Mark Gevisser's excellent study of the global weaponization of homo- and transphobia, The Pink Line, provides a superb survey of the promise – and peril – of queer identity.
Jonas Poher Rasmussen's animated Flee fearlessly discusses the value of life, the arbitrary inhumanity of immigration law, and the resilience of family, borders, and identity.
It's not just gun-toting crooks who abuse refugees, we learn from memoir I Just Wanted to Save My Family, it's also politicians and legal officers filling their personal and national coffers with fines and extortion who profit from criminal human trafficking.
Serenade for Nadia's complex plot allows Turkish author Zülfü Livaneli to sermonize on topics as varied as anti-Semitism, secularism and modernity, the role of faith in the modern world, diversity and multiculturalism, media and journalism, and more.
Though the bluster has asserted the opposite, Jeanine Cummins' prose in American Dirt washes away the gore and grime to show the human faces that make up the migrant crisis of the Western Hemisphere.
His intellectual and journalistic training, coupled with an eloquent capacity for literary expression, enables Behrouz Boochani to bridge the lived experience of refugees with non-refugee audiences and to express it in the context of the critical social and political theory which shapes intellectual elites' understanding of the refugee crisis.
These five stories poignantly convey the lives of refugees from different parts of the world. Our authors in this installment are Viet Thanh Nguyen, Guadalupe Nettel, Bernard Malamud, Choi Jin-young, and Mohsin Hamid.
Powerful novels The Boat People and Brixton Beach, both tackling the Sri Lankan refugee experience but from profoundly different angles, are eminently enjoyable reads but they're more than that: they're important reads.
Director Aki Kaurismäki feels a humanistic mission. His dryly humorous films about the small joys and victories of losers and drifters convey missives in which this sentiment is submerged under obstinate, absurd, classically framed dark humor.
Robert Capa: A Graphic Biography and Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide offer insights into the challenges of 20th century photography.
This book offers a poignant and jarring reminder not just of the resilience of the human spirit, but also of its ability to seek solace in the materiality of one's present.