On Rape and Neocolonialism

[Published in Counterpunch, 1 January, 2013] “Today I believe in the possibility of love; that is why I endeavor to trace its imperfections, its perversions.” ― Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks In the United Kingdom 400,000 women are sexually assaulted and 80,000 are raped…

An Afternoon With Harry Belafonte

[Part of this interview was published with The Huffington Post, 17 October, 2012] I caught up Harry Belafonte at a press conference at the Locarno Film Festival.  Mr. Belafonte spoke eloquently about the very important role that art plays in politics, his roots in social activism, music…

Two Filmmakers Discuss Their New Movie, and the Meaning of “Independent”

[Published in The Huffington Post, 6 September, 2012] I met up with directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine, 2006) in Locarno, Switzerland after the screening of heir latest film.  Ruby Sparks (2012) portrays a young novelist, Clive (Paul Dano), whose writer’s block leads…