This year, for the second time in its history, Belarus may see one of its films nominated for an Oscar. The film is called Crystal Swan, and it is the first feature film of Daria Zhuk, a director from Minsk who is currently based in NYC. Daria moved to the US at the age of 16 and, after pursuing a finance degree at Harvard, decided to turn to her true passion – film making. Her journey, however, has not been an easy one. It took her almost a decade to bring to the big screen the story of a young lady called Evelina (Velya), who in the ‘90s followed the American dream by trying to obtain a US visa to immigrate and become a DJ. This summer the film had its premiere at the Karlovy Vary Film festival, opening in the East of the West competition, and then was screened at a few other film festivals. YT met with Daria after the premiere screening and talked to her about her life and work, the stereotypes in cinematography, the millennials, and the problems of family acceptance.

We’ve highlighted below some of the most recent reports in youth-related news and events. In this week's Friday news summary, we speak about a brand new scholarship for black students at Cambridge, a legal battle of students from New Delhi University and Australian Senator who seeks drastic cuts in student visas. 

Here Youth Time Magazine publishes three of the most interesting and informative youth related news items of the past week. Our weekly news roundup contains just some of the most important developments in the world of global youth. Follow, like and submit comments on Facebook and other Youth Time media.

 

Claims that Auras are a part of paranormal activity were debunked by Semyon Kirlian and his wife Valentina Kirlian. Together they discovered and went on to develop, what is known as Kirlian photography. The Kirlians explained that images that are generated by Kirlian photography depict an energy field that surrounds all living things. They further went on to explain that the energy that circles all of us can actually be photographed and show a life force or the energy field that reflects the physical and emotional states of individuals.

Whoever said revenge is such a sweet sorrow was wrong. Clear, straightforward research has established that holding a grudge, or planning a revenge, however coolly, affects our health, sometimes irrevocably.

Since creation human beings have been given a whole set of emotions and feelings. Disregarding whether the feeling is bad or good has its own reason and design. In an article published by Barbara L. Fredrickson titled “The Role of Positive Emotions in Positive Psychology. The Broaden-and-Build Theory of Positive Emotions”, there is a report on detailed research into the roles and effects of positive emotions. However, setting aside the positive feelings which make us more spiritually alive, it is important note that such negative feelings as fear, panic, pain, etc. have their functions as well. One of the most basic imperatives they serve is protection and the instinct for self-preservation. However, it is no less evident that if an individual becomes overly obsessed by one of those negative emotions, the flow of life, as well as all vital activities, may be in jeopardy. 

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