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Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow: “Truth is Always Unbearable”

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in Action, Afri, Art, Asia, Care, Death, Doc, France, Genocide, Health, Human Rights, Jewish, Magyar, Middle-East, Peace, Politics, Racism, Review, Roma, The Future, Travel, US, Violence, Wars, World |

“The film never can tell the truth, the truth is always unbearable.” — Ai Weiwei. My review: “Many words like ‘humanitarian crisis’ or ‘refugees’ conceal great human tragedies; the news channels remind us daily that despair is at our doors but everything remains abstract – overall we do not know. With the type of fearlessness that landed him in jail, the internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist, Ai WeiWei, insists though, as he often does, that we face reality, however disturbing it may be.
As someone whose family was exiled within China – like Tarkovsky, his father was a famous poet – Ai knows his topic well. But he is aware that the crisis is global – the result: a monument of a film, 23 countries in 140 minutes (out of 900 hours of footage) […]

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Judgement in Hungary (US Premiere!)

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Doc, Magyar, Racism, Roma, Site, STL, Violence |

This free screening, the US Premiere of a riveting courtroom drama documentary that has played in front of the European and the Hungarian Parliament and on French, German and Canadian television (besides other countries), will take place at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum Sunday March 26 at 1 p.m. “Judgement in Hungary” – Filmmaker Eszter Hajdú spent three years following the trial of four men charged with killing Roma children and adults, motivated by “racial hatred.” The young filmmaker and her crew documented the 167 days of hearings in this intense, award-winning drama set in a small court room in Budapest, Hungary. Having played in 32 countries and the recipient of 19 international awards, the film has been broadcast in Switzerland, Germany, France, Netherlands […]

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A Petition for Hungary to Confront its Past

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Action, Education, History, Human Rights, Jewish, Magyar, Politics, Racism, Roma, Shoah, Spectacle, Time |

Support us in our protest against the Budapest monument planned to commemorate the German invasion of Hungary in March 1944. Reject the government’s abdication of Hungarian responsibility for the wartime treatment of Hungarian Jewish and Gypsy citizens in the course of the Holocaust … The symbolism of the piece is Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government’s attempt to whitewash history and ignore the fact that Hungary willingly, without coercion, joined the Second World War on the side of the German Reich … The present government has to take responsibility for the mass murder of its own HUNGARIAN Jews and Gypsies and not shift the entire blame on the invading Germans.[…]

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Garry Davis = Citizen of the World #1: 1921– 2013

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Asia, Books, Death, Eco, Highlights, Hispanic, Human Rights, Humor, Ideas, Idées, Jewish, Middle-East, Native, Peace, Poet, Politics, Roma, Travel, US, Wars, Women, World, Youth |

Davis, a provocateur for peace who drew followers as respected as Albert Einstein and Albert Schweitzer while roaming the world with papers of his own making, died July 24 at age 91.
… Eleanor Roosevelt lauded him in her newspaper column. He spoke at a rally and drew cheers from 20,000 Parisians…
“Mr. Davis has stowed away on ships, sneaked across borders, shuttled back and forth on trains between one country and another, and has been forced to fly countless air hours in different directions because no country would let him off a plane,” wrote columnist Art Buchwald in 1957.
“If I could show that it was possible for me to survive in the world without papers, cross frontiers without a passport and conduct myself as a free human being without benefit of any national credentials, I would be striking a blow at the very heart of nationalism itself.” G.D. […]

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