By guest contributor Frisly Soberanis
Pablo Soberanis, a hispanic teenager, learns that his cellphone bill is nothing compared with the family’s financial problems.
Film Crew all under 19 years old.
Written and Directed by Frisly Soberanis
Produced by Kyra Vargas and Frisly Soberanis
Frisly Soberanis is an Award-winning student filmmaker. He’s a recent graduate of the Academy for Careers in TV and Film and the Tribeca Film Institute’s Film Fellow program. He won the Lotos Foundation Award for excellence in the Arts, was one of the top two finalist at the nationwide Coco Latino Film Contest, and is a member of The New York Youth Leadership Council where he fights for passage of the New York State Dream Act.
I live like this… Makes sense.
So you’ve just graduated from college and you want to change the world. Good for you. The non-profit sector seems like a natural place for a justice-minded person such as yourself, and nonprofits are almost always hiring because the turnover rate is so high. But you may find the social justice industry to be… a little unjust. Here are a few tips and tricks for how to avoid being exploited by a nonprofit.
- Don’t work at one. Seriously. Working at a non-profit generally involves at least some level of exploitation. (When was the last time you saw a non-profit with a union?) If this doesn’t deter you, figure out what you’re willing to give up: Is it sleep? Weekends? Seeing your friends? Most non-profit workers do not work 9-5. Working nights and weekends is common. Paid overtime is not. Non-profits tend to make you feel like if you are not willing to work 24/7 then you are not “down for the cause.” That’s bullshit. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel like you’re not “down enough” because you are not willing to sacrifice your well-being for “the movement.” People who don’t take care of themselves burn out and often become jaded and bitter. You can’t sustain “the movement” if you don’t sustain yourself.
So many gems in this piece…at this point I’ve worked on all facets of the nonprofit complex and I am not looking back anymore
Irma (short film)
Irma Gonzalez is an old ‘luchadora’ (female wrestler) who bears the marks of a life spent battling in the ring, performing daredevil moves. Every day she goes to the gym to rehearse the moves that made her a star. Children watch her curiously. Somewhere in the distance, a song plays: Irma was once a singer, too. In her memory, grainy images of old television clips flicker. Shot in Mexico City, the film is a tender portrait of the multi-talented luchadora and an unusual meditation on athleticism and aging.
Interview with director of Irma, Charles Fairbanks.