April is halfway over, so of course the weather is in the mid 90s (except for Friday on which the temperature inexplicably hovered around 65). It feels like a lot more than two weeks have passed since I last posted because I’ve done a lot of stuff. Last week, for example, I attended a screening of a documentary and a guitar concert both of which were excellent.
The documentary I saw was Sonita about an Afghani girl who dreams of becoming a rapper. Unlike most documentaries you may have seen, the filmmaker in Sonita takes an active role in Sonita’s story, which, if you’re in the mood for it, can create a really interesting discussion on the role of the documentarian in making films. Or, if that’s not your style, you can sit back and let yourself become involved in Sonita’s story because whether or not you think the filmmaker should be objective, Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami (the director) is very talented in making the audience both understand and care about Sonita’s struggle. Should she pursue her dream or go home to marry as her family wants? The film is mostly in Dari with some Arabic and English, but there are English subtitles throughout. If you don’t have time to watch the whole documentary though (available on Netflix), I recommend at least watching Sonita’s video in which she protests child marriage that has, in the years since the making of the documentary, become her primary platform. I highly recommend both!
I also had the opportunity last week to see guitarist Grisha Goryachev in concert. Although the link provides more biography, for my purposes it’s suffice to say that Goryachev, who specializes in Flamenco music, is a thoroughly impressive guitarist. It was a lovely way to spend an evening and a nice way to preface celebrating my birthday last Friday (thanks to everyone who posted on Facebook or otherwise said hi!). Coincidentally, one of the clubs I’m in was having a Masquerade Ball to raise money for Diamond Children’s Center in Tucson. The event was beautifully decorated with great food, and I had a lot of fun just making cards to give to the kids.
Because all that isn’t enough, I got up early the next day to go to Tohono Chul with Parks in Focus. This was my first real outing with the group, and I had a lot of fun hanging out with the kids and also exploring the park. I look forward to future trips, even though it’s getting hot. But the warm weather is part of why I came to Tucson anyway, and Spring Fling this weekend reminded me of that. Sure I got a sunburn, but it was wonderful weather to wander around a fair on campus. With the summer coming, they’ve started selling glass-bottle sodas on campus, so we had a nice lunch in the sun eating churros and curly fries with cream sodas. So now, as I head into the final weeks of the semester, I’m just enjoying the sun and drinking iced coffee to stay cool while I work.
Until next time~