Jonathan Novick gives us a rare insight into dwarfism–and not the kind of “rare insights” that appear nightly on TLC–in this short-length documentary, “Don’t Look Down on Me”. Novick has been living in the city for a little over a year now, and while the experience has been good in general, some of the encounters he’s had have been incredibly frustrating. With the help of a button cam, he shows us how.
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National and international news sources have spent the past several days keeping a close eye on the riots rocking Ferguson, Missouri, which followed the killing of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown. While fears of the implications of a militarized police state in the US have abounded, perhaps the most troubling aspect of it all is that the Missouri footage doesn’t seem all that new to us.
In 2014, we’ve seen urban and rural zones–from Kiev to Ankara to Caracas–ablaze in protests of corruption, economies in shambles, and abuses of power, among others. We highlight some of the most dramatic of them all below.
Scariest Riots: Ukraine
The chaotic scene in Ukraine changes on the hour, but thankfully its history does not. Ukraine straddles the border between Europe and Russia, and its geography finds itself deeply embedded and deterministic of cultural identity. The east is predominantly “pro-Russia”, with the west trying to forge closer bonds with the European Union. Given its identity ties and trade deals with Ukraine, the Kremlin is deeply invested in maintaining a pro-Russia presidency, which largely explains its current occupation of Crimea and major propaganda-pumping about…well, nearly everything that’s remotely relevant to the region.
No, your mother isn’t just being a nag. While slapping on sunscreen might not make you the coolest person at the beach, it will save you from the horror that so many in this video have experienced when they take a look at their mug through a UV camera.
As social media continues to dominate our free time (and can lead to the unemployment of those who don’t practice enough discretion with it), its respective platforms present themselves more and more persuasively as viable realities into which we might escape when our daily lives get to be a little…much. The effects of this switch are simultaneously pernicious and unknown, and our generation is really the test dummy. Check out Erica Rotberg’s fantastic animated short on the issue.
In February 2014, the world couldn’t get enough of 4-year-old Mayhem, the adorable kiddo who created paper-made dresses, costumes and outfits with her mom, Angie. Although the mother-daughter duo went viral in the blink of an eye, Fashion by Mayhem hasn’t changed in the face of fame. Angie and Mayhem still recreate red carpet gowns and make silly costumes using tape, construction paper and anything else that happens to be lying around.
The Nikas Awards
In 2008, the Nikas, Russia’s answer to the Oscars, had jokes about Putin and Dmitry Medvedev cut from their broadcast by a TV station. Medvedev, the man who at the time had just taken over as president while Putin switched to prime minister for a term, was hand-picked by Putin, likely because he would bend easily to Putin’s will. Humorist and Nika Awards artistic director Yuly Gusman joked to the audience, “Traditionally we have a message from the Russian president. Since clearly no one knows who our president is, you can consider it coming from me.”