Author: Hipolito

15th SEEfest Announces Month-Long Run July 15 through August 16, 2020

For immediate release                                                                   Contact SEEfest at info@seefilmla.org & phone inquiries at: (213) 290-5453 15th SEEfest Announces Month-Long Run July 15 through August 16, 2020         Los Angeles, 7 July 2020 – The 15th annual South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) (seefilmla.org), initially scheduled for a Spring slot and postponed due to the covid-19 pandemic, announced today the official 2020 dates and a month-long run July 15 –...

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Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshimi: An Unexpected Experience

By Polo Munoz, Managing Editor/Publisher “People always ask me how I hold on to my culture, that’s easy. I live it every day by the food I eat, the languages I speak, the place I pray and the company I keep.” When I heard this on the third episode of “Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi, I realized why this show was connecting with me so much and why I just watched all episodes in 2 days. Taste the Nation feels deeply authentic and the connection she has to the folks that she shares moments with, is very touching....

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ZANA – SEEfest 2020’s Opening Film on Screening Room

By Staff The opening film of this year’s SEEfest competition, which takes place online due to covid-19, is ZANA, a remarkable debut by filmmaker Antoneta Kastrati, about a Kosovar woman’s struggles to reconcile the expectations of motherhood with a legacy of wartime brutality. Actress Adriana Matoshi superbly portrays the anguish and heartbreak of her post-war life, haunted by her long-suppressed past and pressured by family to seek treatment from mystical healers for her infertility. The online viewing is made possible by SEEfest’s distribution partner, Synergetic, which has already acquired the U.S. rights for the film. Watch this great movie,...

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#JUNETEENTH 2020

By Polo Munoz, Managing Editor/Publisher Recognizing Juneteenth should be just the beginning of our education into the pain black folks in the US have suffered and continue to suffer. We celebrate their gifts with them every minute of the day, the music, the literature, the art, and the fashion. However, in many cases, many who enjoy their gifts are also a cause of their pain. There is no way to ignore that most of us can never really feel the systematized physical, emotional and spiritual violence that has been designed to denigrate, dehumanize and paralyze this beautiful community from...

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The Diversity Conundrum in Business.

By Polo Munoz, Managing Editor/Publisher Achieving diversity has been a “challenge” for all corporations because they do not see the value of including the perspective of the “others” and their deeply embedded beliefs that their primary “customers” will not accept the vision and guidance of those that do not look like them. Or the founders were racists, and were accepted as quirky because they launched a product that sold successfully. Most importantly, they feel that their target customers are enough to make them financially profitable and will sustain that profitability. A guiding principle in businesses is to know who...

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