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A Look at Kurdistan

This past winter break, the Tufts New Initiative for Middle East Peace (NIMEP) traveled to Iraqi Kurdistan (an autonomous entity within the federal Iraqi Republic). Ian MacLellan (A’12), a member of NIMEP, served as the official photographer of the student delegation on this trip. He documented the experience by means of a powerful photo essay. He writes:

Kurdish culture has its roots in extremely ancient societies along the Tigris River and has been repressed and destroyed for centuries. Their culture is now a creation and amalgamation of both indigenous and ancient Iranian traditions and a reaction against modern Turkish, Persian and Arab influences.

MacLellan also created a photo timelapse video of scenes from Kurdistan:

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Accio* “Harry Potter” Culture Documentary!

Film maker Arlin Ladue (E ’11), most notable for his recent documentary about the 2010 Men’s Lacrosse NCAA Championship, is working with fellow cinephiles Ian MacLellan (A’12), Luke Boelitz (A’12), and Allison Fisk (A’12) to create a documentary about the rise of “Harry Potter” culture that goes beyond the books themselves and into music, games, and a constant cos-play that many people in the country and at Tufts are enjoying.

Entitled “It’s Real For Us,” the film will be comprised of interviews with those involved in the Tufts Harry Potter Society, the Tufts Quidditch Team, and musicians who have pioneered the genre of “Wizard Rock.” For the first preview for the film, creator, co-founder, and executive director of the nation-wide Harry Potter Alliance Andrew Slack shared his feelings on the series, the character, and why most of us are enthralled by it all.

More content, including photos of the recent home Quidditch match between Tufts and BU, can be seen at the film’s official website. You can also follow updates on Twitter and Facebook.

* In the world of Harry Potter, “accio” is a summoning spell.

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