The Capitol riots, Black Lives Matter and troop withdrawals in Afghanistan, focus in December on iwonder
As we approach the end of a year again characterized by COVID-19, in this December’s highlights, iwonder brings together a selection of documentaries that delve into some of the other most defining global events of 2021.
Despite news emanating from all corners of the world, it is once again difficult to look beyond the United States for the issues that have dominated the past 12 months, with the Capitol Riots, Black Lives Matter and the withdrawal of the United States. troops from Afghanistan, all leaving an indelible mark on our vision for the past year. This month, iwonder takes a closer look at each of those themes, starting with HBO Documentary Films’ production, “Yusuf Hawkins: Storm over Brooklyn,” new to iwonder starting December 1.st.
Then, in this month’s iwonder What Top Five, we cast our reflective net further, taking a closer look at everything from COVIDs and cruise ships, to the new era of space exploration and the urgent issues addressed at COP26.
See you in 2022.
Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn
#Crime #Justice #Black lives matter
Launch on December 1
New to iwonder in December, ‘Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn’ tells the story of a black American teenager who was shot and murdered after being trapped by a group of white youths in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, in 1989. The The incident shocked New York and the country, resulting in long-standing racial tensions finally reaching a boiling point, as protesters and counter-protesters took to the streets where the crime took place.
With the conviction and conviction of former cop Derek Chauvin in June of this year for the murder of George Floyd, which lit the fuse of the Black Lives Matter movement which continued to make headlines for much of this year, Yusuf Hawkins’ story is a reminder of the progress that remains to be made globally to eradicate racism and fight racial inequalities.
#Afghanistan #War #Law and order
August 30e, 2021, the United States officially completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan, ending a 20-year military presence, which had already ended two weeks earlier, on August 15.e when the Taliban reasserted control over the nation.
As the world watched in fear as many questioned the fate of Afghans, especially women, under the harsh Taliban rule, an American woman who knew well what it was to fight for freedom and justice in this troubled country was Kimberley Motley, the subject of “Motley’s Law”.
Kimberly left her husband and three children in the United States to work as a defense lawyer in Kabul in 2008, becoming the first foreign lawyer to appear in Afghan courts. Human rights cases and troubled expatriates motivated her to stay, but personal threats, including grenades thrown in front of her offices, and general conditions in the country, made it increasingly difficult for Kimberly to continue her move. job.
#USA #Trump # Elections
January 6the, 2021, the United States experienced one of its darkest days in living memory, when a group of Trump supporters, spurred on by the ex-president’s tirades, stormed the Capitol , wreaking havoc that resulted in the deaths of four people. It marked the frantic final days of a turbulent presidency that exposed some of the ugliest cracks in American society and deepening divisions between political left and right.
Pardoned by Donald Trump in one of his last acts as president, the leading figure of the alternative right, Steve Bannon, had considerable influence in setting up the former president on his way home. Blanche, after serving as chief strategist for the 2016 campaign. Interviewed by Oscar-winning documentary legend Errol Morris (The Fog of War, The Thin Blue Line) for the American Dharma documentary, Morris presses Bannon for his controversial views, exposing the inner workings and beliefs of a man with a dark and disturbing view of American politics and society.
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January 6, 2021
Democracy itself came under attack just days after the start of the new year, when a rally in support of President Donald Trump proved deadly, as thousands of protesters stormed the Capitol building. the United States. Unprecedented chaos in the nation’s capital began at noon on Wednesday at a “Save America” rally where Trump urged his supporters to march to Capitol Hill, where Congress was meeting to certify Joe Biden as the 46th President of the States. United. From there, rioters overpowered security and stormed the building, looting offices and forcing lawmakers to flee in panic. As chaos resulted in the sad deaths of four people, this day will be long remembered as a dark episode in America’s proud history.
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Yusef Kirriem Hawkins was a 16-year-old black teenager from eastern New York who was gunned down on August 23, 1989 in Bensonhurst, a predominantly Italian-American working-class neighborhood of Brooklyn. After Hawkins, his younger brother and two friends were attacked by a mob of 10 to 30 white youths, one of them, armed with a handgun, shot Hawkins twice in the chest, killing him . Hawkins’ death was the third murder of a black man by white crowds in New York City in the 1980s. The incident led to a torrent of racial tension in New York City in the days and weeks that followed, culminating in to a series of protest marches in the neighborhood.
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2021 around the world
COVID-19, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, space exploration, climate change and tensions with China, all come under close scrutiny with this month’s selection of top five documentaries, touching on some of the hottest themes and events. most common in 2021 around the world.
1) Billion Pound Cruises: Everything at Sea
# COVID-19 #Travel #Global
This documentary tells the story of how the world’s biggest crisis in living memory brought the lucrative multibillion-dollar cruise industry to its knees and crippled hundreds of ships around the world for six extraordinary weeks. He also explores the role of cruise ships and the spread of the virus, and asks if the well-being of passengers and crew has always been a priority.
2) Gaza Surf Club
# Israel Palestine # Freedom #Politics
Trapped in “the world’s largest open-air prison” and ruled by war, a new generation is drawn to the beaches. Fed up with the occupation and the political stalemate, they find their personal freedom in the waves of the Mediterranean – these are the surfers of Gaza.
3) How China Got Rich
#China # Geopolitics #Tensions
In the space of just 3 decades, China experienced the greatest population lift out of poverty in human history. How China Got Rich looks at the astonishing story of how an impoverished and backward Communist country became the engine of global capitalism that it is today.
4) fly like a girl
#Space #Gender #New Horizons
Currently dominated by men, the private industry space race has reached new heights in 2021 with a host of spaceflight companies launching their billionaire owners into orbit. From a Lego-loving young girl who includes female pilots in her tiny planes to a brave woman who has helped lead space shuttle missions, Fly Like a Girl tells the stories of girls and women who have also dared to aim higher.
5) Anote’s ark
# COP26 #Climate #Politics
The Pacific island of Kiribati is a beautiful and tranquil place, seemingly far from the pressures of modern life, but it is one of the first countries to face one of the most perilous side effects of industrialization. : sea level rise. With the promise and frustrations of COP26 still fresh in the minds of the world as we rush to avert climate catastrophe, Anote’s Arch serves as a poignant warning to the world. world over the cost of failure.
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