On My Mind (10/09/2018)

 

“This film delves into the radical history of Britain’s first black bookshop which was founded by John La Rose and Sarah White in 1966. As well as creating a much-needed space for black communities to access and publish their own literature, it helped support important campaigns such as the Caribbean Artists Movement, the Black Parents Movement as well as playing a pivotal role in the historic Black Peoples Day of Action.”

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Natas Kaupas

“In 2003, On Video’s Winter edition delved into the life and influence of Natas Kaupas. Several of your favorite pros, photographers, and industry heads weigh in on how Natas’ appeal shaped their view of skateboarding. The first wallrides, breaking the handrail barrier with Gonz, and of course that fire hydrant. Strictly brute.”

Visual Mixtape 1.0

“The hidden compartments of household ephemera are seldom discussed among family members. Parents hide the material relics of their individuality, in secret alcoves. And kids know exactly where to find these objects. Collections vary: It can be a hidden stash of pot, a series of love letters from an old boyfriend or in this case of this film, a small collection of VHS pornography.”

 

“On the southernmost shore of Oaxaca lies the Punta Cometa peninsula, a rocky cape that juts out into the Pacific Ocean in the shape of a cowboy boot. It is a destination popular with tourists, who flock to the region for its spectacular views of the sunset. But to locals, Punta Cometa is known as Cerro Sagrado, or Sacred Hill. Here, people live and die by the rhythms of the sea—keenly attuned to its ebb and flow, ever-captivated by its mysteries.”- Emily Buder via. The Atlantic

 

“Some inmates in the Maryland state prison system are hoping to make their lives after prison better by working with retired racehorses. The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation has found homes for the horses at correctional facilities where inmates are trained as grooms. The prisoners benefit from learning new skills as well as the compassion and patience it takes to work with the horses. Studies have shown that programs like these help decrease the likelihood that an inmate will return to prison.” – National Geographic

 

“Murray Siple’s feature-length documentary follows a group of homeless men who have combined bottle picking with the extreme sport of racing shopping carts down the steep hills of North Vancouver. This subculture depicts street life as much more than the stereotypes portrayed in mainstream media. The film takes a deep look into the lives of the men who race carts, the adversity they face and the appeal of cart racing despite the risk.”

“Once a year, the Gulf’s best off-road racers and up to a 100,000 of their fans flock to the UAE desert for the Liwa Sports Festival. During this nine-day explosive dune bashing celebration, competitors push themselves and their heavily modified engines to their absolute limits, trying to break drag race speed records and conquer one of the world’s largest sand dunes, the Tal Moreeb, known as “the hill of horror.””