A time of merry calls for a ridiculous number of baked goods.

A time of merry calls for a ridiculous number of baked goods.

You may have heard that fellow Berkeley grad students, Roberto Hernández and Layda Negrete, were nominated for several awards for the 32nd News & Documentary Emmy ceremony due to their documentary, “Presunto Culpable” (“Presumed Guilty”). We at The Daily Clog are happy to announce that they were awarded the Emmy for “Outstanding Investigative Journalism (long form)” on Sept. 26 in New York.

Hernández accepted the award on stage alongside Antonio “Toño” Zúñiga, whose court case was featured in the film.

On Sept. 27,   read more »

nefariousHuman trafficking is one of those “things” that people feel sorry for but do almost nothing to prevent. Statistics, no matter how shocking, present themselves in a way that requires no emotional commitment from the reader.

A non-profit organization representative presents you with a bunch of facts about some horrific event. You nod and feel bad for the victims involved. You go back home and check your Facebook or YouTube. Sadness is forgotten. Sound familiar?

“Nefarious” is a documentary that reveals the disturbing aspects of modern human trafficking. Exodus Cry, the team behind “Nefarious” is quickly gaining attention and spreading awareness across the country.

A free screening is going to take place right here at Berkeley. Note the word “free.” Free is good, especially when it is towards a great cause. “Nefarious” will be screened at Wheeler Auditorium on Thursday, Sept. 29. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Remember … FREE. See you there!

Image Source: Exodus Cry
NEFARIOUS Documentary Screening [Facebook]

We at the Clog love to live vicariously through the wild success of our fellow Berkeleyans, and needless to say, we did a victory lap when we heard that some Berkeley folk would be making an appearance at the Emmys. So, maybe it’s not our nomination exactly, but two grad students plan to be reppin’ Cal at the News and Documentary Emmys on Sept. 26 for doing what Berkeley does best: combining research with activism to make a delicious cocktail of justice.

Public-policy grad students Roberto Hernández and Layda Negrete were nominated for their documentary “Presunto Culpable” (or “Presumed Guilty”) in the categories of best documentary, outstanding investigative journalism (long form) and best research. They began read more »

Berkeley’s conventions are well established, including it being a place where people fight for social justice in distant, obscure parts of the world.

Adding to that list, it turns out that Berkeley is also a place where people make movies about fights for social justice in distant, obscure parts of the world.

Berkeley-based documentarian Connie Field has received two Academy Award nominations for her documentaries. For the past 10 years, she has been working on a six-part series on apartheid titled “Have You Heard From Johannesburg?

Last night, the first installment, titled “Apartheid and the Club of the West,” opened at the Roxie Cinema in San Francisco.

According to The Chronicle, there’s more connection to Berkeley than the fact that the filmmaker and the film studio are located here.

“Club of the West” retells the story of how U.S. sanctions and student protests led to the downfall of an unjust system. The film will dredge up feelings of nostalgia for anyone who can recall a time when raging in the college quad or marching in the streets actually helped sway U.S. foreign policy–a time when the White House was forced to acquiesce to the demands of the people.

At least this trip down memory lane looks less contrived than the movie Berkeley.

Have You Heard From Johannesburg?: Apartheid and the Club of the West (2006) [New York Times]
Focus is on apartheid in ‘Have You Heard From Johannesburg?’ [SF Gate]