Linda Stirling Unmasked: The Black Whip

: Dragged from her chariot by a mob of fanatical vigilante Christian monks, the revered astronomer was stripped naked, skinned to her bones with sharp oyster shells, stoned and burned alive as possibly the first executed witch in history. A kind of purge that was apparently big business back then.



New York Film Festival's The Class

There is something so compelling about the experience of seeing or being part of a work place where love and respect for one another prevail on a daily basis.
That is what Laurent Cantet has achieved by selecting the real students as actors and basing the story on the teacher who also wrote the book upon which the film is based.
This film reflects the real deal, the junion high school experience of working class french life, an intense view of who these children are and how their teachers strive to provide the best way to educate and discipline them, when needed.

The film's director, Laurent Cantet's intent was to present the class as " a sounding board, a microcosm of the world, where issues of equality or inequality - in regards to opportunity, work and power, cultural and social integration and exclusion - play out concretely" To achieve this goal and have the experience be emotionally gripping is the task he achieved with concument skill.

The New York Film Festival has done us all a favor by bringing the Class to the New York City cinema.

Linda Z
WBAI Women's Collective
RT Vine:witches brew

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