"I see human beings as transcending politics, as transcending everything. Everything that falls under the shadow of humans and respects humanity is acceptable to me, including politics.
Where problems begin to arise is when their positions become switched. For instance, ideology ascends, and humanity falls below ideology, or politics are on top and humanity takes a lower position. When the places are switched in this way, then human beings are categorized, divided"
- Oscar-winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, Interview with Vox
Filmatique would like to commence this week with a simple thought exercise— instead of the systematic failure of our media culture to promote diverse perspectives, what if responsible cinema was the predominant voice? What if our President who, among other things, is obsessed with TV, was predominately exposed to narratives that are culturally, politically and socially-minded? To narratives that promote diversity? To narratives that chronicle a way of life historically underrepresented by mainstream discourse?
As a tribute to the Muslim Ban, Filmatique is actively seeking films from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Sudan available for US digital distribution.
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