From Buildings to Blockbusters: Indian Filmmaker Prarthana Joshi on Her Unconventional Career Path

With a background in architecture, Prarthana Joshi never imagined she would be an award-winning filmmaker today. Since graduating from the New York Film Academy with a Master’s degree in filmmaking in 2013, she has worked on over 70 projects in different capacities. Her films have been screened at festivals all around the world, including the…

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Almost Empowered: Reclaiming Feminism in a Not-So-Inclusive Space

Sarah Everard was taken minutes from my home on a street I drive down multiple times a week and have walked down more times than I can count. Her abduction and murder, and the movement that has followed, have been sobering and we are all too aware of how easily it could have been one…

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Under The Rug: What the Sexual Abuse Scandal at My High School Can Teach Us About Womanhood

Featured Illustration: Nadezda Grapes Trigger Warning: The following article describes a sexual abuse scandal at a high school in Toronto, Ontario, and how it reflects the much bigger cultural problem of sweeping abuse under the rug. . . . “Be careful about being alone with him.” I was fifteen. It was one of the first…

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Hasnain Ali: Producing Opportunities

Featured Image: Yekaterina Gyadu Hasnain Ali is a Pakistani-American Muslim actor and producer from Queens, New York. He has been in short films, web series, TV series, and feature films such as the 2017 romantic comedy Irritable starring Aaron Dake, Stefanie Bloom, Jessica Barrish, and more. Ali’s love for acting began when working in finance.…

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An Artist’s Reframing of the Past

On first viewing, Jody Paulsen’s textile collages displayed against the bright yellow walls of the SMAC Gallery in Cape Town appear to be a joyful celebration of life. I am drawn towards them, wanting to touch the multiple layers of felt, recalling childhood games and crafts. On closer examination though, I recognise deeper references to…

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I May Destroy You’s Snub Is About More Than Just Race

Early this month, the final selection for this year’s Golden Globes was announced. The nominations were some of the most notable films and television shows that encapsulated our screens in 2020 like The Crown, Schitt’s Creek, and so many more.  Among those nominated was Emily in Paris, a Netflix series following a young girl’s journey…

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Side Effects

Featured Image: Hanifa Abdul Hameed Over the sewing machine Among the steady hum  Of the needle gliding into the fabric I hear  ‘Ladkiyon ko zyaada nahi parhaana chahiye Unki soch badal jaati hai. Ladkiyaan zyaada parh leti hain Toh bahu banna bhool jati hain.’   Girls shouldn’t study too much Their way of thinking changes…

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Of Kulfi and Kajals: How One Beauty Brand is Bridging the Gap Between Tradition and Innovation

Featured Image: Badal Patel Kulfi Beauty is as sweet as it is disruptive. While inclusivity is necessary for any industry, this upcoming NYC-based beauty brand is set on exploring something more — self-reflection and celebration. Through intentional storytelling, Kulfi boldly confronts colorism, classism, and patriarchal norms that have been historically embedded within the South Asian…

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