Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

 This piece was written as a background for the whole season of KCET's "Artbound," but it may as well sum up my thoughts on this year in general. There is so much we still have to do as a society to make things better and one way to do that is to reach out to people and places that are beyond our comfort zones. It's documentaries like these that help us do that. 


It is no exaggeration to say that in the space of only a few months, the whole world has been upturned, re-arranged into an unrecognizable shape and form. A worldwide pandemic — the stuff of sci-fi thriller films — has kept families, friends and communities apart. But for some, that unjust exclusion and separation from a mainstream community have been happening long before this pandemic ever began. Perhaps it is only now, in the wake of protests and unrest has the nation started to see the injustice that has insidiously become integral to the bedrock of our current society.

The inequities that have only been revealed to most are not new, and it is not without victims. In fact, for many, it is a matter of life and death. As New York Times graphics editor and opinion writer Gus Wezerek so aptly illustrates in his op-ed piece last March, "If Black people were immune to the coronavirus, their mortality rate in 2020 would still probably surpass white people's." As long as the data has been available (as far back as 1900), the gap between Black deaths and white has existed, it points out.

This season, "Artbound" explores how communities have fought to survive, to stay resilient by creating the art forms, forums and spaces they need to band together as communities, combat erasure and unapologetically express themselves. In the process, they're redefining what it means to be an artist and their role in society. [read more]


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