Humans and Human Rights through Documentary

I have always been a fervent advocate of human rights. During the Armenian Genocide of 1915, my great-grandparents were of the few who survived the terrible atrocities. I’ve read countless first-hand accounts of genocide survivors and actively studied contemporary genocide (Armenian Genocide, Holocaust, Rwandan Genocide, etc) through other means like film. As such, I was … More Humans and Human Rights through Documentary

Sociology of Joyce’s Women in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and the Irish Parallel

James Joyce traces the traditional roles of women as mothers and sexually objectified beings. Particular evaluation of the Christmas dinner party scene and the Ballyhoura Hills woman encounter provides evidence of women continuously fighting their conventional, subordinate positions to men. Yet, there seems to be apparent confusion between the expectations of silence and self-expression, as demonstrated by the dual nature that women take on in the novel. Joyce further exemplifies the estrangement of his female characters from social norms by paralleling their behavior to his own sentiments toward Mother Ireland, which he and his novel’s protagonist Stephen both come to resent and leave. With the subtlety of biblical references and the characters’ duplicitous behaviors, Portrait paints a confounded dynamic between the desire for personal liberation and institutional incarceration within both the novel’s women and Joyce himself. … More Sociology of Joyce’s Women in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and the Irish Parallel

Citizen Four: Effectiveness of Documentary

As a human rights activist, I was incredibly fascinated by Laura Poitras’ 2014 film Citizen Four and especially drawn to the content and how it’s displayed. The narrative, though taking place mostly in Edward Snowden’s Hong Kong hotel room, played out swiftly and enabled the viewer to understand Snowden’s choices in how he ‘blew the … More Citizen Four: Effectiveness of Documentary

1933 Convention and Interwar Humanitarianism

The 1933 “Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees” was the first real commitment to build a legal framework on behalf of refugees, specifically Russian and Armenian refugees (Article 1), and was ratified by nine nations in which France and the United Kingdom were included. The primary strength of the 1933 convention was the establishment … More 1933 Convention and Interwar Humanitarianism

Constructing a global experience through Sans Soleil

Chris Marker’s weaving of memory and imagination through the experimental, collage-formed filmography in Sans Soleil entices the viewer to inquire upon reality through a personal interpretation of the truth. Unlike other films, Marker’s work presents fact through the mix of cultural and worldly differences and the infusing of fact and fiction to reflect the current … More Constructing a global experience through Sans Soleil

The African Slaveries: Distinction of Trade

For millenniums slavery has infected cultures and civilization around the world, seeping its way into the histories of Babylon, Rome, and the Americas. Yet perhaps no slavery compares to that within the African continent, from which hundreds of millions of humans have been enslaved and trans-continentally exported for centuries. … More The African Slaveries: Distinction of Trade