A statuesque woman, Jones started riffing with Colin Jost (the new male anchor of Weekend Update) on the subject of beauty vs. "being useful," mentioning how the ultra-slender Lupita Nyong'o was just named "Most Beautiful Woman" by People magazine.
Talented, persistent individuals from around the world are telling their stories in films that span an array of interests and issues -- and you can see the results at the Athena Film Festival.
The U.S. government goes into war-torn countries with a reputation for believing itself morally superior, enlightened crusaders for democracy and fairness. To be represented instead by people who abuse that position for their own economic gain is a perversion of purpose.
After seeing The Whistleblower, I contacted Kathryn Bolkovac, whose story is the basis of the movie, and interviewed her. Her answers speak for themselves, but also give such a sense of her persona, grit and determination.
The Whistleblower, presents an on the ground retelling of the story of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraskan police officer (Rachel Weisz) who became part of the UN police team in post-war Bosnia.
The Whistleblower is a compelling story of gutsy people in tough and compromising situations making decisions that aren't in their best personal interest.
Just some stunning statistics: Prostitution has always been risky for women; the average age of death is 34, and the American
"I just couldn't get the story out of my mind, I was just very haunted by it," Weisz remembers. "And I just kept thinking
I have always found cinema to be the best avenue for becoming better educated, and learning about human rights is no exception to that rule.