April 16, 2014. The South Korean nation had just witnessed a heartbreaking tragedy; Sewol ferry, with 476 passengers – mostly school students – capsized. To make the tragedy even more crushing, out of the 304 victims, 250 students from Dawon High School perished. At first, the government administration refused to apologize for the fact that […]

There are over 11 million of unauthorised immigrants in the United States, including 5.6 million Mexicans who labour in fields, restaurant kitchens and factories. When not caught and sent to detention centres and courts, they try to survive under the radar, away from immigration officers while chasing their “American Dream”. The Founding Fathers may have […]

On the gorgeous Korean islands of Jeju and Udo (and the surrounding islets of Jeju province), almost every day, over 4000 women risk their lives to challenge the sea in order to bring out its treasures – sea urchin, conch, algae, octopus, and the highly treasured abalone. They are called haenyo – sea women – and […]

José Tadeu V. Bijos was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil but he’s had an on-going on and off love affair with California for the past 3 years. He spends a lot of his time looking up facts about his favourite musicians (did you know that John Lennon and Paul McCartney only played […]

The beginning of April was very a exciting time for us here at VOTA. Roxy and I had a chance to help out as volunteers at the Let’s All Be Free Film Festival, a new and independent event which took place from the 5th to 7th of April 2013 at the Brunei Gallery in Russell […]

I do not know what I would have done without the British Film Institute and its various film previews. One of those previews was SIDE BY SIDE documentary directed by Chris Kenneally ( post production supervisor: Henry’s Crime, 13 and director: Looking out for Number One) and produced by, one of my favourite actors, Keanu […]

  This production is one of the most important accomplishments of  Wim Wenders (The Million Dollar Hotel, Buena Vista Social Club). It’s not entirely a musical, but it can be defined as a brilliant tribute to the amazing German-born choreographer Philippine Bausch. Wim Wenders previously made a few attempts to document the lifetime achievement of Pina […]