Media of the Month: April

As the world wakes up with the emergence of spring, media creatives are appearing to do the same. With an expansive release of books, movies, TV shows, and more, April offers plenty of new media to curl up to during the rainy days this month. We’ve done our research and compiled a list of the newest media to keep you occupied until summer finally rolls around.

Books

We Are Each Other’s Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy by Natalie Baszile – In her new anthology released on April 6, Baszile looks at essays, photographs, poems, and conversations to examine the relationship between American culture and Black farming from emancipation to the present day. Her narrative offers a glimpse of the impact of food injustice and land loss while illustrating the resilience of Black farmers amid these challenges. Her eye-opening collection of stories magnifies the voices of generations of farmers while revealing the obstacles they continue to face today.

Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney – From the same author of the best-selling book The Nest, Good Company, released on April 6, follows the life of Flora Mancini who finds an envelope containing her husband’s wedding ring after he claimed to have lost it years ago. The discovery of the ring sparks Flora’s journey to come to terms with everything she didn’t know about the people closest to her. With humor and tenderness, Sweeney looks at the ability for lifelong relationships to both wound and heal us.

Movies

Identifying Features (dir. Fernanda Valadez) – Boasting a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Identifying Features is a heart-wrenching Mexican drama that follows the journey of Magdalena, a single mother searching for her son who has gone missing while trying to cross the Mexican-American border. Valadez presents viewers a haunting reality filled with magical realism as the characters seek spiritual reunification. Identifying Features is a winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Audience and Screenplay Awards at the Sundance Film Festival.

The Dig (dir. Simon Stone) – Based on the famous 1939 excavation of Sutton Hoo, The Dig follows the life of Edith Perry, the owner of Sutton Hoo, and Basil Brown, a local excavator who unearths secrets buried in the mounds on her estate. Stone illustrates our quest to resurrect the past through our investigations of today while addressing the threat of World War II and the impermanence of life.

Podcasts

My Favorite Murder (hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark) – “Stay sexy and don’t get murdered” is Kilgariff’s and Hardstark’s motto, aptly describing the sketchy, edgy, comical tone of their podcast. They casually recount true crime stories of the past – with gory details and all – yet instill humor and humanity into their storytelling as if it were a conversation over a bottle of wine.

Renegades: Born in the USA (hosted by Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen) – Former President Barack Obama and musician Bruce Springsteen have teamed up to discuss topics ranging from music to race and what it means to live in America. Obama and Springsteen delve into their friendship and the challenges each have faced in their marriages and in other aspects of their daily lives. Renegades is an eight-episode series releasing episodes weekly exclusively on Spotify.

TV Shows

This Is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist (created by Colin Barnicle) – This docuseries, released on Netflix on April 7, investigates the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist. On March 18, 1990, two thieves dressed as police officers entered the museum, tied up the security guards, and stole 13 works of art. The episodes take viewers through that night and the subsequent investigations that have attempted to uncover what still remains an unsolved mystery.

It’s a Sin (created by Russell T. Davies) – Released in February, It’s a Sin follows a group of gay men who move to London in 1981 during the escalating HIV/AIDS crisis. The five episodes of the miniseries drama chronicle the group members’ lives, recounting how they cope and find strength during a decade of the epidemic.

Nora Verdier, Staff Writer

Hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Nora is a sophomore in Boston University’s College of Communication studying advertising and minoring in Spanish. This is her first semester writing for The COMmunicator, and she is excited to continue sharpening her writing skills as a storyteller for the BU community. You can often find her baking with her friends while jamming to Taylor Swift or strolling around the Public Gardens with a coffee in hand.

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