Arts Express: Actor Djimon Hounsou Talks Eco-Thriller Air

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Djimon Hounsou Talks Air.

Or rather, the lack of it on a poisoned planet destroyed by endless wars. As the Oscar nominated African born actor perhaps best known for his role as slave rebel leader Cinque in Steven Spielberg’s Amistad, goes toe to toe with The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus in a bid to save the world, in this new sci-fi eco-thriller.

Hounsou phones in to Arts Express to reflect on survival issues on and off screen as well, as an immigrant and actor of color who was once jobless and homeless in Paris, sleeping under bridges and hunting in trash cans for food; the refugee immigrant crisis in Europe today; and resisting stereotyping in movies of ‘Africans in loincloths chasing gazelles.’

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Hounsou at Final DipCon Opening Reception in 2013.

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The Report:

A conversation with NY Fringe Festival playwright, Martin Casella.

While much fanfare has been taking place this year remembering World World II during this 70th anniversary, there’s been lots of forgetting as well, and much of it being covered on Arts Express.

The Report is a new Lynn Redgrave Theater August production delving into yet another chapter in that buried history, the government culpability and coverup of the worst death toll in the UK, the Bethnal Green London East End underground tube tragedy crushing to death nearly two hundred civilians.

Casella is on the line to Arts Express to talk about the implications of this production concerning human memory and all wars, what his play George Bush Goes To Hell is all about, and what led him to move on from Hollywood and working for Spielberg, Coppola, Disney, Universal and HBO to his labor of love in theater.

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Writers Corner:

A gathering of the contributors and creators of the literary magazine, And Then. Mitchel Cohen reports.

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Prairie Miller is a New York multimedia journalist online, in print and radio, who reviews movies and conducts in-depth interviews. She can also be heard on WBAI/Pacifica National Radio Network’s Arts Express.