“Human Flow”: a film by Ai Weiwei

For a film with ‘flow’ in its title, the only surprise in this superlative documentary is that the most powerful images are those of stillness. An old refugee woman sits incongruously on a bench in the middle of nowhere. A young man stares out at us, daring us to enter his life. The implacable sea,…

“Hatred and Pity”: James Baldwin in “I Am Not Your Negro”

Anyone interested in race and civil rights needs to see this film. It’s based on thirty pages of notes┬ácompiled by James Baldwin for a book about the most famous of the slain martyrs of the Civil Rights movement: Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers. The book was never written. “I Am Not Your…