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Over this past weekend, I attended the True/False Film Festival in Columbia, MO–again with my partner in crime, my sister. I’m less experienced when it comes to T/F, as this was just my second year. So if you want to learn more about the origins of T/F, I suggest clicking this link:

As with any journey, there are highs and lows, but this trip exceeded my expectations. It was all thanks to good friends and good films. Seriously, the films this year were extraordinary, and I was in excellent company.

Back in 1903 when the silent film The Great Train Robbery surfaced, audiences were immersed in a narrative movie (the first of its kind to my knowledge) that leant itself to an outpouring of all different kinds of emotions and reactions. And the best thing? Everyone was experiencing them together, united in laughter or astonishment.

And that’s exactly how T/F felt, sitting amongst fellow festival-goers who were just as eager to see the film. Everyone laughing in unison, or applauding at particularly moving moments. The films that inspired such boisterous reactions were Wiener, a documentary about the life, struggle, and political career of Anthony Wiener, and Sonita, a brilliant documentary about a 14-year-old Afghan refugee in Iran whose dream is to be a rapper.

I was able to see two other films, The Pearl about transgender women and their struggle to fit themselves into society and Author: The JT LeRoy Story about an intense web of characters and personas created by a woman named Laura Albert to attain the credibility and celebrity to write the stories she always longed to write.

Sonita won my heart, and the hearts of many, as after the film she appeared in person and performed. She was met by overwhelming applause, and in that moment I felt so lucky to have had such an experience. Documentary films may not be the most popular, but they have power.

Hopefully, these documentary films will make their way to St.Louis! In the meantime, seek out films that might not be the most popular but embody a message of social justice. And, soon enough the annual St.Louis International Film Festival will roll around. Can’t wait!


I know that I’ve talked about Forest Park before, but it is truly a jewel of St. Louis! Forest Park offers so many opportunities (which are usually free!) and is a beautiful place that continues to amaze me. Now that spring is here, I am able to spend more time outside and bike over to Forest Park, right down the road from Fontbonne. This past weekend, I volunteered at Forest Park with a few friends and helped to plant seedlings in the green house! Forest Park is a fantastic place to go to for a variety of reasons: spend time with friends, find peace and solitude, study, explore the art/ history of St. Louis, or to just get outside. I love going to Forest Park for so many reasons and there is never a dull moment there. If you get the chance, ride your bike or take a walk around the sidewalk around the perimeter of the park; it is a beautiful trail and allows you to see the entire park!

See a calendar of events happening at Forest Park soon.

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I have heard great things about the Dueling Pianos event from other students. I had never been to any event like this kind, but I had the night free to attend. DSAC had an inviting feeling, the lights were off except a few on the stage, chairs and tables faced the stage, and of course there was food. There were two pianos on the stage with microphones. There were maybe twenty to thirty students there, so it was a good size and they seemed to be excited for the performance. I sat with my friends and was in for a treat.

Anyone could request any song, if the pianists knew it then they played. There were rules, sing along or clap, and have fun. They played a lot of Disney and popular songs of today. I requested “Twist & Shout” by The Beatles, one of my favorite bands. They did play it and everyone sung at the chorus. There were songs that I heard of and hadn’t heard before. There was great crowd participation which made it a blast. I enjoyed going to this event, I am glad that Fontbonne hosted this event.


Hi there, Fontbonne,

Today’s blog is just an overall post about my week. First off, it’s the LAST week of September! Man, we’re coming to October already! Isn’t that exciting? Time has been flying by faster than ever. Now we’re going to have one busy, busy October. Just keep an eye out for upcoming events with FISH, FISA, Students for Life, and many more.

The spark of this week was Saudi National Day. I believe it’s the very first celebration event for our Saudi Arabian students to host at Fontbonne. It was amazing!!

As you walk into DSAC’s gymnasium, they had a table near the front left side with their tea, dates (some type of fruit? Maybe.) and small snacks. The tea had a very strong taste to it. I can’t really describe it, but I thought of medicine when I drank it. Then they had tables (starting from the left) with different things about their country.

The first table that I went to had a guy who wrote your name in Arabic! Pretty neat. I learned that they actually start writing from the right to the left. How unexpectedly cool! At the next table, I met Soma (not sure how to spell her name correctly) and Kululd who were showing us some of the clothing that older Saudi Arabian wore. They were very gorgeous. Then they had two ladies at the Henna tattoo table. One lady did the tattooing and the other made sure people signed their names to reserve their turns. It’s not actual tattooing, so don’t worry 🙂 The art is a form of flowers and dots and is just elegant in general.

Are you wondering if they had food? Of course they did! The buffet was on the other side of the gym and yes, it was delicious. I don’t really know the names of the meals but there was salad, lamb meat (I think), rice, some sort of mashed food, and sweet stuff. I had a bit of everything so I was satisfied. In the center of the gym, they were playing music and did a little bit of dancing. I loved it! Also, most of the male Saudi students were dressed in their traditional clothes, so it was pretty nice. Then they also had a set-up of things from Saudi Arabia, like a rug, a small chair, pictures of the city, and the flags of Saudi Arabia and United States. Izzy and I got the chance to a piece of their clothing! It was all black, and the hijab (female headdress) was covered around our heads and faces. Then we took photos in the set-up. I had so much fun!

That’s all for the week. I hope some of you were able to attend the event as well! Have a great weekend 🙂


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