Two poems by Tarfia Faizullah

This video produced for Voluble incorporates two stylistically distinct, musically compelling video remixes for poems by Tarfia Faizullah, “Feast or Famine” and “Love Poem Ending with the Eye of a Needle.” Faizullah notes in a YouTube comment that

this was a result of a collaboration between me, emcee and producer Brooklyn Shanti, and tabla player and activist Robin Sukhadia. The film for the second poem is sampled from Sita Sings the Blues, an animated film that the director made available through Creative Commons. The footage for the first is tourist footage of Bangladesh.


  1. Reply
    Diek Grobler 4 July, 2016

    I do think that the ‘filmmakers’ should credit Nina Paley for the rather blatant use of her animation. The fact that she has made it available through Creative Commons does not mean that she disowned it; she should still be given credit for it. It just means you don’t have to pay to use it. Giving her credit is the least the filmmakers can do to say thank you. Not even mentioning her name is as good as claiming it is their own work.

    • Reply
      Dave Bonta 7 July, 2016

      I agree, it’s a pretty serious oversight. All Creative Commons licences (except the public domain licence) require attribution, and for a film/video I feel that should be in the credits. I’m willing to cut Voluble some slack because they are brand new, but if they plan on doing more remixes they need to do so in an ethical manner.

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