What does this infographic tell us?
Racism is institutional.
Breathe In (2013) is a truly fascinating drama from Drake Doremus (Like Crazy) that, while treading in familiar territory, brings new life to the subject. The film is lead (and improvised) by Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones, who have some pretty insane chemistry going on here. But the star of the film is truly Drake Doremus’s direction, as well as the cinematography and score.
It’s the story of an eighteen year old transfer student coming to stay with what seems like the perfect family, and the disruption her arrival causes. In one of the first shots, you see a copy of Jane Eyre in her trunk, appropriate given the tone of the film. It feels like a contemporary retelling of a classic gothic romance, substituting the governess for an exchange student, of course. It comes out especially in the scenes handling sexuality; nothing is ever explicit, but the way it’s shot makes the image of fingers touching feel like an intensely private, sensual moment.
If you’re looking for a strongly acted and beautifully shot family drama, I would recommend this film. It may not redefine the subgenre, but there’s definitely something here.
Entirely agree with the above review. The film was full of subtleties. The acting was superb. It was gorgeously shot and the tension was exquisitely bittersweet til the end.
Nov. 18 2013
Champagne. Cumbia music. Street parties. The Chilean student leaders who upended their nation’s political agenda in 2011 with dozens of street protests on Sunday transformed their activist power into a mini bloc of student activists. Four of the young students - Giorgio Jackson, Camila Vallejo, Karol Cariola and Gabriel Boric - won congressional offices and will take seats in the Chilean Congress in March.
"We have battled for some time for our ideals for what we think Chile deserves and the transformations that Chile needs," said Vallejo, the 25-year-old former student body president as she celebrated on Sunday evening in Santiago. "It has been a long fight to open up the [political] spaces to win this via the elections process and the street fight. In those two environments we have advanced and won."
"It is time for big changes in the economic model and the political system," said Vallejo, who first came to fame as the charismatic leader of massive street protests calling for free university education for all Chilean students. "The right wing is in the Intensive Care Unit. You can see it in the polls and in the streets," said Vallejo. "They are unleashing pure propaganda in an attempt to salvage the low turnout they maintain. It’s sad … they could have taken the high road and formed a serious debate and a discussion about political platforms."
With four student leaders now holding power in Congress and tens of thousands of students ready to march and protest for free and quality public education, Chile is now recovering the spirit of community organizing long smashed by the Pinochet dictatorship.
In peaceful and clean campaigns using thousands of college-aged volunteers, the four young leaders are still stunned by their victories. Giorgio Jackson, the former Catholic University student union president, sprayed champagne into the crowd. Then, a few minutes later, as he prepared his first press conference with CNN, he was seen dancing in the hallways while rock music blasted around him. As he grabbed a beer and leaned out the window, the crowd roared, and the jubiliant street party continued below. In Chile, the balance of power has shifted.
"Our country has started to live a new [political] era … as youth and student leaders we were the protagonists of this new political era," said Karol Cariola, a 26-year-old nurse who came to fame during her organization of student protests in 2011.
"We are part of this social movement that shook up and awoke this country. In some ways it is necessary that we arrive in Congress to shake up a Congress that has been tremendously hermetic and conservative over the years." Asked about the agenda for the young leaders, Cariola, cited free university education, tax reform, a full overhaul of the Pinochet-era constitution and reform of election laws that are tailored to protect pro-Pinochet right-wing political parties.
Congratulations Chile! I am sure the student congress representatives will meet a myriad of challenges and provocations, but this is nevertheless an immense step.
Bulgaria, watch and learn. We grew up as the kids of the “transition era” and now that our country is going back to communism, dare I say fascism, we need political leaders who represent our struggles and know what needs to change.
During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies.
A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy.
Mission fucking accomplished
Okay so I love this but it doesn’t cover the half of why the design is awesome and actually borders on making sense.
It wasn’t just that they didn’t want to smell the infected and dead, they thought it was crucial to protecting themselves. They had no way of knowing about what actually caused the plague, and so one of the other theories was that the smell of the infected all by itself was evil and could transmit the plague. So not only would they fill their masks with aromatic herbs and flowers, they would also burn fires in public areas, so that the smell of the smoke would “clear the air”. This all related to the miasma theory of contagion, which was one of the major theories out there until the 19th century. And it makes sense, in a way. Plague victims smelled awful, and there’s a general correlation between horrible septic smells and getting horribly sick if you’re around what causes them for too long.
You can see now that we’ve got two different theories as to what caused the plague that were worked into the design. That’s because the whole thing was an attempt by the doctors to cover as many bases as they could think of, and we’re still not done.
The glass eyepieces. They were either darkened or red, not something you generally want to have to contend with when examining patients. But the plague might be spread by eye contact via the evil eye, so best to ward that off too.
The illustration shows a doctor holding a stick. This was an examination tool, that helped the doctors keep some distance between themselves and the infected. They already had gloves on, but the extra level of separation was apparently deemed necessary. You could even take a pulse with it. Or keep people the fuck away from you, which was apparently a documented use.
Finally, the robe. It’s not just to look fancy, the cloth was waxed, as were all of the rest of their clothes. What’s one of the properties of wax? Water-based fluids aren’t absorbed by it. This was the closest you could get to a sterile, fully protecting garment back then. Because at least one person along the line was smart enough to think “Gee, I’d really rather not have the stuff coming out of those weeping sores anywhere on my person”.
So between all of these there’s a real sense that a lot of real thought was put into making sure the doctors were protected, even if they couldn’t exactly be sure from what. They worked with what information they had. And frankly, it’s a great design given what was available! You limit exposure to aspirated liquids, limit exposure to contaminated liquids already present, you limit contact with the infected. You also don’t give fleas any really good place to hop onto. That’s actually useful.
Beyond that, there were contracts the doctors would sign before they even got near a patient. They were to be under quarantine themselves, they wouldn’t treat patients without a custodian monitoring them and helping when something had to be physically contacted, and they would not treat non-plague patients for the duration. There was an actual system in place by the time the plague doctors really became a thing to make sure they didn’t infect anyone either.
These guys were the product of the scientific process at work, and the scientific process made a bitchin’ proto-hazmat suit. And containment protocols!
this was on ghost adventures imjustsayin
A photo by Liu Heung Shing, featuring a young couple hiding beneath a bridge in 1989 when Beijing had been placed under Martial Law.