Film Review: Star Wars, the Force Awakens by

Silvia Swinden 1/9/16

Immigrant youth groups protest deportation at federal building in Oakland, Calif., Narrative and picture by David Bacon 2/3/16

In a world marred by confusion about values and directions the old myths that used to give reference to human beings pale in comparison with the effects of the new cultural myths that come in glorious Technicolor, 3D immersive technology and round the corner/clock availability. Enter Star Wars, probably the most hyped up film in history, brilliant, thoroughly entertaining and retro (noticed by George Lucas, creator of the series, who got $4.05bn for selling the franchise to Disney. Retro is the trendy and elegant word for nothing new. Yep).
Star Wars has always been good for strong women, but not for female Jedi heroines. The Muppet-like Jedi Council was consistently and almost exclusively male. But following the enormous success of adolescent female heroine in the Hunger Games Disney & Co joined in and placed a great female character to balance the books. Will she become a Jedi somewhere in the next two billion-dollar-money-spinners to follow up?

I can’t wait!

When President Obama appointed Dollie Gee to the U.S. District Court in 2010, he undoubtedly didn't expect her to mount a frontal challenge to his administration's detention and deportation policies. But five years after her elevation as the first Chinese American woman on the federal bench, Gee ruled last summer that holding Central American women and children in private detention lockups was illegal.
 
Gee didn't mince words. She called the detentions "deplorable." And she denounced as "fear-mongering" the claim by Homeland Security lawyers that the detentions would discourage more people from leaving Central America.