Issue 37

The Women, Cults and Qweens edition

A weekly dispatch from What We Seee. Part of an ongoing mission to fulfil the cultural promise of the internet. An enriching and eclectic collection of music, art, film and stories. Think of it as your digital 5-a-day.

My daughter died. How do I tell my son?

How do you explain tragedy to a 3-year-old?
Close to five years ago, Jayson Greene and his wife, Stacy, lost their 2-year-old daughter, Greta, to a horrible accident.
Fifteen months later, their son, Harrison, was born. Now that Harrison is growing up, he wants to know about his older sister.
In this animated video Mr. Greene struggles with how to introduce his son to Greta — even though they can never meet.

Long live our Qweens

Qweens’ Speech, a film by filmmakers Zhang & Knight, creative agency ACNE, and Dazed, seeks to highlight the more urgent and alternative message that the UK needs to hear – that of queer liberation, the fight for LGBTQ+ rights, and solidarity with people of all sexualities and identities.

A former cult member hears music for the first time


Kate has had quite the life. Or, perhaps, quite the no-life.

She was ​“imprisoned” from birth by her parents, members of an unnamed cult. It sounds like they kept her utterly enclosed and completely isolated from the world.

Music, they told her, was ​“bad”, something that ​“only bad people listened to”. Her horizons were clearly as limited as her vocabulary seems now.

Watch as she hears Nocturne No. 4 by Gabriel Fauré. But this novel experience isn’t simply hearing an iconic piece by a legendary late-19th century French composer.

She is hearing music – any music – all music – for the first time.

How do the rest of us compute that? How do we – bombarded by music, art, stimuli, connections, experiences – comprehend that? How do we – so overwhelmed by things to click and link and like and share – decide what to listen to, watch, consume?

It’s that disconnect that Norwegian filmmaker Kristoffer Borgli wanted to explore in his new short – a film commissioned by The Face

What’s Going On – a song for every time

The lastest episode of the WWS podcast, That Scene, That Song features musician, producer, composer and living breathing medicine man for the soul, Nitin Sawhney

His choice of song included Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On. Filled with sadly prophetic lyrics, and a question that Nitin asks himself every morning looking at the news. How is this happening… this crazy dystopian nightmare that no one can explain to me.

One vote can change history

Harnessing the power of its new Democratic majority, the Virginia legislature is poised to vote this week to become the 38th of the 38 states needed to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, which would make women’s rights explicit in the Constitution. In this video Op-Ed the filmmaker Ken Burns compares this historic moment with the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote 100 years ago.


Photo: Photo: River Phoenix and Martha Plimpton in Sidney Lumet’s Running on Empty, 1988