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A Documentary That Allows Transgender People's Voices to Be Heard

Though gays and lesbians are gradually gaining more acceptance in Puerto Rico, the same cannot be said yet of transgender people. That is why a film like Mala Mala, a documentary in which trans people speak freely about their stories, is so important. The film, directed by Dan Sickles (@dan_sickles) and Antonio Santini, is on the official selection of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.

One of the people interviewed for the film is Paxx Moll, a chef who is also a transgender female-to-male. In an article published in La Respuesta, a digital magazine about the Puerto Rican diaspora, he talks to E. J. Dávila about who he is, his experience being part of the documentary, and about the lack of social and medical spaces for trans people in Puerto Rico, particularly for transgender men.

This is the teaser trailer for Mala Mala, which will premier in Puerto Rico in the coming months:

Haiti: “Excalibur of the Caribbean”

Machetes are ubiquitous and versatile…in the case of Haiti, machetes were common weapons in the struggle for independence.

Haiti Innovation blogs about a short film profiling a Haitian machete-fighting instructor.

Serbia Mourns British-Serbian Legend Timothy John Byford

Author, actor, educator, television and film director Timothy John Byford died in Belgrade on May 5, 2014, after a long illness. Born in Salisbury, England, Byford spent most of his life in Belgrade, where he moved in 1971 and later became a naturalized citizen of Serbia.

As news portal InSerbia reports:

He is best known for his children’s TV series: Neven (‘Marigold’), Babino unuče (‘Granny’s Boy’) and Poletarac (‘Fledgling’) (all for TV Belgrade) as well as Nedeljni zabavnik (‘Sunday Magazine’), ‘Musical Notebook’ and Tragom ptice Dodo (‘On the Trail of the Dodo’) (all for TV Sarajevo). ‘Fledgling’ won a Grand Prix at the Prix Jeunesse International Festival in Munich in 1980.

Byford marked the lives and childhoods of several generations in Serbia and other former Yugoslav states through his television shows and educational programs. His presence was also felt in everyday Belgrade life, where he once rallied to have Banjica Park protected because of its feathered wildlife, and the term “Byfordian accent” has for decades been a popular way of describing someone who speaks Serbian well but with a heavy English accent.

Byford was genuinely beloved by his vast audience and fellow Belgraders, which has been touchingly apparent on social networks since his passing. Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and local media have been adorned with praise and gratitude to Byford and his contribution to culture and happy childhoods in Serbia and other former Yugoslav states. Enes Dinić from Serbia was among those who recounted Byford's wise words on Twitter:

"Life is an adventure, if you live it courageously." R.I.P. Timothy John Byford

— Enes Dinić (@eniko_neno3) May 5, 2014

Japan's Citizen Media Meet at Mikawa Medifes 2014

第12回市民メディア全国交流集会 三河メディフェス2014のウェブサイトのスクリーンショット

Screenshot of the Mikawa Medifes 2014 website

Citizen media makers in Japan are gathering in the Mikawa region of Japan's Aichi prefecture this weekend for the 12th annual citizen media conference Mikawa Medifes 2014 [ja]. Dozens of sessions about civic media will be held at the Kariya City Cultural Center from May 3 to 5, 2014.

Themed in “the media near you”,  the conference counts the participation of local media makers such as Kariya's citizen broadcasting station Channel Daichi [ja] and community radio station fm838 [ja]. Participants will share their case studies and practices in areas such as film production, hyper-local media, online broadcasting, remixing newspapers [ja] and student-produced radio programs.

Over three days, the conference seeks to exchange ideas and information about the relationship between civic engagement and participatory media for the future.

The post was edited by L. Finch.

Documentaries from 29 Countries Are SIMA 2014 Finalists

SIMA 2014

These are films we want to watch!

37 powerful documentary films from 29 countries have been selected as finalists for the 2014 Social Impact Media Award (SIMA).

The stories are from: South Africa, Switzerland, Zambia, the UK, Russia, India, Israel, Chile, Western Sahara, the US, Lebanon, Cambodia, Syria, Burkina Faso, Romania, Somalia, Denmark, Jamaica, Greece, Palestine, Haiti, Bolivia, Italy, Nicaragua, Egypt, Kenya, Canada, Burma, and Costa Rica.

Global Voices is a community partner of SIMA 2014.

China: Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case


Another documentary about Chinese dissent artist Ai Weiwei has been released, following Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012). Beijing Cream has Hilary Chassé's review on the upcoming – Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case.

VIDEO: “Same But Different” Kids With Disabilities Tell Their Stories

Eight British children with disabilities and medical conditions tell their stories in Same But Different, an award-winning documentary by David Barnes. It is a collection of short portraits of children who describe their lives, their strengths and weaknesses.

Hong Kong Movie Star Boycotted by Mainland Chinese

The conflict between Hong Kong and mainland Chinese on issues such as birth tourism, shortage of infant formula milk and the recent child's pee and poo has continued to fermented. Mainland Chinese netizens are mobilizing to fight back. The latest move is to boycott Hong Kong movies star Chapman To, who has been vocal against mainland Chinese uncivilized behavior in Weibo. China Beat has the boycott story.

Colombia: Free Cinema Festival in Bogota

A festival of free cinema will be held on May 8 in Bogota. This festival has the precedent of three earlier versions held in the city of Barranquilla (the last one in October 2013). The festival's name will be New narrations for multiple screens.

Festival de cine CC - Bogotá bajo Licencia CC by 2.0

 CC Cinema Festival – Bogota under CC by 2.0 licence

You can follow the updates on their Facebook page, FestiCineCC Bogotá [es], visit their website [es] or be part of the event at the Cinemateca Distrital from 12.30 p.m.

Here you can read more about free content and Creative Commons licences.

Documentary About South Sudan National Football Team's First Coach

Roving Bandit reports about a new documentry titled “Coach Zoran and His African Tigres”:

A new documentary, about the first ever manager of the first ever South Sudanese national football team. His name is Zoran, and he swears like a trooper. It's an entertaining story, filmed in 2012 and set against the backdrop of some beautiful footage of Juba amidst the excitement and optimism of independence (in 2011). Particularly poignant due to the recent return to conflict.

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