HOW DOYOU GRIEVE WHEN DEATH GOES VI­RAL?

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - FILTER -

Af­ter decades of op­pres­sion un­der a mil­i­tary junta, Chin eth­nic mi­nori­ties are in dan­ger of los­ing their cen­turies-old tra­di­tions. Seoul-based pho­tog­ra­pher Dy­lan Goldby is hop­ing to change that with his up­com­ing book of strik­ing por­traits,

Dy­lan was struck by the dis­tinc­tive fa­cial tat­toos of the Lai Tu Chin tribe women, done to mark a girl’s com­ing of age and as a sym­bol of beauty. Much of Lai Tu Chin cul­ture has been lost and out­lawed, with younger women no longer get­ting the tat­toos that mark them as part of the tribe. Since the Chin have no writ­ten his­tory or le­gal pro­tec­tion, these women are some of the last links to the tribe’s iden­tity. The idea of death in the dig­i­tal age in­trigued award-win­ning lm-maker Tar­ryn Lee Cross­man so much that she made a lm chron­i­cling three teenagers whose deaths gripped the world. ex­plores the deaths of Aus­tralian Kaileigh Fryer, 19, who was killed in a car ac­ci­dent; Amer­i­can Am­ber Corn­well, 15, who com­mit­ted sui­cide af­ter be­ing cy­ber­bul­lied; and South African Jenna Lowe, 17, who was di­ag­nosed with pul­monary ar­te­rial hy­per­ten­sion. ‘I had to nd a way to hon­our their mem­o­ries and still tell their real sto­ries,’ Tar­ryn says. She used in­ti­mate in­ter­views with their fam­i­lies and the girls’ so­cial me­dia posts to cre­ate a pic­ture of their lives and deaths. In mak­ing this lm, she says, she saw that so­cial me­dia was sim­ply a height­ened sense of re­al­ity, and that it had changed the way we grieved.The next lm on her radar is about the girls who es­caped from Boko Haram: ‘There was so much hype around #bring­back­our­girls and then noth­ing,’ she says. Time­lines

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