We saw Massive Attack perform on their tour celebrating the 20th (or so) anniversary of their most critically acclaimed album, Mezzanine. The band played all the songs from the album, as well as—well, but wait, that would be spoiling it for people who are going to see the tour. So listen to the episode to find out more.
We saw Shanawdithit, a new opera produced by Tapestry Opera and Opera on the Avalon, about the woman who was long considered the last Beothuk. She is also the main source of what little we know about the Beothuk, an indiginous people of Newfoundland who were the victims of ethnocide.
We saw Buddha in Africa (Nicole Schafer, 2019), a documentary that looks at an orphanage in Malawi, run by Taiwanese Buddhists. The film focuses on one interesting young man, Enock, who has grown up learning kung fu and wanting to be the next Jet Li. But now that he is becoming an adult, will he head off with his classmates to Taiwan for university, or stay to find his roots in Malawi?
We saw Leftover Women (Hilla Medalia & Shosh Shlam, 2019), a documentary now playing at the Hot Docs Festival. This movie follows several women in China who are facing pressures—from family, from friends, from society, and from the government—because now that they are in their late 20s and early 30s, they are in danger of being considered “too old” to be married.
Chris, Lochin, and Kirsty explore their reactions to the movie after the screening. How does it compare to the pressures we’re more familiar with for young women to get married? How did it get such intimate shots? Is anything getting lost in translation?