Emmett Till was my George Floyd. He was my Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland and Breonna Taylor. He was 14 when he was killed, and I was only 15 years old at the time. I will never ever forget the moment when it became so clear that he could easily have been me. In those days, fear constrained us like an imaginary prison, and troubling thoughts of potential brutality committed for no understandable reason were the bars. … [Read more...] about ‘In the last hours of my life, you inspired me’: Civil Rights icon John Lewis urged Black Lives Matters protesters to ‘redeem the soul of America’ and ‘answer the highest calling of your heart’ in powerful essay written just before his death
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Daniel Barber is the British film-maker who directed the urban thriller Harry Brown in 2009, with Michael Caine as a pensioner who takes on local thugs. His latest film (from 2014, getting a belated UK release) is a siege drama set towards the bitter end of the American civil war, written for the screen by the smart first-timer Julia Hart. Brit Marling and Hailee Steinfeld play two sisters in the south, Augusta and Louise, whose menfolk have all been killed; they live with their slave, Mad – a very good performance from Muna Otaru. These women are to come into traumatic conflict with two renegade Union soldiers, Moses (Sam Worthington) and Henry (Kyle Soller), crazed and bored with the horror of war. This is an intriguing slow burner of a film, whose pace sometimes decelerates to an almost Bergmanesque adagio: it’s beautifully photographed by the German cinematographer Martin Ruhe. However, I felt it didn’t come fully to dramatic life, and nothing in it quite lived up … [Read more...] about The Keeping Room review – intriguing, absorbing American civil war drama
‘Dr Charles-Fidelis’ concerns regarding the way in which the officer spoke to her were upheld by the Inspector investigating the complaint and dealt with by asking the officer to reflect and consider the way he had initially engaged with her after she had been distressed by the incident. … [Read more...] about ‘I feared for my life’ Black civil servant who was ‘racially profiled’ by police tells how she was stopped after her white van-man neighbour accused her of trespassing on his drive while jogging and chased her through the streets
His emaciated, terrified face became an icon of the Bosnian civil war. When Fikret Alic was filmed at a Serb-controlled prison camp 10 years ago this week, the world watched in horror. As he stared at the ITN cameras through the barbed wire fence at Trnopolje, Alic prayed that the pictures would prompt Western governments to act and end the bloodshed. … [Read more...] about He was the face of Bosnia’s civil war – what happened next?
This is in contrast to Mr Gove's remarks following Lord Bramall's death, when he told LBC: 'It was shameful how he was treated in his last years. Action does need to be taken in order to ensure that those who were responsible for putting him and his family though misery face the consequences.' … [Read more...] about Fury as Met police chief Lord Hogan-Howe who oversaw bungled ‘Nick’ inquiry into VIP paedophile ring is handed Government job advising ministers and civil servants about Brexit and coronavirus