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Salgado & The Salt of the Earth – a review

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Art, Care, Death, Doc, Eco, Film, France, Highlights, Human Rights, Native, Now, Peace, Photo, Politics, Racism, Review, Spectacle, STL, Travel, Wars, Women, World | 0 comments

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. — Henry David Thoreau. My review: Like Don McCullin, another photographer who has been on the alert for a very long time, Sebastião Salgado cares very much about the entire planet. SalgadoSML Salgado with the statuesque features of a Greek oracle figure looks straight at us; what is to be revealed?
As he plunges over and over into the “heart of darkness” without renouncing its splendor, it is as if his own heart’s chambers expand each time. […]

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Timbuktu, The Film

Posted by on Mar 22, 2015 in Film, French, Human Rights, Music, Now, Politics, Review, Violence, Wars | 0 comments

LAST DAY IS THURSDAY! IN ST. LOUIS: 1. My review (an excerpt): As in an African griot’s tale, much simplicity hides much complexity, and as in many African films, time seems to have stopped. The barrenness of the landscapes brings forth the many tragedies of the lands where killing and taking Islam hostage have become the norm. It is not an accident that Timbuktu, beyond having been nominated for the Foreign Film Academy Award and having competed for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, received seven French Césars, like best film and best director (AND best sound, cinematography, editing, music and original screenplay!) – it is a memorable film. AND 2. GETT 3. WILD TALES […]

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DOC: Chechnya Now/La Tchétchénie Maintenant

Posted by on Mar 15, 2015 in Death, Doc, French, Human Rights, Now, Politics, Violence, Wars, Women | 0 comments

“Tchétchénie, Une Guerre Sans Traces.” Manon Loizeau retourne en Tchétchénie 20 ans plus tard. Un film avec beaucoup de courage, devant et derrière la caméra. – “Chechnya, A War Without Traces.” Manon Loizeau returns to Chechnya 20 years later. A film with much courage, in front and behind the camera. Highly recommended too: Nino Kirtadze’s Chechen Lullaby.[…]

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Stupidity Kills – La Bêtise Tue [Not just an expression – Pas seulement une expression]

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Death, France, Human Rights, Humor, Ideas, Idées, Politics, Site, Wars | 0 comments

September 11 for France: its heart has been shot, execution style. No More Laughter in France – On Arrête de Rire en France – Among the twelve killed today in Paris… Parmi les douze tués aujourd’hui à Paris: CABU & WOLINSKI — an institution – Le cœur de la France a été poignardé… Much more about Cabu and Wolinski […]

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Syria: Outrage Is Not Enough

Posted by on Nov 29, 2014 in Action, Doc, Genocide, Human Rights, Middle-East, Now, Photo, Politics, Racism, US, Wars, World | 2 comments

“‘I and millions of Syrians feel depressed when we see that the killer of thousands of prisoners is left unchecked… I have risked my life and the life of my immediate family, and even exposed my relatives to extreme danger, in order to stop the systematic torture that is practiced by the regime against prisoners,” Caesar wrote. “What is it that you can possibly do to prevent the killing, especially since there are more than 150,000 prisoners in the jails of the regime awaiting this black fate?” – Caesar was photographing accident scenes for the military police when the Syrian conflict erupted. He and several fellow photographers soon found themselves photographing dozens of bodies a day, many of which displayed signs of torture. Convinced that he was documenting war crimes, Caesar downloaded copies of the photos on thumb drives, sneaked them out of his office and transferred them to a hard drive, keeping a grisly record of the deaths for more than two years. But when asked to train a successor, he became alarmed that the government might be on to him, and he defected, taking a hard drive that he says documents more than 10,000 deaths.” […]

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