I’m not famous but I’m Aromanian is the first Aromanian movie ever. Aromanians are a Latin, Romanian, people and they speak Aromanian, which shares many features with modern Romanian.
Unfortunately, Aromanians aren’t treated equally everywhere and are being assimilated by the Greeks, Albanians and Macedonians (and let’s be fair: by Romanians). That means the language is going to disappear… and that’s exactly the subject of I’m not famous but I’m Aromanian.
This film could be something really special for Europe and her Aromanians. A vanishing people in the Balkans, immortalized on film.
Abed Rabo Jedua inspects damage to his olive trees, which were destroyed by Israeli settlers, in the West Bank village of Tuqu’, November 25, 2013. The vandals were escorted by Israeli soldiers as they destroyed some 60 Palestinian-owned olive trees in the latest state-sanctioned ‘price-tag’ attack on Palestinian property. (Photos: Ryan Rodrick Beiler / Activestills.org)
Beili Liu - The Mending Project (2011)
"…Hundreds of Chinese scissors suspended from the ceiling in a shimmery cloud. The piece involved the artist sitting at a small black table, hand-mending patches of fabric together which visitors were encouraged to cut themselves near the entrance. As the performance continued, the piece grew as one continuous cloth and lay spread on the floor.
The hovering mass of the downward-pointed scissors represent the distant fear and looming violence present in today’s cultural climate. The sharp blades above the artist are put in contrast by the silent and simple act of mending. The dichotomous result of the instant fear superimposed with the calming effect of the sewing created a surreal atmosphere in the room.”
Ladakh (meaning ‘land of the passes’) is a cold desert in the Northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is divided into the mainly Muslim Kargil district and the primarily Buddhist Leh district. The people of Ladakh have a rich folklore, some of which date back to the pre- Buddhist era.
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“Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential.” — Junot DíazEver since I saw this quote I’ve been thinking about my favorite fantasy franchises like Star Wars, and how they function in entirely white worlds while depending on racial tropes and stereotypes in order to build that world. For example, the Jedi Knights very clearly draw from Buddhist philosophies, and yet they are almost all played by white men.Another striking example though is the costuming of Padme, played by Natalie Portman, in the newer SW movies.For example:
This exquisite and elaborate regalia is based directly off off Mongolian royal attire, pictured below:
I mean they weren’t really trying to be subtle about it. They just assumed, as most white people do, that nobody watching Star Wars would care or know enough about Asian cultures to notice.
This exquisite hairstyle is also borrowed from a POC culture, specifically an NDN one.
The above image is titled simply “Hopi Girl” and was taken by a white male photographer named Edward S. Curtis who obviously didn’t care to differentiate his subjects with names. The Hopi nation is based in the Southwestern United States.
I was at the Rijksmuseum yesterday and they had a pretty fantastic pair of Namban screens in their Asian Pavilion. I took as many closeups as I could before a tour group pushed me out of the way, but once I got back to my hotel I found out their website has two fairly high-res images of them you can zoom in on.
Anywho, here are the closeups I took. Feel free to curate them as you see fit. The information placket at the museum described them as being from c.1600-1625. In addition, it explained that the two Japanese men seen in the third image near the Jesuit priest are Japanese Christians, identifiable by the fact they’re holding prayer beads.
Here are the links to the high-res images on the museum website:
I’m reformatting these so people can really appreciate both the amazing artwork and your photos! You submitted so many, I’m going to make them into multiple posts. It’s really difficult to find decent photos of Nanban Screens, since apparently a lot of museums and curators do not seem to think they’re very important?
Personally, they’ve rapidly become one of my favorite forms of art.