Arts & Entertainment

An America of Poverty Subsists Alongside the Glitter of Disney World

Millions of children the world over dream of visiting Disney World. But Sean Baker's heartbreaking film "The Florida Project," throws light on those living in dire poverty in the shadow of Cinderella's castle in Orlando. The film underscores the social divide in America through the eyes and lives of children. VOA's Penelope Poulou spoke with director and cast.

Film Explores an America of Poverty Alongside Disneyworld’s Glitter

Millions of children the world over dream of visiting Disneyworld. But Sean Baker’s heartbreaking film The Florida Project, throws light on those living in dire poverty in the shadow of Cinderella’s castle in Orlando.

The film underscores the social divide in America through the eyes and lives of children. The film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee and her friends, roaming around in the sweltering Florida summer months.

They live in cheap motels like the “Magic Castle,” and receive little to no supervision from their single, underemployed or unemployed mothers.

More Allegations Leveled Against Disgraced Movie Producer Weinstein

Another actress has accused U.S. movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting her, the latest of some 40 women who have alleged sexual harassment and assault spanning decades.

Former actress Heather Kerr told a news conference Friday that Weinstein attacked her during a private meeting in 1989 when she was in her 20s.

"He said that if he was going to introduce me around town to directors and producers, he needed to know if I was any good. He kept repeating that word," Kerr said.

Attorney to Detail Another Rape Allegation Against Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein is now facing criminal inquiries in three cities after an Italian actress told Los Angeles detectives the disgraced film mogul raped her in a hotel room in 2013.

Police confirmed Thursday they are looking into the woman’s allegations, and her attorney said he would give additional details about them at a news conference outside a downtown Los Angeles courthouse on Friday afternoon.

Ahoy! 'Old Ironsides,' World's Oldest Warship, Sailing again

The newly refurbished USS Constitution is taking its first spin under sail in three years.

Friday’s joyride from Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston to Fort Independence on Castle Island will celebrate the U.S. Navy’s 242nd birthday and the 220th anniversary of the iconic vessel’s maiden voyage.

The world’s oldest commissioned warship will fire a 21-gun salute in the waters off the fort, and its cannons will boom another 17 times as it passes the U.S. Coast Guard station — the former site of the shipyard where the Constitution was built and launched in 1797.

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