… 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]Read More
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.
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 [ …]Read More
At the edges of the art world and its fetishisation, and banking on it. Make sure you check out The Sirens of the Lambs. & a summary of some of Banksy’s work (“guerilla art”) at the very bottom of the page – BETTER OUT THAN IN – October 2013 – An Artists Residency on the Streets of New York – All pictures painted inside, in the studio, will never be as good as those done outside. Paul Cézanne – Consists of Excerpts from Banksy’s Site (mostly).[…]Read More
My review of Family Talk/Fambul Tok: Through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission – the TRC (cf. resources) – South Africa took the courageous steps to face and uncover the truth of its violent past, here Sierra Leone, through Tambul Tok, goes even further.
When considering that the family – in its extended meaning – requires a coming together of victim and perpetrator; how can we live together and incorporate what everyone would rather forget but cannot?
What does it take to forgive? Once more Africa has much to teach the world.
A few of the voices:
“For many years I’ve been thinking about this hidden pain in my heart. — we have been living together as brothers and sisters — I never spoke to anyone because it was a very fearful situation — There is no love between us”