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Fariha Roisin
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Fariha Roisin has written for IndieWIRE, Filmmaker Magazine, QuipMag and the Film Society of Lincoln Centre. She mainly writes film and culture criticism and has a podcast called "Two Brown Girls" where she discusses sexism and race and their respective implications on popular culture. Follow her on twitter: @Mofafafafa

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These Birds Walk: A Profoundly Important Documentary

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 9:59 AM

"If we broke our parent's hearts, would they forgive us?" This line echoes through this child, a young boy barely eight, emaciated as children often are in the shots that are fed to us of the developing world. His face is droopy, filled with a resistant kind of hope, yet...

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Anita Hill, the Powerhouse Woman

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 4:39 PM

In an era where sexual harassment in the workforce was hardly a cause for complaint, Anita Hill defied the social constraints of the time by asserting her rights and doing what was necessary for herself and for society at large. Acting as a true sociological documentarian, director Freida Mock brings...

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The Hammer Takes Shape With Pussy Riot

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 3:43 PM

"Art is not a mirror to reflect the world, but a hammer with which to shape it," says the opening quote to the film Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer. The line, from the Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, suggests that art is an act of dissidence, and therein dissidence creates a...

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape (and Lindy West)

(2) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 3:52 AM

Hi, I'd like to share a story. Once in New York I watched a comedy show where the last and headlining comedian made a barrage of rape jokes to much of the male audience's approval. Afterwards two of my (female) friends and one of their boyfriends talked about the set....

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What's My Body Got to Do With It? Body and Beauty Standards and What Lena Dunham Is Doing for It All

(16) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 11:03 AM

A friend of mine casually emailed me the other day. He told me how he was coming to New York and how he was wondering if I'd introduce him to some of my lady friends. Though not quite the Emma Woodhouse matchmaker, I figured that I'd happily oblige. However, it...

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Tamil Poet Salma and Her Extraordinary Rise to Success

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 10:32 AM

I have a Southeast Asian Muslim background. However, I am undoubtedly also a child of the West. I was surrounded by a culture far removed from that of my parents, and a generational privilege that meant that life was far different for me than it was for my mother, her...

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