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.



Live And Become: On DVD

Radu Mihaileanu, Director

Can love conquer fear and hate?

Live and Become is a love story and a history lesson with up to date scenes from Israel, where I have never been. It is based on the story of the people who were airlifted from a Sudanese refugee camp to Israel in 1984 during Operation Moses.

This film is a tour de force that opens the viewers eyes to what it is like to be a nine year old orphan, to be different in color and experience from those we live with, and to feel the weight and pressure of unconditional love in spite of the gulf that defines and divides us.

This is a film for the romantic, for the intellectual, for those who might not know about the Ethiopian migration into Israel where the politicians wanted the immigrants to boost their number of citizens but the Israel people were afraid of the color of their skin, the spread of potential desease from AIDs or worse and the possibility that these foreigners were in fact posing as Jewish people but were not Jewish and never had been.

Beautifully acted, the story unfolds slowly with particular attention to detail and the translation, the subtitles were way above average.

Enormous in scope.

Live and Become covers a multitude of issues that most of us would rather forget but can't.


Linda Z
WBAI Women's Collective

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