Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on January 8th, 2010

One of my favorite movies of 2008 was Edward Zwick’s Defiance. I didn’t particularly like it because of its cinematic qualities—though the color, photography, and performances by the two leads (pictured) were excellent—but, rather, for the way it subverts in its retelling a story familiar to every child of the Lithuanian Diaspora: the fight of […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on February 22nd, 2009

In honor of the just-passed anniversary celebration of Lithuania’s independence on 16 Feb 1918, Darius Udrys released a 26-minute video made up of stills, titles, and music, which surveys episodes from the last 215 years of Lithuanian history. The movie, Road to Freedom: Lithuania, is also available with Lithuanian titles as Kelias į laisvę: Lietuva, […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on October 14th, 2008

The first round of the Seimas elections are done, and while it is too early to figure out precisely what the Seimas will look like for the next four years, it might be useful to the readership to understand what has already happened and who did what. I’m a dilettante when it comes to pretty […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on June 3rd, 2008

Sąjūdis pin [collectplaza.lt] There is no way I can have a bunch to say, personally, about the twentieth anniversary of the founding of Sąjūdis. After all, I was still a pre-teen born and living in the US. But I can talk about being in the wake of Sąjūdis, from the pins we got from visiting […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on April 29th, 2008

Via lietuviams.com, I read an article in Delfi by Eglė Digrytė about the recent surge in “non-Lithuanian” names among children of Lithuanian emigrants in the UK. The lede is worth reproducing in full: Shakyra, Lee, Leya, Sameeras, Adnan, Radu, Kvinta, Younas… Tai – ne muzikos ar kino žvaigždžių vardai. Taip savo atžalas šaukia Didžiojoje Britanijoje […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on April 17th, 2006

As I was leaving LT Days last year, a guy came up to me and got on my case about the shirt I was wearing, which, against the field of a giant red star, featured Proudhon‘s slogan, “Property is theft” in 12 different languages. I don’t remember precisely what the fellow said—but it was critical […]

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