First They Came….

First They Came….

“It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’ve come from,
Or what you believe in or what you do,
Freedom of speech is a civil liberty
.”

First They Came is a very powerful two-minute short film by Florian Malak.  The film was produced as a social campaign based on Martin Niemöller’s famous dictum “First they came…” about the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power, and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group.  It presents a particularly timely and forceful message in the face of the present-day rapidly rising wave of discrimination against everyone who is perceived as different.

First They Came….

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Dunny: The Weight of a Man

Dunny: The Weight of a Man

Dunny is a  dreamy, but very sad short film by Philip Van, which was a Grand Jury Finalist at the 2007 Raindance Film Festival.  The film tells the story of an over-weight and bullied boy, who nonetheless is resolute in his courtship of a popular girl.  It pulls no punches as Dunny attempts to give the girl a note expressing his feelings and is surprisingly invited over for dinner by her mom, which leads to even more embarrassment.

Dunny: The Weight of a Man

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Photo of the Day: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Jess, Bend, Oregon, 2009

Photography by:  Jeff Sheng, Los Angeles

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Jess, Bend, Oregon, 2009 is a photograph by the award-winning Los Angeles photographer Jeff Sheng.  Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is his new photography project, which consists of a series of photographs of closeted men and women in the United States military. The photographs represent Sheng’s interest in the intersections between public and private spaces, and the government’s ever-intrusive policing of our most private spaces.

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