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Dr. Steeve Coupeau goes one on one with Sherief Elkatsha, Director of Cairo Drive, 18 November 2014

What compelled you to focus on this story?

I wanted to make a film about Cairo – using the city as the main character.  I heard a quote once, “you can tell the personality of a nation by the way they drive” – that hit a chord with me.  I thought the perfect angle to look at the city was from the traffic – which crosses all social and economic classes.  Traffic unites us; a daily frustration that no one is exempt from.

Photo Credit: DOC NYC

Do you feel that driving is a theme that can unite Egyptians?

I think that driving DOES unite Egyptians.  It is a real sense of community on the road – and affects the way most citizens interact with their city.  “Traffic” becomes less of an excuse – and more of a lifestyle.

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A Small Section of the World: A Taste of Costa Rica by Dr. Steeve Coupeau 16 November 2014

One of the best films in this 2014 Edition is A Small Section of the World. Directed by Lesley Chilcott, this film tells the story of Asomobi, a women-led coffee cooperative that put Costa Rica on the map for its coffee. The cooperative was formed because of a lack of opportunities. At the beginning, the women had no land, facing discouragingly low coffee prices. Yet they took up the challenge of producing coffee.

 

Coffee was a good choice as it connects people of different cultures. A few years later, the Asomobi brand is fully developed as the company now exports to Trieste-based world known coffee brand Illy. DOCNYC runs through November 20, 2014.

ROCKETSHIP TO PROFITS: Silicon Valley breeds corporate reformers with national reach By David Bacon 04 October 2014

Nearly every metropolitan area these days has its own wealthy promoters of education reform. Little Rock has the Waltons, Seattle has Bill and Melinda Gates, Newark has Mark Zuckerberg, and Buffalo has John Oishei, who made his millions selling windshield wipers.
 
Few areas, however, have as concentrated and active a group of wealthy reformers as California's Silicon Valley. One of the country's fastest-growing charter school operators, Rocketship Education, started here. A big reason for its stellar ascent is the support it gets from high tech's deep pockets, and the political influence that money can buy.
 


Rocketship currently operates nine schools in San Jose, in the heart of Silicon Valley. It opened its first school in Milwaukee last year and one in Nashville, Tennessee, this fall. Its first two schools in Washington, D.C., where almost half the students already attend charters, open next year. Rocketship plans include running eight schools in Milwaukee, in Nashville, and in D.C. in the near future.