This week we feature two documentary film makers from South Asia creating media about social outliers, and social justice issues.
First we have a LIVE call in all the way from Mumbai : Anand Patwardhan is a documentary film maker based in India who’s films focus on themes such as the nuclear arms race, the treatment of dalits, and patriarchy and religion. Today he joins us on the phone to talk about media consolidation in India and how it affects our ability to disseminate information and critique the government.
Then, we’ll hear from an interview with director Saad Khan about his new movie about LGBT Pakistanis, called “Hide And Seek” and we also hear about his new upcoming project on Pakistani showgirls, that is, women on the stage and in theater.
Hosted by Salima Hamirani
Posted in Art and Culture, arts culture entertainment, Film, Media
Tagged Anand Patwardhan, documentary, India, LGBT, Media consolidation, Pakistan, Saad Khan, showgirls
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On tonight’s show we spotlight the inspiring Grace Lee Boggs’ life and work through a new documentary, “American Revolutionary,” about this amazing legend.
In the second half, we look at the Indian state and its new tactics to be a surveillance state through a discussion with two Indian activists Xonzoi Borbora and Dolly Kikon, about a newly issued report by the Indian Intelligence Bureau, that clamps down on freedom of speech and any form of public resistance.
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According to the U.S. Census Bureau 22.5 million people in this country are self employed, and the percentage of adults starting a new business venture hit an all time high in 2012. A closer look at the statistics shows that women of color and immigrants are a big catalyst behind this growth. Tonight we’ll look at these trends, as well as provide practical tips for You, our APEX listeners. In studio we’ll have an exciting lineup of experts and entrepreneurs including Bay Area authors Meg Mateo Ilasco and Cat Seto, authors of “Mom, Inc” to share their tips for the DIY economy, and how to make your creative passion your livelihood. The second half of the show we’ll be talking with a panel of local Asian American business owners who have toiled behind the scenes to launch three successful enterprises that also position community building and social consciousness as core to their business models. Cafe Gabriela: Penny Baldado Back to the Roots: Siddharth Sanghvi 25th St. Collective: Hiroko Kurihawa We’ll be taking calls from YOU, our listeners, to get advice from our experts. The number to call in is 510-848-4425! And we’ll also be looking at why NOW and why the Bay Area. How can local business drive a healthy economy, create jobs, and hold social justice at its core?
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Tonight we air part two of a special series honoring the life and legacy of civil rights leader, activist, and Asian American movement pioneer, Yuri Kochiyama.
We share with you Yuri’s thoughts on African and Asian solidarity across the globe, her intimate recollection of Malcolm X’s murder, and we also hear more from the youth and the up and coming generations that she has inspired.
Tune in tonight for:
- A rare interview from the Pacifica Radio Archives recorded in 1972, where Yuri shares her memories of the day Malcolm X was assassinated
- Tributes from youth leaders from AYPAL (Asian Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership)
- An interview with Adriel Luis, curator of digital and emerging media at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and creator of Folk Hero, an online exhibit featuring art that celebrates Yuri’s life through grassroots art
- A sharing from Yuri Kochiyama’s daughter, Audee Kochiyama-Holman, about what it was like to grow up in the Kochiyama household
In September 2001, Japanese Americans in the Bay Area organized a peace vigil in San Francisco’s Japantown to speak out against racist scapegoating and knee jerk reactions to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. This is Yuri Kochiyama’s eloquent speech at the rally.
Photo by Patrick McDonald
Yuri Kochiyama dedicated her life to cross cultural solidarity, and the rights of political prisoners. One story that exemplifies her commitment to both struggles was her work with the Young Lords in New York. Karl Jagbandhansingh produced this documentary in 2009 for the First Voice Apprenticeship Program when Yuri was 88 years old about her memory of working with the Committee to Free the Five Puerto Rican Nationalists by occupying the Statue of Liberty in 1977.