Video: A Joan Miró-inspired Animation of Federico García-Lorca’s “Romance Sonámbulo”

Beautiful poem. I was skeptical of the animation’s relevance at first, but it came together for me.

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Winner of a dozen international awards in 2016, “Sonámbulo/ The Sleepwalker” is a fantastic dream journey through colors and shapes inspired by the poem Romance Sonámbulo by Federico García-Lorca. The film is directed by Theodore Usher and features music by Kottarashky. Usher says that he was also inspired by the paintings of Lorca’s contemporary, the Spanish painter Joan Miró.

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Here’s an English translation of the poem:

Romance of the Sleepwalker

by Federico García Lorca

Green, how I want you green.
Green wind. Green branches.
The ship out on the sea
and the horse on the mountain.
With the shade around her waist
she dreams on her balcony,
green flesh, her hair green,
with eyes of cold silver.
Green, how I want you green.
Under the gypsy moon,
all things are watching her
and she cannot see them.

Green…

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Video: Best of Luck with the Wall

Cool piece. Reminds me of Stan Brakhage’s “Mothlight.”

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What would 2,000 miles of a US-Mexico border fence actually look like?

The US-Mexico border fence, a major topic in the 2016 US presidential race, is a sprawling structure winding across some 2,000 miles between San Diego in California and Brownsville in Texas. It is also roughly two-thirds incomplete. Best of Luck with the Wall, an imaginative, dizzying short documentary that uses 200,000 satellite images downloaded from Google Maps, makes clear the sheer magnitude of the US-Mexico border, and the mindbogglingly massive challenges any full border fence would face in separating the two countries. The documentary is a collaboration between The Intercept, Field of Vision and the US internet artist Josh Begley.

Read an interview with director Josh Begley here.

Music by Jace Clayton (DJ/rupture)

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Joshua Dubois: What the President secretly did at Sandy Hook Elementary School

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Below is an excerpt from The President’s Devotional by Joshua Dubois, the former head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He’s recounting events that occurred Sunday, December 16, 2012 — two days after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and 6 adult staff members. Dubois had gotten word the day before that the President wanted to meet with the families of the victims:

I left early to help the advance team—the hardworking folks who handle logistics for every event—set things up, and I arrived at the local high school where the meetings and memorial service would take place. We prepared seven or eight classrooms for the families of the slain children and teachers, two or three families to a classroom, placing water and tissues and snacks in each one. Honestly, we didn’t know how…

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Video: Stand Up / Stand N Rock

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Although the Army Corps of Engineers has denied the easement, the CEO of Dakota Access Pipe Line has announced that when Trump takes office, work on the pipeline will be renewed. The Water Protectors have won an important battle, but the war continues.

This evocative video directed by David Lee and produced by HipHopCaucus features Taboo and Shailene Woodley.

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