Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Yo Soy Army with Filmmaker Kouross Esmaeli

Yo Soy El Army - Clip from Big Noise Films on Vimeo.

Yo Soy El Army is filmmaker Kouross Esmaeli film about the latino community being targeted by the US military as a new and steady source of recruits.  Mostly entering into the lowest and most dangerous ranks, Latinos have been disproportionately killed in American's latest wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 

Kouross Esmaeli is an independent journalist and documentary filmmaker and living in New York.  He will also be a guest teacher this year in Mediastorm. 

He is currently on the Board of the Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association and a member of the Big Noise Film collective with whom he was covered topics as varied as Iran's 2008 Parliamentary elections and the case of Louisiana's Jena 6. Kouross' work have appeared on on MTV, Current TV, Aljazeerah English and Press TV covering Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and the United States. His documentary for MTV on the lives of American soldiers and young Iraqis after the American invasion won the Edward Murrow Prize for best Television documentary in 2005. Alongside reporting and filmmaking, Kouross continues to follow his passion for teaching. Having taught at the New England Institute of Art and the School of Visual Arts in the past few years, he was also the teaching artist at Art in General Gallery in New York where he helped produce a short documentary on the repercussions of September 11 on New York's Chinatown with Pace High School in Downtown Manhattan.  He is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at NYU for media studies.

Today, we will check out the entire film followed by a Q and A with Kouross.  If you want to email Kouross in the future his email address is ke487@nyu.edu.

Yo Soy El Army: America's New Military Caste from Producciones CimarrĂ³n on Vimeo.

You can also see more of his work on Iran and the Basijis.

After the film, tweet your thoughts and then begin on your project proposal.  It is in your google docs.  If you have not followed Scott on Twitter please do. https://twitter.com/Storm_Scott

If you have time, check out the Rooftop Legends Film from last year's class:

Rooftop Legends Video from Mediastorm New Design on Vimeo.

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