Pandibulan: Bathing by Moonlight
"Pandibulan: Bathing by Moonlight” by Kinding Sindaw is a new dance work in which a woman from the southern Philippines, working as a caregiver in New York, rekindles her strength of spirit through the folklore and lifecycle rituals of the Yakan people of Basilan Island. Tales of her ancestors, stories of the sea, dazzling dreams of dragons who swallow the moon and magical struggles for the earth and sky at once sustain her and make her nostalgic for her village and home. La MaMa E.T.C. will present the work’s premiere April 22 to May 2 in its large Ellen Stewart Theater.
Kinding Sindaw (http://kindingsindaw.org), led by Potri Ranka Manis, is renowned for its majestic dance theater productions which recreate the traditions of dance, music, martial arts, storytelling, and oratory of the indigenous peoples of the Philippines. This piece recalls folklore from the Yakan people of Southern Philippines and is a unique interweaving of traditional Yakan tales with the contemporary issues of modern life for a caregiver with her feet on two continents.
New Documentary: Americans on Hold
Earlier this month the Department of Homeland Security announced new rules for international flights to the US. The DHS warned travelers to expect random screening measures in the check in and boarding process, including explosive trace detection, advanced imaging technology, dog teams and pat downs. The rules came after DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano spent 3 months coordinating with international representatives and assessing procedures in other countries. In announcing the new rules, Napolitano said they would "more effectively mitigate evolving terrorist threats." The shift may indicate an acknowledgment by the government that rules have been ineffective and prone to racial profiling. Since 9-11 civil rights groups have drawn attention to the disproportionate impact of these rules on South Asian, Arab and Muslim communities. This is the subject of a new documentary film called, Americans on Hold, produced by The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU's School of Law. Smita Narula, faculty director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU joins us.
Professor Smita Narula is a Faculty Director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) at NYU School of Law, and Associate Professor of Clinical Law of the International Human Rights Clinic. Narula directs the Center’s work on Racial Profiling and Counter-Terrorism, and is project director for the Center’s new film, Americans on Hold—a probing look at racial profiling in the U.S.’ national security and immigration policies.
A Thread of Sky: A Novel
When Irene Shen's husband of 30 years walks out on her, she says, Good riddance, only to learn hours later that he's been killed in a car accident. This compels Irene to reconnect with her three successful yet distant daughters, her quirky poet sister and her Chinese revolutionary mother by planning a two-week sightseeing vacation across Mainland China. With reluctance the three generations of women agree to the trip and so goes the story of A Thread of Sky, the debut novel by Deanna Fei, who joins us in the studio.
Deanna Fei is the author of A Thread of Sky: A Novel (Penguin Press, April 2010). She was born in Flushing, New York, and has lived in Beijing and Shanghai, China. A graduate of Amherst College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has received a Fulbright Grant.
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