I have been waiting all summer to see Wadjda. Ever since seeing the trailer, I was immediately drawn to this story of a headstrong, rebellious young girl defying tradition in a conservative society. It might sound like a familiar theme but in this case, we’re talking about Saudi Arabia, one of the most restrictive countries in the world, in regards to women’s rights. Considering that women are not allowed to vote nor drive and any woman can be arrested for being in public with a man not related to her, the movie breaks a lot of barriers and is a rare glimpse into a very closed society.
Can you hear me now? That’s what Rhyme Like A Girl and my talented friend Nasambu are asking in their new video for In The Congo, to bring more awareness to the decades long conflict in eastern Congo that is fueled by the global demand for its minerals essential to our mobile phones, laptops and other electronics.
I love The Record Company. I first saw them at School Night at Bardot and they blew me away with their raw rock and blues. They just released a new video for their song This Crooked City and recently announced their 2013 tour which will start here in Los Angeles and take them through Canada. Catch them at one of their remaining shows in Southern California before they leave and download their EP Superdead for free here.