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Reviews by Maria Guzman

Maria Guzman

Born in Topeka, Kansas, Maria Guzman is a big fan of stand-up comedy, Britpop, Hal Hartley movies, performance art, and documentary photography. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Art History from Ohio University, and is a Board Member at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. She moved to California in 2008, and has worked for the ACLU of Northern California, and volunteered at The Lab. In 2010, she organized the Heartland Feminist Workshops in her hometown.

Her writing is featured in an anthology about identity politics, Imagining the Black Female Body: Reconciling Image in Print and Visual Culture, and she is a contributing writer for the Ms. Magazine blog and a Senior Editor/Writer for Gender Across Borders.

You can follow Maria on Twitter @HeartlandFmnist. For more examples of her writing, check out Meep Press.

The Girl on the Train

Upon watching The Girl on the Train, it may not be immediately obvious that this is based on a real event: the 2004 scandal in which Marie-Leonie Leblanc fabricated an anti-Semitic attack by six Arab youth. In fact, the film’s lead character, Jeanne (Émilie Dequenne), seems like a typical teen in need of inspiration.

Video Slut: How I Shoved Madonna Off an Olympic High Dive, Got Prince into a Pair of Tiny Purple Woolen Underpants, Ran Away ...

Sharon Oreck has the career that any child of the ‘80s would envy. She has produced over 600 music videos, many of which defined the monolithic “MTV generation.” She has been nominated for Oscars, Grammys, Women in Film awards, and of course, MTV Music Awards (twenty total!). From 1984 to 2000, Oreck’s work was a model for the visual repertoire that shaped the collective imagination of teens around the globe.

Maria's Story: Twenty Years Later

Earlier this month, I saw a twentieth anniversary screening of Maria's Story: A Documentary Portrait Of Love And Survival In El Salvador's Civil War at The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco. Before attending, I had an abbreviated understanding El Salvadorian politics, and the subject of the documentary, Maria Serrano.

/\/\/\Y/\ (Maya)

A week prior to its July 13th release, M.I.A.’s new album, /\/\/\Y/_ (or _Maya), was made available streaming on the artist's MySpace page.