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SXSW Day 3: Muslims In The Media, Cannabis Innovation & More

Posted in Journalism, and SXSW

I’ve made it to day 3, despite barely any sleep.

Ovarian Psycos,” the documentary I saw last night, was an incredible story of women of color standing up for their identity, their agency, and their right to take up space in the world. I also took a few minutes to talk with the creators of “Night of the Slasher” about their hopes for plans for turning their short film into a horrifying and funny full-length feature.

I was back this morning to attend “American Muslim Media: Taking Back Our Narrative,” a panel about how digital and social media can change the way people look at the religion and lives of the millions of Muslims living in the United States.

Fatemeh Fakhraie, Eman H Aly, Amanda Quraishi and Wajahat Ali discuss “American Muslim Media” at SXSW 2016 in this March 13, 2016 photograph. (Kit O’Connell)
Fatemeh Fakhraie, Eman H Aly, Amanda Quraishi and Wajahat Ali discuss “American Muslim Media” at SXSW 2016 in this March 13, 2016 photograph. (Kit O’Connell)

Later today, I’ll be tweeting from a panel on the changing landscape of legalization and cannabis law, one of three panels on the topic I’m planning to attend at the festival. I’ll also be attending the world premiere of another documentary tonight, “Starving The Beast,” which shows how neo-conservatives are destroying public education through budget cuts and privatization. I’m writing about all three topics for MintPress News.

Keep an eye on this blog today — I have more writing coming later, if I can finish it.

And tomorrow morning at 8:30am, I’m attending this Jewish Voice For Peace protest against Israel’s “Building the Perfect Country” panel, then I’ll be attending the panel itself (assuming they let me in!). So be sure to follow @KitOConnell for live updates from both.

Finally, I’ve asked before and will again, but please consider donating to my SXSW coverage if you can. If you can’t, please share my writing, or a link to my crowdfunding campaign. Every little bit helps — and it would be wonderful to hit $500 (half of my goal) this weekend.

 

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