Agent Orange, the chemical agent sprayed over forests to destroy cover and aid the U.S. war effort during the Vietnam War, has long been known as a tragic mistake. However, The Dark Shadow of Agent Orange reveals how the aftermath of the chemical weapon still lingers today. The film tracks the deployment of Agent Orange, the…

Watch Yoko Ono's Classic
Watch Yoko Ono’s Classic “Cut Piece” Performance

Bored in the office? Bored at home? Nothing like brushing up on the performance art canon to spice up your day. Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece, first performed in 1964, is one of the most well-known performances you may have heard but never seen. In it, audience members are invited to (one at a time) approach…

Welcome to Divine David's Favorite Place on Earth
Welcome to Divine David’s Favorite Place on Earth

Nothing could be more innocuous than naming your favorite place in the world as a riverbank, right? Not so for David Hoyle, A.K.A. Divine David. In this clip from his ’90s-era TV show, the performance artist shows us just how easy it is to ruin a perfectly pleasant evening with just a little gruesome imagery,…

“An Unfinished Conversation” Examines the History of Migration in the U.K. Through One Woman’s Story

Derica Shields‘s mother came to the United Kingdom by way of Jamaica, a journey made by hundreds of thousands of black people from the British West Indies in the second half of the 20th century. So, her short film An Unfinished Conversation is both a personal and historical work. Juxtaposing her mother’s story of leaving…

“Hair Highway,” a Short That Shows How Human Hair is Bought and Produced in China

Inspired by China’s economic past, as represented by the Silk Road and its present position as the leading exporter of human hair (!), multidisciplinary artisans Studio Swine created the short Hair Highway to depict the journey hair takes from scalp-protein-string-thing to living room ornament, depicting the people and processes involved.  The hair is coated in…

“Games People Play” Depicts the Cutthroat Nature of Human Behavior

Betrayal, deceit, revenge, cutthroat competition, and all else that is good and holy dominate the action in Games People Play, an animated flick set in a rather brutal round of Snakes and Ladders. A cast of Victorian Era-reminiscent elites take part in a race forward and upward, set to a constantly ascending string orchestra. Assembled…