“We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions.
While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.
Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.
We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction.
Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference.”
Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr. — Parents of Michael Brown, Jr.
“Now we could teach schoolchildren how the planet is going to die, not as a probability, but as the history of the future” – Marguerite Duras — Claude Bourguignon interviews et avec Pierre Rabhi et Lydia Bourguignon — Alerte à Babylone + “Maintenant on pourrait presque enseigner aux enfants dans les écoles comment la planète va mourir, non pas comme une probabilité mais comme l’histoire du futur. On leur dirait qu’on a découvert des feux, des brasiers, des fusions, que l’homme avait allumé et qu’il était incapable d’arrêter. Que c’était comme ça, qu’il y avait des sortes d’incendie qu’on ne pouvait plus arrêter du tout. Le capitalisme a fait son choix : plutôt ça que de perdre son règne.” Entretien avec Marguerite DURAS, Le Matin, 4 juin 1986 […]
… and neither for war nor for business! A collaboration between the Cirque du Soleil, Verity Studios and ETH Zurich. “Intimacy, wonder, playfulness and grace… Is there a future for this in the performing arts? Absolutely, we’re just getting started.” – Raffaello D’Andrea, Professor at ETH Zurich, Founder of Verity Studios AG – “Each of the quadcopters that you see in the film has a name, a personality and even some element of motivation.” Welby Altidor, Montreal, Canada (Executive Director of Creations/Executive Creative Director/Creative Content at Cirque du Soleil) [Clips Included]
My Review: Based on real events, the film follows the separate lives of three Cairo women – played by three compelling actresses.
At first each story is presented as a single strand; slowly though, as through the perspective of some Brechtian “Distancing/Alienation Effect,” each saga ends up related to the others.
As the women meet each other, sexual harassment appears to be the pervasive and inescapable fabric of Egyptian culture, and once more, the personal becomes political.
The tension between oppressive conditions and the need to rebel has been portrayed cinematically many times before (as in such classics as Eisenstein’s Potemkin and Ruy Guerra’s Os Fuzis), but here, in the land of the Arab Spring, the awakening of consciousness of this small band of amazon warriors makes for a most resounding thriller. With the ENTIRE MOVIE (now that SLIFF is over) – From the filmmaker, Mohamed Diab’s YouTube channel! […]
Before taking his vow of fasting during the UN Warsaw Conference on Global Warming: “To anyone who continues to deny the reality that is climate change, I dare you to get off your ivory tower and away from the comfort of you armchair. I dare you to go to the islands of the Pacific, the islands of the Caribbean and the islands of the Indian ocean and see the impacts of rising sea levels; to the mountainous regions of the Himalayas and the Andes to see communities confronting glacial floods, to the Arctic where communities grapple with the fast dwindling polar ice caps, to the large deltas of the Mekong, the Ganges, the Amazon, and the Nile where lives and livelihoods are drowned, to the hills of Central America that confronts similar monstrous hurricanes, to the vast savannas of Africa where climate change has likewise become a matter of life and death as food and water becomes scarce. Not to forget the massive hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern seaboard of North America. And if that is not enough, you may want to pay a visit to the Philippines right now… In Doha, we asked ‘If not us then who? If not now, then when? If not here, then where?’ (borrowed from Philippine student leader Ditto Sarmiento during Martial Law – Ed. AND borrowed from Hillel, the famous rabbi).” Integral Transcription Included [ …]