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Wednesday 17 December, 2014

What mermaids wish you knew: Nijla Mumin discusses fantasy and folklore in Deluge

In the spirit of magical realist films like “Eve’s Bayou,” Nijla Mumin’s “Deluge” blends coming of age drama and fantasy to explore traumatic memories. In a post BP oil spill New Orleans, 15-year old Tiana witnesses the mass drowning of her friends. After struggling with the decision not to jump in, she must decide if […]


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Friday 25 April, 2014

Why you can never let love escape…

Hurt people hurt people, right? It’s proven. I was coming out of another failed “relationship”. I put quotations around that word because what I was leaving was more like a rest stop on the way to a destination more than a destination itself. I started to think about the ways I’d been hurt and the […]


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Thursday 09 January, 2014

The Legend Behind the Legend: Esther Anderson on Reggae, Rebellion & Marley

It’s never the same when you just read about some point in time, do the research, dissect the field notes, try to extract meaning from the inanimate and past. Nothing compares to speaking directly to someone who lived it, knows it, was one of the architects of this moment of interest. Their creativity and foresight […]


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Tuesday 29 October, 2013

Even When the Government Doesn’t Work, Artists Do: Why “Better Mus’ Come” Remains Current

The wake of the United States government shut-down, is just one instance reminding us that movies about government failings, past and present, remain “current.” Many filmmakers of political cinema have a bigger vision for their art than criticizing a broken system. These artists help audiences connect dots they didn’t recognize before and show the first-hand […]


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Wednesday 23 October, 2013

“Mother of George” Exclusive Giveaway for Live Unchained Supporters

BIG thanks to everyone who contributed to Live Unchained’s “Terrifying, Strange & Beautiful” campaign! Your support is priceless. As a donor, you are a part of a growing community of inspiring artists, taste-makers and activists around the world who want to see more diverse artists and conversations in art and media. You also join brands […]


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Tuesday 04 June, 2013

The Heart is a Shield: The Journey of Paul Sika and Art of “Photomaking”

Like all good journey’s, Paul Sika‘s is full of beautiful people, risk, drama (but not the petty kind) and personal revelations. A multimedia artist, he captures all this complexity in bold, saturated and cinematic images. Paul calls his approach “photomaking” as it bridges photography and filmmaking. Around the world, people are praising this vibrant aesthetic […]


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Wednesday 16 January, 2013

Indie Trailblazers Ava DuVernay and Emayatzy Corinealdi | 30 Days Unchained : Day 7

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day: 7 – 1/16/13 | Inspiration: Ava DuVernay and Emayatzy Corinealdi A dream realized is a beautiful thing. Just ask Ava Duvernay of AFFRM (The African American Film Festival Releasing Movement), an independent filmmaker who had the vision to leave behind a legacy on her own terms with an innovative approach to […]


Wednesday 04 August, 2010

The Power of Cinema and Sweet Potato Pie: Nijla Mu’min Discusses Film-Making, Creativity and the Art of Making it Work

Deeply moved by Spike Lee’s Malcolm X, Nijla Mu’min sought a career that would capture audience’s imaginations and combine her interests in writing and visual art. She followed her passion, making her first film guerilla style in the wee hours of the morning in Oakland, California. Nijla earned her BA from the University of California, […]