February 27, 2016

Red Cross Community Transportation Program - Columbus, Ohio

OHIO - The American Red Cross - Ohio Buckeye Region provides a Community Transportation Service for seniors and other eligible residents of Franklin County. Volunteer drivers provide "safe, reliable, and timely" transport for those who live in the community but are unable to get to medical appointments and other services on their own. Eligibility varies throughout the region, with some wheelchair service available, so check website for details. The following video features a volunteer driver and a long-term client served by the American Red Cross Community Transportation Program in Columbus, Ohio.

January 16, 2016

Taxi (2015 Iranian Film by Jafar Panahi)

FILM - Taxi is a 2015 Iranian film directed by and starring acclaimed Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi (b.1960). Also known as Jafar Panahi's Taxi and Taxi Tehran, it was filmed in Iran and smuggled out of the country despite Panahi being banned from making films there or from travelling abroad. The movie follows Panahi (playing himself) as a taxi driver in Tehran as various passengers catch a lift in his shared-ride cab. Most of the film is seen through the perspective of a security cam located on the taxi's dashboard. Although it has the feel of a docudrama, all the characters in Taxi are portrayed by actors, including Panahi's niece who would later travel to Germany to accept on Panahi's behalf, the Golden Bear (Best Film) prize at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival.