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Celebrated British war correspondent Robert Fisk recently passed away, just as a new film about him has been made widely available to stream. Director Yung Chang’s documentary This is Not a Movie is not just a biography of Fisk, but also a challenge to multiple misguided assumptions the establishment makes about both journalism in general and reporting on West Asia more specifically.
Fisk spent decades covering everything from the Troubles in Northern Ireland to the Palestinian liberation struggle to the Syrian Civil War. He has often been accused of sympathizing with terrorists and dictators due to his refusal to parrot the simplistic good-and-evil narrative of the mainstream. (We see, for example, an explanation on why he reported the way he did about the Douma chemical attack in Syria.) In following Fisk through Syria, Palestine, and Lebanon, the film provides an excellent crash course in journalism as a challenge to authority and what “pursuing the truth” actually looks like — as Fisk puts it, “objective, but on the side of those who suffer.”
This is Not a Movie can be streamed via Anthology Film Archives.
Here We Are! is an expansive exhibition exploring the role of women in furniture design, fashion design, industrial design, and interior design.
The photograph of Mahal, taken in 1872 while she was interned and dispossessed, raises questions of consent.
Large-scale installations by artist and adobera Joanna Keane Lopez and olfactory-acoustic sculptures by Oswaldo Maciá will be on view starting October 1.
Weems’s essay is excerpted from Ways of Hearing: Reflections on Music in 26 Pieces.
Freelance writer Rona Akbari partnered with artist Aishwarya Srivastava for a print sale fundraiser to support Afghan nationals who are facing illness and starvation.
Over 125 artist studios, galleries, and exhibition spaces open their doors to the public for this year’s Jersey City Art and Studio Tour, taking place from September 30 through October 3.