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Heartist Film Beautifully Tributes Faroese Artist, Sigrun Gunnarsdóttir

In April 2023, Scandinavia House hosted a festival titled “Fog Swept Islands: Faroe Islands Culture Days,” celebrating the art, culture, and landscapes of this North Atlantic archipelago. The Faroe Islands are a group of islands located between Iceland and Norway and are a self-governing territory of the Kingdom of Denmark, with a burgeoning art and film scene.read more.

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14th Annual Athena Film Festival Honors Marginalized Voices

From February 29-March 3, Barnard College hosted its 14th Annual Athena Film Festival, celebrating the voices of female, nonbinary, and gender expansive individuals. As this is my second year attending the festival, if last year indicated the caliber of film, I looked forward to exploring what this year’s festival had to offer.read more.

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Jeanie Finlay’s Your Fat Friend Devours Anti-Fat Bias

When it comes to the multi-billion dollar diet and wellness industry, the emperor has no clothes. Foisted on a tenuous bed of lies that feeds on the insecurity of those living in modern day society, a hierarchy exists deeming some bodies more worthy of respect than others. Such is the driving force of Jeanie Finlay’s biographical documentary of Aubrey Gordon in Your Fat Friend.read more.

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About Ava DuVernay’s Film ‘Origin’ & Its Roots in the Book ‘Caste’

On a mild Sunday night in February I had the honor to sit down on Zoom with Mary Anne Knefel from our respective Brooklyn homes to discuss Ava DuVernay’s masterpiece film, Origin. Currently screening at select movie theaters, the film follows the epic research project of journalist and author, Isabel Wilkerson as she attempts to find the epistemological link between the treatment of Black people in the USA, Dalit people in India, and Jewish people in Nazi Germany.read more.

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Je’Vida and Shorts Break the Ice of Sámi Discrimination

This weekend, February 8th through 11th, marked the 6th Annual Sámi Film Festival, the fourth of which has been hosted by Scandinavia House in New York. Presented in partnership with the National Nordic Museum in Seattle, the festival highlights the stories and experiences of the Sámi communities in Scandinavia. read more.

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Museum-Goers React to Brooklyn Museum’s Showcase of Zines

From now until March 31st, 2024, if you walk through the Morris A. and Meyer Shapiro Wing on the 4th floor of The Brooklyn Museum, you will have the chance to see the exhibit, Copy Machine Manifestos: Artists Who Make Zines. Last weekend, I had the privilege to visit the historic collection of zines and even conversed with my fellow museum-goers about their first impressions of this expansive exhibit.read more.

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