Darling is only ten years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world. In Zimbabwe, Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo’s belly, and grasp at memories of Before. Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the school closed, before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad.
But Darling has a chance to escape: she has an aunt in America. She travels to this new land in search of America’s famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are perilously few
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“Vacations are usually brief enough that, even as they begin, you feel them stir and blow away. The impossibility of clutching holiday-time provokes melancholy and pleasure alternately, revealing the true nature of wistfulness, and laying ground for hearty laughter. Mr. Hulot’s Holiday is defined by nothing if not this sort of wistful mirth. Director-comedian Jacques Tati takes his famous bumbling character, Mr. Hulot, on holiday to a charming sea-resort in the month of August, and finds a little French bourgeoisie convent, ripe for gentle mayhem. Hulot tries his best to be a proper gentleman, yet he radiates and inspires chaos by nature. He can’t seem to make friends, except with duffers, scamps, and a beautiful young woman, the dame of the beach. She grins at Hulot because one can do nothing else, yet his stodgy peers still find ways (amusingly) to grant him the evil eye with a passion. For my part, I’ll let Hulot teach me how to get on with my days off—with wistful pleasure.”
Focusing on the Gamboa de Baixo neighborhood in Salvador’s city center,Black Women against the Land Grab explores how black women’s views on development have radicalized local communities to demand justice and social change