For the first time in four years, the acting categories of the Academy Awards are lily-white. It's a curious circumstance, since one of this year's Best Picture nominees, Selma, features a predominantly Black cast.
Look, I don’t think the Oscars are all bad. There are some good films nominated, for sure. I’m rooting for Selma as Best Picture and Citizenfour for Best Documentary. I bet Patricia Arquette will snag Best Actress for her excellent role inBoyhood and I like howThe Imitation Game centers its story around the destructiveness of homophobia and sexism. But... that’s pretty much it.
A 1985 Portland protest seen in new film Arresting Power has the same message as protests today.
While millions of Americans have recently turned out in the streets to protest racial bias in policing, some activists have been busily documenting those protests. Over the past four years, the three women team of co-directors behind new documentaryArresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland put together an 84-minute film that feels like an oral history of police brutality in one city.
A feminist protest march in August 1970, as seen in She's Beautiful When She's Angry. Photo: Diana Davies
Present day. Women and men wear red and boost signs bearing the message: DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS WOMEN. From the rally stage, a woman speaks into a microphone. “We should have the right to choose,” she says.