The 2012 deadly gang rape of a 23-year-old medical student in Delhi sparked outrage around the world and led to unprecedented protests. A new documentary, “India’s Daughter,” sheds light on the violence, shame and injustice that Indian women often face. Jeffrey Brown interviews Leslee Udwin, the film’s director, about why the case galvanized so much support and why India has banned the film. Continue reading
For centuries, Timbuktu was a center of learning, home to a university and a vast collection of manuscripts containing priceless written records of Islamic and African history. When, a few years ago, jihadists invaded the city and set about to destroy its cultural treasures, one man organized a mission to smuggle out most of the manuscripts. Jeffrey Brown reports from Mali. Continue reading
Photographer Suzanne Heintz captures the hallmark moments of her fictional, mannequin family, including vacations, meals and even steamy shower scenes. Continue reading
Mali is a country renowned for its music, but in 2012, the music stopped. That year, separatist rebels and Islamic groups seized two-thirds of the country and banned any expression of art. While French and Malian forces drove the Islamists out, much of the north remains unsafe. Jeffrey Brown reports from Bamako and Timbuktu on efforts to restore their rich culture. Continue reading
For more than 2,000 years, several volumes of classical South Asian texts remained locked away in languages that have either died, have a dwindling number of speakers or no one bothered to translate these stories for a global audience.
The northern part of Mali, in West Africa, has come under attack repeatedly since 2012, when al-Qaida linked militants seized two-thirds of the country. Today, as U.N.-led peace talks progress, Mali’s artists and scholars are joining in the fight for reconciliation and the preservation of the music, art and scholarship at the heart of their country. Continue reading
Listen to J. Allyn Rosser read “As If,” her poem that “contemplates humanity as not quite worthy of the world,” Continue reading
Documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles died Thursday night after a 60-year long career that deeply affected the conversations around nonfiction filmmaking, conversations about truth, accuracy, bias and exploitation. Here are clips from seven films that define his unflinching style.
Albert Maysles, the award-winning documentary filmmaker who helped pioneer a new set of documentary conventions, died Thursday night at his home in Manhattan. Maysles, who made films with his brother David, is best known for his for his cinema verite documentaries “Grey Gardens,” Gimme Shelter” and “Salesman.” Continue reading
The ecosystem of a rotting log can be just as detailed and alive as that of a volcano, at least according to the delicate hand-drawn illustrations of the natural world by Julia Rothman in her new book “Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World.” Continue reading