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Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders
With an unflinching camera and candid observation, this documentary follows four medical volunteers, ranging from fresh-faced newbies to battle-scarred veterans of the organization.
Film Review  June 11, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...The title makes explicit that this documentary takes the perspective of the volunteers of the humanitarian aid group Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which is perhaps wise: No one ever idealized the plight of victims of famine or genocide, but certainly some of us have been naively attracted to the combination of do-gooding and danger that defines volunteer work in geopolitical hot spots. Living in Emergency, then, is like a hard slap to the face: There is nothing remotely romantic about this grim depiction of two missions in Liberia and Congo in the mid-2000s..."

2016 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentaries – Program A
Let the voting begin
Film Review  February 5, 2016, by Josh Kupecki
"...David Darg’s “Body Team 12” follows Garmai Sumo as she, along with her fellow Red Cross workers, remove dead bodies at the height of an Ebola outbreak in Liberia. It is, more often than not, thankless work, as family members clash with the medical professionals, wanting to bury their loved ones who are bound for the pyres in order to stop (or at least quell) the epidemic..."

2016 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentaries – Programs A & B
The uproar over the lack of diversity at the Oscars may be grabbing all the headlines as awards season fully blooms, but there is plenty of diversity in the Short...
Film Review  February 5, 2016, by Josh Kupecki
"...The uproar over the lack of diversity at the Oscars may be grabbing all the headlines as awards season fully blooms, but there is plenty of diversity in the Short Documentary nominees, which – alas – showcase a spectrum of ways in which a society can marginalize, punish, and outright slaughter people of various ethnic backgrounds. David Darg’s “Body Team 12” follows Garmai Sumo as she and fellow Red Cross workers remove dead bodies at the height of an Ebola outbreak in Liberia..."

Spike Lee has his finger on our gun-crazy moment in history
Film Review  December 4, 2015, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Donned in camouflage hot pants, Lysistrata (Parris) leads the call to arms. Lee and Chi-Raq co-writer and producer Kevin Willmott (C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America) have fashioned their cri de coeur about the rampant and ever-increasing numbers of murders in the city of Chicago after Aristophanes’ comedy from 411 BC, Lysistrata, though also through the real-life example of Leymah Gbowee, whose 2003 sex strike in Liberia helped end that country’s civil war..."

The director of The Saratov Approach is back with another true Mormon epic
Film Review  April 10, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...This isn’t the case, thank God, with Freetown, the second feature from Mormon director Batty (The Saratov Approach). The film is based on the “true story” of six LDS missionaries unlucky enough to be preaching the gospel in Monrovia, Liberia, just as civil war breaks out in 1989...."

The Ambassador
With daring, gonzo filmmaking, this documentary film penetrates the blood-diamond trade in the Central African Republic.
Film Review  August 31, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...This time, Brügger disguises himself as a shady businessman who has purchased a black-market ambassadorship from Liberia to the CAR This could make a terrifically disturbing doc in its own right, but for this "ambassador" it's only the start. Armed only with his ever-present shades, a few tiny cameras to capture the action (or lack thereof), and his paperwork (or lack thereof, again), Brügger untangles a ghastly daisy chain of sleaze that extends all the way from the Republic's highest political offices all the way back to a seemingly complicit E.U..."

Pay To Play
Drafthouse Films' release 'The Ambassador' exposes corruption in the Central African Republic
Screens Story  August 31, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...This latest release from Drafthouse Films would make Joseph Conrad weep, as Brügger uses his freshly purchased diplomatic credentials to expose Africa's new heart of darkness – the foreign exploitation of the blood diamond fields of the Central African Republic. For Brügger, the strangest part of his adventure was that no one ever asked why a red-headed Dane was Liberia's consul to this embattled nation..."

Into the Valley of Death, and Back Out Again
Filmmaker and war photographer Tim Hetherington talks about his yearlong embed in Afghanistan
Screens Story  July 30, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...AC: How did your experiences in the Korengal Valley differ from the other conflicts you've covered as a cameraman for The Devil Came on Horseback (about Darfur) and Liberia: An Uncivil War?..."

Journey Into Clarity #83
For years he'd blamed his sister for destroying his comic book, a book worth over two grand today. Looking back at a painful memory brings Wayne Alan Brenner that much closer to understanding why losing that darned comic book at age seven meant so much.
Features Story  December 24, 1999, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...I was seven, she was four, we were living in an iron ore mining camp in the middle of the jungle in Mano River, Liberia, West Africa...."

Page One: Inside The New York Times
The slow death of print media and the often shambling efforts of newspapers to reinvent themselves is one of the main topics of this documentary.
Film Review  July 1, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...Carr first made a splash at the Times by thumping the nose of traditional movie awards season coverage as the Carpetbagger, and then shot to notoriety as the author of the memoir The Night of the Gun, in which he recounted his years grappling with addiction. Carr is a scrapper, all right – it’s a kick watching him stop an interview with Vice magazine’s snarksters in its tracks to bitch out a Vice guy for saying something flippant about the Times’ coverage in Liberia – and Carr, who started tweeting at 52, is the living embodiment of the collision of old media and new..."

Guilty Until Proven Innocent
Police dropped charges against AISD senior Mamadee Kamara – but that didn't stop the district from acting as judge and jury
News Story  September 25, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...Kamara was born in Liberia in 1992, and his family was tossed from country to country in the Nineties – from Liberia to Sierra Leone to Guinea – fleeing a chain of violent civil conflicts. Kamara, his brother, and his parents ultimately landed in a United Nations refugee camp, where they received the assistance they needed to come to the U.S..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  July 18, 2003
"...Hypothetically, how the Bush Administration might handle the situation in Liberia, if it had been their idea:..."

Columns  December 27, 2018
"...21 issue, Mr. Smarty Pants wrote that the longest path one could walk in a straight line without hitting a lake, sea, or ocean begins by heading eastward from near Shanghai, ending on the Atlantic coast in Liberia..."

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
Columns  December 20, 2018, by Mr. Smarty Pants
"...What is the longest straight line on Earth you can walk without getting your feet wet in a lake, sea, or ocean? Start in Shitangzhen, a Chinese coastal city just south of Shanghai, and walk east. Then arrive about six miles north of Greenville on Liberia's Atlantic coast..."

Five Recommended Austin Arts Events This Weekend
On the weekend before that SXSW thing engulfs us all, yes
DAILY Arts  March 2, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...2) The Ivory Coast and the more interior parts of West Africa may not be Wakanda, exactly – especially as Wakanda's in East Africa – but, tell you what, the riches of rhythm found therein are no less magnificent than the technological wonders of the fabled MCU nation. Senegal, Burkina Faso, Liberia, and neighboring places are where so many of the heartfelt beats of the entire world originated – and this Saturday afternoon you can experience them – and learn some of the methods yourself – at the Congo Square ATX drumming-and-dance celebration at The Vortex..."

Tenth and Final SXSW Artist List
Action Bronson, Talib Kweli, a Blaze Foley tribute, and 196 more
DAILY Music  March 1, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...Val Fleury (Monrovia, Liberia)..."

Soccer Watch
Sports Column  October 19, 2017, by Nick Barbaro
"...The U.S. got a hat trick from Tim Weah, son of former World Cup Player of the Year George Weah, who's currently in a run-off to become president of Liberia..."

Gale Theatre Company's TWENTYEIGHT
In this Afrofuturist drama by Tyler English-Beckwith, blacks labor to reach a safe space in space
Arts Review  August 10, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...These four laborers and the two others we meet in Tyler English-Beckwith's new drama TWENTYEIGHT are trying to finish a shuttle to carry them to the Liberian space station, an orbiting refuge for people of color in a time when life in the U.S. for them is even more oppressive and violent than it is now..."

SXSW Film Review: Cameraperson
Doc cinematographer reflects on work and reality
DAILY Screens  March 11, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...From places around the world and the U.S., Johnson’s accumulated images can initially appear like a randomly presented curriculum vitae. Clips from international trouble spots like Yemen, Liberia, Kabul, and Jasper, Texas, are mixed with footage from a boxing gym in Queens, semiotician Jacques Derrida in Manhattan, a pregnant teen in Huntsville, Ala..."

News Story  October 2, 2014
"...EBOLA ARRIVES in the U.S., via a Dallas hospital patient recently returned from Liberia, who tested positive for the virus after exhibiting symptoms several days after arrival. The patient and others in contact with him have been quarantined, and the virus is not expected to spread...."

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