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Who is Dayani Cristal?: Searching for the Identity of a Migrant

Migrant travelers found near the U.S-Mexico border are seen as bodies, not as humans. There are only two types of people: John Does’ and Jane Does.’ This is what led Director Marc Silver and Actor/Filmmaker Gael García Bernal to travel the journey of one unfortunate migrant found dead and alone in the Arizona Desert, just a 20 minute car ride from Tucson. ‘Who is Dayani Cristal?,’ encompasses the struggles that many migrants devoted to making it to the “promise land” face. Through his family’s own words and the movements of Bernal, a narrative is formed in finding the identity behind ... Read More
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Long Islander Turned Social Media Intern

Laying in bed, scrolling through pages of intern and job opportunities, with my mom’s voice in my head, “A degree is great, but not enough. You need real work experience.” This is how I spent most of my semester; stressed. Many of my friends searched for the highest paying internships, or the job with the shortest commute. However, I was looking for an opportunity that would allow me to use my education in Public Relations and Latin American studies in order to make a positive impact on the world, no matter how big or small. Growing up in a relatively ... Read More
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The Cove: Taiji hunt

When you think of dolphins you typically don’t think of their meat or them being a food source. You probably think of them as beautiful, intelligent marine life and associate them with fun aquariums and Flipper. In the small town of Taiji, Japan, thousands of dolphins are brutally tortured and slaughtered each year. To the people in this town a dolphin sadly symbolizes the hunt which is considered a tradition and a source of meat and income for the people.  The Cove is a film investigating the truth behind the barbaric hunt and the town of Taiji, which has many secrets that are ... Read More
Gasland

Gasland: Hydraulic Fracturing’s Impact on Earth

Gas companies are now offering to pay homeowners up to $100,000 to drill on their properties. This can be a pretty enticing offer and has caused many people in the United States to oblige. However, what if that meant your own tap water was murky and polluted? What if you or your family began experiencing unexplainable illnesses? How about your livestock and vegetation dying off due to pools of toxic waste – is this worth any amount of money? Gasland was released in 2010 and Gasland II in 2014. These films have made a large impact in just a short amount of time. They helped spark ... Read More

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