No One Would Buy My Photos, So Here They Are For Free: Mosul 2017

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No One Would Buy My Photos, So Here They Are For Free: Mosul 2017

Kainoa Little is a Shoreline, Washington-based conflict photographer who was in Mosul in April and May 2017, documenting Iraqi forces as they fought Islamic State militants to liberate the city.

Kainoa explains that "I tried and failed to find newspapers and wire services who would purchase my photos. But the soldiers had fed me and given me a seat in their Humvees, and the refugees had tolerated my presence on some of the worst days of their lives. They very rightly expected that I would tell their story."

So here is their story.

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Girls can't be what they can't see

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Girls can't be what they can't see

This brings me so much joy. Fantastic work by Young and Rubicam. The Whole Story Project is an innovative, timely and incredibly smart project. New York's Central Park is home to 29 statues of men and 0 of women. London's Parliament Square is populated by 11 statues and 0 commemorate women. In response to this blatant lack of recognition and the contribution of women in the world of sciences, arts, exploration and general progression Young and Rubicam devised a stellar project to ensure that women co-exist (albeit in augmented reality statue form) along their male counterparts. Utterly magnificient work. You can also add a statue to the map so if there are any women in your area that you would love to celebrate get designing and join the campaign/project.

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Hollywood's Last Survivors

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Hollywood's Last Survivors

A series of remarkable films produced by The Hollywood Reporter.  Over seventy years ago, the Holocaust ended. At the moment of this production's online publication only 11 people who lived through it remain from the world of entertainment. In their video testimonials, Oscar winners, actors, Dr. Ruth and even Judy Garland's hairstylist tell their personal stories, filled with hope and horror, as their themes of genocide, discrimination and displacement continue to resonate today. A very impacting and emotionally-charged watch.

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From Farm To Table

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From Farm To Table

From farm to table.  It's how to live, it's how to eat. Chef Melissa Kelly describes how 'We feel we are stewards to this land'........ It's an enviable life and one that appears time-intensive with a demand for a love of food, nature and disciplined work. As Kelly notes "We have to give back so we can continue to thrive and grow." Check out Heritage - an online resource documenting the back stories of several of America's finest chefs.

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Goodbye Aleppo

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Goodbye Aleppo

Goodbye Aleppo is a documentary from BBC Arabic which focuses on four young citizen journalists who in December 2016 film themselves and each other as the battle for Aleppo rages around them. Revealing their daily life in East Aleppo they film in extremely dangerous and life-threatening situations, trapped, bombarded, and encircled with many civilians under siege. It's a war that has witnessed no respite but bloodshed on a horrific and unrelenting level.  This film will be screened in London's Frontline Club at 7pm on Wednesday 26 July 2017.

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The Road To Mandalay

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The Road To Mandalay

Life as an illegal immigrant. From the log line supplied on IMDB The Road To Mandalay relays the story of two Burmese immigrants who flee civil war to build a new life in Thailand.  Directed by Midi Z who hails from Shan State and was educated in Taiwan, its trailer alone indicates this will be an emotional watch.

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Sierra Leone's female surfer

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Sierra Leone's female surfer

A Million Waves by Louis Leeson and Daniel Ali focuses on Kadiatu Kamara, who is the only female surfer at Bureh Beach, south of Freetown—and, it is claimed, the only female surfer in Sierra Leone. Magically filmed with an evocative soundtrack, it's a wistful and poetic portrait.

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