We’re exploring the deep reasons that drive people to protest in support of important social and political issues, and highlighting those that do. Here, Sarah asks filmmaker Martha Jeffries about her personal motivations for hitting the streets, and how she’s using her professional skills to highlight issues like climate change and women’s rights.
I watched the Vice coverage of the recent alt-right protests in Charlottesville and felt a toxic mixture of disbelief, fear and disgust. The conviction of the protesters was so harrowing that acid rose in my stomach. As I continued to watch and witness their conviction progress into amusement, excitement, and then victory, I was ashamed. Why do humans continue to repeat hateful mistakes that destroy lives and communities?
My next thoughts were of my friend Helen Faller, a US citizen who lives in Berlin. Helen is a leftist ex-punk anthropologist who shares her life with her African-American daughter, and I felt afraid for both of them. I can’t imagine how it must feel to watch your country imploding, or to feel like your bi-racial family is under attack.