—The mother of Ricardo Rodriguez
I’m currently working through a documentary series called The New Americans which follows a number of immigrants from different countries as they leave their homes and come to America. It is massive in scope, taking place over four years, and I think that if schools ever became progressive enough to have required viewings, and were progressive enough to chose the right films for required viewing, this would be mandatory.
So far in the series there is a family of Nigerian refugees, a Palestinian woman engaged to a Palestinian-American, and two Dominican teenagers hoping to make it into America by being recruited by a major league baseball team. The above quote is spoken right after one of the boys discovers that he has been selected to attend training in America, putting him that much closer to his dream.
It is a beautiful and moving work, and especially in the context of my upcoming project it is inspiring as I’ll get out. My film professor has mentioned to me numerous times that there are certain stories that are so compelling that the cinematography really doesn’t matter. This is one of those films, and if you watch it you’ll agree.
Get a hold of this. It is available via iTunes and is far more valuable than it costs.
A preview for an upcoming book about Polaroid.
—Jiro Ono, in Jiro Dreams of Sushi
—Jesse Rosten, in a tutorial about kinetic type
—The Tale of Despereaux