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The Secret Life of Muslims

I love online content that can break barriers between people. “The Secret Life of Muslims” is a documentary web-series directed by Joshua Seftel that shows American Muslims being real about their lives, accomplishments, expectations and values. It shows people being people. It shows that we, together as a society don’t know everything about each other; but that’s ok as long as we are open to listen to others and to get to know their story. Because what the media shows it’s never 100% true. Besides the video below you can check more episodes here.

Immigration symptoms and its antidotes

We all start somewhere. Even after you’re born and you grow older, we all have new beginnings. When it comes to living somewhere new, I learned how to detect certain diseases/feelings/symptoms that were new to me at the time. So here’s some of them: The issue: Isolation The cure: Feeling 100% isolated can be really stressful. Especially if you don’t speak the language or you don’t feel identified with the culture. The first step to combat isolation is to go out. Explore for yourself, enjoy walking and the moments you create along the way. After you discover some places you like, I recommend trying an app called Meetup. Over there you can find different groups with common interests. Join the ones you like. It’s free. Meet people, hear their stories and also, share your struggles. Fighting isolation is not as difficult as it seems to be but I confess it can be a constant struggle (especially when people you meet are also moving somewhere else and so on). I can also recommend the couchsurfing platform. …

(How to) deal with anxiety

There are some studies who show that most funny people have a high level of emotional intelligence. I don’t categorize myself as being funny all the time, but it has been reminded to me that I make people laugh even when it’s not my intention to. I never understood exactly what this meant until some years later. I got to know my dark/sad/twisted/angry/negative side pretty well. I decided to get comfortable with it because it’s a part of everyone’s personality and it’s important to make the discomfort a productive time in your everyday life. Having high emotional intelligence doesn’t mean the generalization that you cry all the time. Also, it doesn’t mean that you’re a drama queen. It means something more than understanding complex emotional situations. You see, we all have a voice, but sometimes we cannot really hear it inside ourselves. There are so many reasons why this voice is numb or even confused; and it can take some time to release it. People diminish anxiety by default because sometimes they think it’s easy …

For all of us

Today we are here. Standing. All together. Many voices with only one message in common: equal rights. View this post on Instagram The funereal mood of the Inauguration gave way to ebullience among the women and men making their way to Saturday’s protest in Washington, D.C. Click the link in our bio to read Sarah Larson on travelling to the #WomensMarch. Photograph by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters. A post shared by The New Yorker (@newyorkermag) on Jan 21, 2017 at 1:09pm PST A phenomenon is taking the streets reacts to a normal/pertinent question: “Who do you think I am?!”. It’s not just about exploitation, it’s also about the complex challenges people face every day. Such as: sexism, body shaming, slut shaming, no paid maternity leave, violence, emotional abuse, no freedom of speech, no freedom of choice. The gender gap is still a reality when it comes to finance, investments, social life and even screen time in the entertainment business. Besides this we are in a period of evolution where more genders and norms are finally being shown …

The Cinema is (always) changing

The art of storytelling can be reached through the medium of a movie, a short-film or even a simple video. Although not all content out there is worthwhile our time. We tend to forget that movies can influence not only the people, but the cultural identity of a nation. As a creative person I noticed over the years the more I studied about films and worked within independent productions, I learned that the goals of a movie can be very different according to its target market. That being said, we, the audience, shouldn’t be naive to what filmmaking really is in the modern world: it’s a business format. The innocent proof of this statement can be found only today: thanks to the internet we can choose what to watch and where. But still most blockbuster movies are made by major studios in America, but things are (always) changing (according to where the production value is). I decided to share with you two explanatory videos on how commercial movies are changing and also an example of …