Worldview: Mexico's gun buyback, Olympics without wrestling, plus art, film and activism from India to Belgium

February 15, 2013

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Worldview: Olympics without wrestling, Mexico's gun buyback, plus art, film, and activism from India to Belgium

Wrestling, one of the world's oldest sports, has been dropped from the Olympics. Gun violence in Mexico prompted a different kind of response. A Belgian director discusses his new film. We share our international weekend picks.

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Olympics without wrestling


Earlier this week, theInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) voted to drop wrestling as an Olympic sport. Wrestling has been a part of both the modern and ancient Olympics since thebeginning. Today, Worldview speaks with David Wallechinsky, asports commentator and the president of the International Society of Olympic Historians. We are also joined byTanner Andrews, a champion wrestler currently training at the U.S. OlympicEducation Center in Marquette, Michigan, with hopes of making the 2016 U.S.Wrestling Team.  

DROPPEDLAUSANNE, Switzerland - IOC leaders dropped wrestling from the Olympic program on Tuesday, a surprise decision that removes one of the ol...
Mexico City buys back guns, violence drops

After a 10-year-old boy was shot dead in a movie theater last November, Mexico City officials have breathed new life into a gun buyback program. Elisabeth Malkin, a New York Times correspondent in Mexico City, tells Worldview what U.S. urban centers can learn from these efforts.
Taking Guns to Holy Ground in Mexico CityMEXICO CITY - A young woman cradling a large crucifix left Mexico's holiest shrine, the Basilica of St. Mary of Guadalupe, on a recent af...
A different kind of love story

Belgian filmmaker Bavo Defurne’s North Sea Texas tells the story of a lonely gay 15 year-old  boy who falls in love for the first time. The film is set in 1960’s Belgium. Defurne says the movie isn’t a “coming out” film, but rather a typical love story. Defurne and Worldview film contributor Milos Stehlik join us to discuss the movie.
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Weekend Passport: Art and activism from here to India and being gay at the end of the Cold War

Global citizen Nari Safavi helps listeners plan their international weekend. This week, he brings Worldview a new exhibit at the Smart Museum of art taking a look at the role art has played in social and political activism in India, a film at the Siskel Center depicting the life of homosexuals in the waning days of Communist East Germany and another exhibit from AREA Chicago on American immigrant activism and the Occupy movement.

"Art and Activism in India" at Smart Museum of Art

When: Opened Wednesday to the public, runs until June 9th.
Where: 5550 S. Greenwood Ave, Chicago, IL, 60637

This exhibit introduces the Sahmat Collective to American art enthusiasts. Since 1989, they have encouraged artists in all mediums who express themes of freedom and secularism.
The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989 - Current - Exhibitions - Smart Museum of Art - The University of ChicagoThe Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989 February 14 - June 9, 2013 Since 1989, the influential Delhi-based Sahmat has...
"Coming Out" at the Gene Siskel Film Center

When: Saturday, February 16th at 5:30 pm,
             Monday, February 18th at 8:15 pm
Where: 164 N. State Street, downtown Chicago

Coming Out was the only East German film ever to focus on homosexuality. Set in the very last days of the German Democratic Republic (it premiered the night the Berlin Wall came down), the film is a character study of Philipp, a teacher who struggles with a secret life. 
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"Ocupados/Occupations and Tent Cities" at Art In These Times 

When: opening reception Friday, February 15 from 6 to 9 pm, 
            runs from February 15 to May 31
Where: 2040 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd floor, Chicago

Housed at the exhibition space of the magazine In These Times, this exhibit comes in two main parts.  The first features several works of art inspired by recent immigrant activism and the Occupy movement, while the other is made up of photographs, brochures, flyers and other documentary materials on demonstrations throughout the country.
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