western perspectives


Films by or about people of colour directed by women*

Some notes on the list:

  • This list is non-exhaustive.
  • The movies I counted as “starring” poc of colour have at least 1 poc as lead or co-lead.
  • I respect the fact that some people do not want to see movies about poc as told by white women and have separated these movies accordingly.
  • Some of the directors who are woc who have directed the movies starring woc are not the same race as their casts.
  • What counts as a woc in the western world is not what is necessarily counted as a woc in the countries that those women are from. I have created my international list based on my own western perspective.

Directed by American WOC starring POC

Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash)
Mississippi Masala (Mira Nair)
I Like It Like That (Darnell Martin)
Eve’s Bayou (Kasi Lemmons)
Girlfight (Karyn Kusama)
Love and Basketball (Gina Prince-Blythewood)
Real Women Have Curves (Patricia Cardoso)
Saving Face (Alice Wu)
Something New (Sanaa Hamri)
Mississippi Damned (Tina Mabry)
I Will Follow (Ava DuVernay)
Pariah (Dee Rees)
Yelling to the Sky (Victoria Mahoney)
Middle of Nowhere (Ava DuVernay)
Mosquita y Mari (Aurora Guerrero)
Peeples (Tina Gordon Chism)
Selma (Ava DuVernay)
13th (Ava DuVernay)
Losing Ground (Kathleen Collins)
Appropriate Behavior (Desiree Akhavan)
Farah Goes Bang (Meera Menon)
It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (Emily Ting)
Songs My Brothers Taught Me (Chloe Zhao)

Directed by WOC starring white people
The Republic of Love (Deepa Mehta)
D.E.B.S. (Angela Robinson)
Vanity Fair (Mira Nair)
Jennifer’s Body (Karyn Kusama)
Last Night (Massy Tadjedin)
The Invitation (Karyn Kusama)
Equity (Meera Menon)
Shake It (Hella Joof)

International WOC
Sugar Cane Alley (Euzhan Palcy) Martinique
Salaam Bombay! (Mira Nair) India
Double Happiness (Mina Schum) Canada
Fire (Deepa Mehta) Canada/India
Earth (Deepa Mehta) Canada/India
Monsoon Wedding (Mira Nair) India
Bollywood/Hollywood (Deepa Mehta) Canada
Bend it like Beckham (Gurinder Chada) UK
Water (Deepa Mehta) Canada/India
Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud) France
Heaven on Earth (Deepa Mehta) Canada
Belle (Amma Asante) UK
The Second Mother (Anna Muylaert) Brazil
A Simple Life (Ann Hui) Hong Kong
Wadjda (Haifaa al-Mansour) Saudi Arabia
Dil Dhankande Do (Zoya Akhtar) India
Still the Water (Naomi Kawase) Japan
Sweet Bean (Naomi Kawase) Japan
Blackboards (Samira Makhmalbaf) Iran
At Five in the Afternoon (Samira Makhmabaf) Iran

Directed by white women starring POC
Portrait of Jason (Shirley Clarke) documentary
Black Panthers (Agnès Varda) documentary
Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston) documentary
S'en fout la mort (Claire Denis)
Mi Vida Loca (Allison Anders)
Whale Rider (Niki Caro)
Frida (Julie Taymor)
Itty Bitty Titty Committee (Jamie Babbit)
Things We Lost in the Fire (Susanne Bier)
35 Rhums (Claire Denis)
The Wedding Song (Karin Albou)
2 Days in New York (Julie Delpy)
Girlhood (Céline Sciamma)
Honeytrap (Rebecca Johnson)
The Fits (Anna Rose Holmer)
Wuthering Heights (Andrea Arnold)
American Honey (Andrea Arnold)
Ayanda (Sara Blecher)

*I know people will want to add onto the list and I appreciate that, but before you do please check whether a film is directed by a woman. This blog and list is in support of women directed or co-directed films. Please respect that. 

Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain
Meditation's benefits may derive from its impact on the shape of the brain, thickening parts associated with mind-wandering, memory and compassion, and shrinking the fear center

Read this. It explains the science of how the brain changes from meditation and it is fascinating to read about one of the pioneers of studying this from a western perspective. Brilliant woman. 

As a black person and as a third-world person … I don’t have my own narrative in this medium, which is cinema. Since the discovery of cinema others have been the one telling the story. … A Native American could redo all the John Wayne westerns from a different perspective. This is what we don’t have, we don’t have our own visual history. So being a filmmaker for me was also trying to save part of our memory, part of our images, part of our stories. I saw it as one of the responsibilities to have to make sure that we are not totally dead in the picture.
—  Raoul Peck, director of I Am Not Your Negro, with Terry Gross

anonymous asked:

I think you're correct in saying that from a Japanese perspective it's left open for people to interpret it. It's just, the hetero couples in Yoi are treated with that explicit romantic language. "kissy photos" "will you marry me?" Why aren't Yuuri and Victor? I think the frustration people are having is that (from a western perspective) Kubo's consistent vagueness seems like a giant "no homo" to us. I don't think on purpose. I just wish I could write her a letter on lgbt rep in media. haha.

I don’t think it’s a problem with Kubo as much as it’s a problem with Japanese society in general. Unfortunately, there are still many homophobic people here who are ready to be grossed out by an anime if it clearly shows homosexual relationships without being labeled as “BL” (therefore already targeting a certain kind of audience).

To make an example, YOI is currently having an important collaboration with the city of Karatsu (on which Hasetsu was based on) and the whole Saga prefecture. A photo and a greeting by the prefectural governor are even featured on the main page. Would this have happened if the series had featured an explicit romance between Yuuri and Victor? I’m not sure. If it had, well it would have been fabulous because it would be a huge step forward in the acceptance of LGBT as something normal, but it feels to me very utopian considering the current state of the matter in Japan.

Since an anime is entertainment but it’s also business, it would be counterproductive to insert a delicate element that might open 2 doors but close other 10 for the future of the series, and possibly affect the proceeds. I understand the point of view of Western people because I’m Western myself and totally support equality, but I also understand the reason creators might not want to risk when they have in their hands something like YOI, that is trying to attract all kinds of viewers and not only girls and/or people who are ok with LGBT themes. It’s a complex matter…

I still think they did something revolutionary though, because even though it’s never stated out loud you can clearly see that there’s something between Yuuri and Victor, and (as the creators also said) they have chosen some very strong depictions to portray their bond, which is why it doesn’t look like “your usual queerbaiting”. Homophobes can still hide behind the statement “it was never explicitly confirmed”, but the creators aren’t denying anything, so shippers have all the rights in the world to see them however they like.

Ten Horses in Spring Mountains (春山十駿圖) by Xu Beihong (徐悲鴻). Handscroll (ink and color on paper). 

Pioneer of the Chinese ink-and-wash artistic style (水墨), Xu Beihong (1895–1953) was primarily known for his depictions of horses and birds. Among the first artists to advocate exploration of new artistic expression reflecting China’s modernization, Xu used epic Chinese themes as inspiration in multiple works. 

Xu began studying Chinese painting at age nine, and throughout his life, he participated in institutions of art academia around the world. His travels in Europe allowed him to observe Western painting techniques, leading to his combinatory style of traditional Chinese brush and ink motifs and Western perspective and methods of composition. 

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High resolution posters of two Indigenous Queers taken during the Long Walk/forced removal/ relocation of the Diné to an internment camp located near Bosque Redondo, New Mexico in 1866. As with all our posters, feel liberated to print out and wheatpaste at will!

The photograph shows two Diné Nádleehí (translation: “the one is changing”), which is the equivalent to Indigenous Queer identity in contemporary culture. It is accompanied by text that challenges Western perspectives on homosexuality by asking the viewer to imagine the pre-“history” of terms and issues that have become relevant to contemporary Queer culture. In this case, it inserts an Indigenous narrative prior to genocide, colonization, health epidemics, and forced assimilation to Western notions that include but are not limited to gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, same-sex marriage, queer history, and romanticization of nature and masculinity/male identity.

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An ending (?) note

Just in case people get lost in the older reblogs,

this is what I was attempting to say from the beginning. And I’m really sorry if it sounded otherwise. Clearly I need to work on wording myself better so hence why this is happening:

Yes. White people cosplaying western poc characters is wrong. Because western media seriously needs to work on it’s diversity, and it under-represents poc. The U.S, specifically, is working on this and the progress is super slow, but it is happening and that’s fucking amazing.

That being said, the issue is, to me, a bit more complex beyond the perspective of western media. Specifically I’m looking at something like anime which is extremely popular around the globe and is cosplayed by all races, even if the characters are ethnically japanese. It’s my understanding that this is okay which I’m confused about. And I’ll continue bringing up this particular point because I feel it’s important and worth discussing and dissecting. I have yet to run into any asian (even more specifically japanese) person that takes issue with white people cosplaying ethically japanese anime characters and if they do I’ll gladly hear them out. I’m not a good person if I’m not willing to listen to the people those shows represent. That’s their media, it belongs to them, they get to make the rules.

That being said, I am speaking as a white person. And while I’ve heard the experiences and held discussions with POC cosplayers that I’ve befriended over the years irl, what they tell me is only from their perspectives, and that isn’t the same as every poc cosplayer out there. 

Again I’m sorry if my wording led you to believe that I think white washing is okay. It isn’t. It’s wrong. I’m sorry if I led you to think otherwise, and I’m sorry if I did hurt anyone that follows me/ looks at my blog. I have no clue if I did but I’m sorry. And if I did please message me so I can properly apologize, because you deserve that.

anonymous asked:

Another Asian anon here! Not gonna lie but sometimes it's painful to read criticisms from Western countries, saying the show is not progressive enough. I'm not saying they cannot have a say on this matter, but can they at least do some research before saying something? It seems to me people expect them shouting I love you and kiss. And no

yeah, i imagine it must be. i always want to be careful throwing around “cultural context” without any background of what that “culture” is, and i think sometimes you get questions like “at what point can we overlook xyz” that are really fair and important questions. but going at that from an entirely western perspective is… not the way anyone should be doing it. especially on social issues and development, which usually need to be viewed with the lens of very relevant historical and political contexts. westerners deciding what constitutes progressivism in asian media without much thought or discussion from asian sources is definitely something that shouldn’t be happening, and i can certainly sympathize as to why that would be hurtful. 


this is something I drew to unwind when I wasn’t feeling good, there’s something fun about drawing stationary and objects rather than humans sometimes!
this is from a westerner’s perspective so it definitely isn’t accurate to what a japanese highschooler in 2011 would have so please bear with me and my ridiculous headcanons and 5-minutes-an-item doodles
but oh boy do I love souji and I hc that he carries and picks up a lot of random shit he might think is useful or interesting and is always prepared with snacks and first aid stuff and he has very neat handwriting and a love for nice stationary and does bullet journaling-type stuff in a planner
not a whole lot of ingame items nor everything I could think of because designing objects is hard and I had to draw the line eventually

anonymous asked:

Yeah I come from an Asian family not Korean but I always realise similarities in culture like honourifics and the language structure if you're older you're more respected don't get me wrong in England there's respect towards the elderly but it's like different i can't explain it here but there's more emphasis on age. The taekook feeding thing seemed split for me. I'm born and raised in England but I have south Asian heritage, my parents. The feeding people is a thing we do in my family 1/?

And it something my friends families do too. It a sigh of love and is often the elders feeding the young to show their love and affection. In my family we usually do it at birthday and probably only then. But occasionally on other special occasions. I look at the moment and I see affection between two people. If that’s from my western perspective of it or my eastern one. In moments like these I question how much does my lack of Korean culture and traditions affect what I see 2/3

However I also think that if it is a cultural thing you still can’t deny the love. Taehyung is still showing his love for kookie he’s taking care of him because he’s graduated. I wanted to know ur perspective on how you think You knowledge or lack of affects what u see?3/3 AK xx Andy-fighting

i’ve seen a lot of people feeding one another, even as relatives or friends, because people do it quite a bit in romania. i’m not the type of person to feed someone unless they’re my significant other tbh. but, from and outside perspective i think it was just an act of love in either form. it could of been a hyung looking after his dongsaeng or it could of been something else. i don’t know. i think it was really sweet that they shared the food with one another and feeding each other is just an added bonus tbh. 

Honestly, what is France’s problem with telling Muslim women how to dress? It doesn’t say freedom to me at all. Forcing someone to wear less in order to be allowed to participate in an activity is as oppressive as requiring them to wear more. You’re not taking a step forward, you’re going backwards by alienating people of different cultures from your own and ostracizing Muslim women in particular. A ban on their bathing suits isn’t going to make them dress in something more “conventional” from a western perspective in order to accommodate your bigoted sun tanning ass on the beach. They’ll simply not be able to go swimming out in public now. Congrats on taking the ocean away from someone who was minding her own business, accepting of the fact that you like to sunbathe topless, and continuing with her day. You have achieved absolutely nothing positive at all and you certainly didn’t “liberate” anyone.

anonymous asked:

What pet name would Seido use for their s/o?

//I’m assuming you want the old Seidou line-up. Also can you tell I organized them by their jersey numbers??? Yes??? No??? I’m such a weeb. Also this was kind of hard for me since in Japan people don’t really profess words of love??? I made these from a western perspective, excuse me. - Admin Aiko

Tanba would probably use hon, or honey or any other type of alternate spelling. I can see his parents using this nickname and thus, he also uses it to kind of ‘keep on the tradition’. I can also see him calling you this in response to you beginning to address him as ‘anata’ which is sort of like ‘darling’ or ‘dear’ in Japanese. You two would be the married couple of the team. 

Miyuki would probably use heartbreak but he’d only use in in an ironic or teasing way, generally when you dress up super nice for him or do something extra cute. However most of the time Miyuki would much prefer to use your actual name for true intimate situations because it’s more personal and direct.

Tetsu would use a shortening of his s/o’s given name without a suffix. This is actually big deal in Japanese culture, not using the suffix, and it shows deep closeness. I can’t really see Tetsu being a pet name sort of guy considering that, like Miyuki, he would enjoy the intimacy the use of one’s name gives, so a very typical shortening of the first name would be the farthest he would go.

Ryosuke would use kitten and I say this because I assume Ryosuke has an s/o that’s shorter than him. Ryosuke is used to being the shortest and at times, maybe even being picked on for being small. Having a cute s/o would mean he wants to give them a cute nickname and thus, kitten. Plus I feel like that would sound really good with his vocal lilt. 

Masuko would use pudding. I’m so sorry. I had to. I couldn’t resist. It would be pudding and I don’t even need an explanation for why. 

Kuramochi would use love or lovely. It rolls off the tongue nicely and has a sort of ‘delinquent’ twang to it, which kind of fits with Mochi’s past. Plus it’s a very versatile nickname: it can be said in a suave tone, or a loud, boisterous tone, or a crooning, affectionate tone. Perfect for Mochi and his wildly changing moods and vocal volume. 

Isashiki would use babe or baby. This is very classic and Isashiki would have probably picked it up from American romcoms or other junky romance shows he watches. Plus it sounds very casual and goes with his ‘tough guy’ look that he pulls off. I can see him calling you babe and slinging an arm, possessively, around your shoulders. 

Kawakami would use a very typical Japanese nickname, probably shortening his s/o’s name and adding a ‘cute’ suffix such as -cchi, -chan, or -rin, depending on the name. Imainge how adorable this would sound coming from him in dying just thinking about it 〜( ̄▽ ̄〜)

Furuya would not use a nickname. I’m so sorry, I wrecked my brain trying to think of one that he would plausibly use but I just can’t think of anything. Furuya is very stunted emotionally, so expressing his love through a nickname would be too much for his tiny child brain. However he’d call you by your first name, and his varying emotions could be identified by how his voice sounds when he’s saying it. 

Haruichi would use sugar or other food-based nicknames. Like with Ryosuke’s, I assume that Haru would have an s/o that’s shorter than him, and thus, his s/o would be quite tiny. He would really enjoy making cute nicknames to fit such a cute person and would probably come up with a new one every couple of days, eliciting an entirely new blush from you each time. 

Sawamura would use terrible nicknames that the upperclassmen convince him into using like ‘sweetheart’ or ‘schnookums’. It would be so bad, you would get so embarrassed, but eventually you’d laugh it off together and just go with the flow. Like, even though it’s horrible and you’re just like “no no no stop Eijun, stop” you’d know that he’s trying his hardest to show his love and honestly, with him, it’s the thought that counts. 

Chris would use my love. It’s personal, it’s romantic, and it fits with his quiet tone of voice. He’d only use it when he knows nobody else can hear. It’s his own personal gift to you. He’d say it when you hug him in the morning, or when he comes up behind you, placing one hand on your shoulder and kissing your cheek, and it never fails to make you blush. 

okay but here’s the thing

Going through the sense8/kalang tag and like I hate when they say Kala has a typically story line. what is typical about BADASS MOFO KALA DANDEKAR. If anything her story lines is definitely different then the typical take on eastern culture in regards to her relationships and gender roles. Sense8 i think beautifully captures eastern culture at least from a western perspective without dramatizing or over exaggerating. However when I hear people say “Oh how typically, she’s a pharmacist, not in love with who shes expected to marry and the weakest of the four women.” FIRST OFF, HOW IS SHE WEAK?!?! Every member of the sensates contributes to make a perfect whole, each contribute a skill necessary to carry out their plans. None are inferior to the others. In regards to the women. Yes, Nomi is strong, she uses her hacking capabilites. Yes, Riley is strong, she had the will to carry on giving birth to her child, leave her dead husband behind and treck through blizzard conditions to save her child and never leave her, and she found the will to get her and Will to safety ultimately saving the other sensates. Yes Sun is strong, she uses her fists and her quick wit. All strong in their own way. AND YES KALA IS ALSO STRONG IN HER OWN WAY. Gosh she even said it in episode 12 when she literally helped saved Wolfgang. “I might not use my fists like Sun, but I can still fight.” AND YA KNOW WHAT SHE DOES. She makes bomb/grenade out of spices! SPICES! Which she would have know how to cause A) She’s a pharmacist and B) Her culture. Also when she contributed to helping Riley wake up so Will and her could haul their asses out of that hospital. So don’t tell me Kala is weak. Also god bless the Sense8 writers for displaying a perfectly normal and naturally brought on interracial relationship, cause frankly we need more of those on screen. CAN I TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE KALA AND WOLFGANG. I don’t think there is enough time in the world for me to tell you. Now tell me how that is typical of women such as Kala. She cares for this man, has genuine attraction to him, and they are perfect opposites for each other. So when someone  says Kala is typical or she is weak, pls.

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.

This is an incredibly comprehensive article, written from a Western perspective, and I implore you to read it. Take your own conclusions away from the piece, as I know I didn’t agree with everything the author had to say.