Two documentaries on the plight of refugees off the Italian coast and the Greek coast have received Oscar nominations this year. "Fire at Sea," by Gianfranco Rosi has been selected in the Feature Documentary category and "4.1 Miles" by Daphne Matziaraki has been nominated in the Short Documentary category. VOA's Penelope Poulou spoke with Rosi about his film and how these documentaries bring public awareness to the refugees crisis in a tough political climate.
During the most recent New York Fashion Week, several designers took the opportunity to make political statements with their clothing. Others, like Indonesian designer Anniesa Hasibuan, found that remaining true to her roots was a statement in and of itself. Tina Trinh reports from New York.