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VHS vs. Communism

I was raised in Romania in the 1980s, under a Communist regime that, among countless repressions, reduced television to two hours a day of dull propaganda, traditional music, patriotic poems and censored films. One day when I was 6, my parents found a way to borrow a VCR. They invited their friends, and all night they watched grainy VHS tapes of Hollywood B-movies. I remember the films, but more so I remember how I felt when I stepped into the living room — like walking into a secret, magical and free world.

All the dialogue on these movies was dubbed into Romanian in a husky, high-pitched woman’s voice. Throughout my childhood, these films provided a glimpse into the forbidden West, resplendent with blue jeans, Coke and skyscrapers. As Hollywood movies became ubiquitous through the black market, this voice became one of the most recognizable in Romania. Yet no one knew who she was.

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The Record Breaker

The Runners

Art for the sake of Art

Two videos and two people that use art for similar reasons but with completely different approaches.

Pixel Painter

Pardon My Dust

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The Beach Captain

The Photo Man

Mark Kologi has collected and sold literally millions of forgotten personal photos of complete strangers.

High on the job

Richard

Interesting character with a unique perspective. I wish it was less stylized, it feels like there was an invisible wall between the subject and the viewer.

Errol Morris ESPN Team Spirit Film

Interesting subject. The Morris style almost seems to be fighting with the subject matter.

Vice – RENEGADE JEWISH SETTLERS

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THE VICE GUIDE TO KARACHI

If You’ve Never Been to Karachi, You’ve Never Been Killed

This is incredible ballsy journalism. Mingling with some of the most dangerous people on this planet in one of the craziest, most violent cities with an educated, skeptical commentary to round it off. The top video is part one of 5. The rest are below.

Caine’s Arcade

This video from start to finish will make you happy. People chasing after their dreams is always a strong story but when it is a little boy building his own arcade out of cardboard, you have reached some type of nirvana in storytelling.

The Story of Keep Calm and Carry On

What a lovely way to tell a story!

Doubt

On Assignment

So well done.

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