Written by: Shreya Seth
Film Review: Abu
The camera is a beautiful device that succinctly captures and retains all that our restless vision and cramped memories cannot. However, it might seem to be losing its charm in a world that is predominantly obsessed with capturing everyday life, not with the intention to retain or revisit, perhaps to abide to a false sense of self- portrayal and self-validation. Amidst these changes, Arshad Khan's documentary 'Abu' comes as a refreshing take on personal life told primarily through a camera that is not a mere intruder or an object that prompts one to alter their expressions or mannerisms, but one that captures an individual with all their idiosyncrasies, devoid o...
Written By: Senex
Illustration: Avijit Ghosh
A brief analysis
When we look at the current status of immigration (migration and refugees), we are looking at a fairly complex picture. All of them have one thing in common, that is the movement of people from one territorial entity to another on a permanent or a semi-permanent basis. Such movements of people in significant numbers occur for various reasons. Most common and historic reason is economic. For millenniums humans had been nomadic hunter gatherers and moving in search for food and water was a way of life. Agriculture changed that and a revolution took place around the world some 10 to 12 thousand years ago and gradually the majority of them settled down. This in turn gave value, both economic and sentimental...
Written By: Senex
Illustration: Multidimension Source
Part One - History and problems
Immigration is such a late 20th century word and concept. Quite a meaningless one in the world before WWII but has gained much currency since. The most important reason for that was the end of colonization. Before colonization human migration was an eternal phenomenon since the dawn of time. Classical anthropology tells us that man in his current form evolved in Northeastern Africa some 200 to 350 thousand years ago and some 70 to 80 thousand odd years ago started migrating out of his continent of origin and spread across the planet in every possible direction. Some of these journeys took tens of thousands of years and hundreds of generations, covering distances that today take a...