Friday, February 27, 2015

A People's History on the Summit

As part of the Struggle and Hope documentary project on Oklahoma's still surviving historical all-black towns, this video is about Summit, Oklahoma, right outside Muskogee, a church, its people and history. The town was a haven after the Civil War, struggled during the drug epidemic of the 1980s, but is now slowly reviving. Its often untold history keeps living though, through its industrious, accomplished and very proud residents.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Inspiration: Visual JournoArtist Moe Zoyari

Scrolling through my favorite Instagram #documentary hashtag, I recently discovered the work of San Francisco-based, Iranian raised Moe Zoyari (also Mohammad Kheirkhah, he uses different parts of his name for different circumstances), who excels in movement and moments in street photography, capturing colors and life as he travels to many countries and neighborhoods, mini-documentaries testifying to struggle and accomplishment, as well as music videos.

screengrab from the Moe Zoyari Instagram feed.

Zoyari, who now works for BBC and UPI, according to his bio, also excelled as a student, winning awards as he finetuned his craft.

Browsing through his website, I also quite enjoyed this mashup style music video for singer Mohsen Namjoo.


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