In Cleveland (2016)

2016-12-11T11:17:38+00:00November 23rd, 2016|

Filmmaker Ian Mantgani traveled from London to Cleveland in July to join Belt for the Republican National Convention. Here, just in time for Thanksgiving weekend, is the stunning result. Trump, Tamir, hope, despair, casual racism and potent rage: it's all here. Enjoy.

Among the Alt-Racists

2017-11-27T07:26:27+00:00July 29th, 2016|

I’m eating an Isaly’s chipped chopped ham sandwich on a bench outside a convenience store in Pittsburgh. A racist sits across from me. We are both from the Midwest, yet thousands of miles distant in terms of worldview.

Counting the Hours, Waiting to Exhale

2016-07-22T00:43:30+00:00July 21st, 2016|

Old Stone Church, 10:15 a.m. Thursday. A banner on the front door reads, “Exhale Love!” Exhale. But not yet. Old Stone Church, 10:15 a.m. Thursday. It feels as though the entire city is waiting, holding its breath.

You’ll Never Vote Alone

2016-07-23T10:13:24+00:00July 21st, 2016|

I arrived in Cleveland convinced the RNC would be the death of me. There is not a drop of hyperbole in this statement. And it’s true what they say: when people think they’re close to death, they do crazy things.

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