We teach life, Sir

Rafeef Ziadah is a Canadian-Palestinian spoken word artist and activist. Her debut CD Hadeel is dedicated to Palestinian youth, who still fly kites in the face of F16 bombers, who still remember the names if their villages in Palestine and still hear the sound of Hadeel (cooing of doves) over Gaza.

2011, 4mins 39s

The Union – The Business Behind Getting High

We started our day with these words: marijuana history 101. After many people suggesting ‘The Union‘, here it is finally –

104mins, English

The giant hidden business of British-Columbia weed minting $7 million Canadian, is explored by Brett Harvey and Adam Scorgie. Why is marijuana illegal? Should it be legalized and taxed? This film asks this and much more…

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Jamie Lo, small and shy by Lillian Chan

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NFB 2006, 7 mins 48s

A lovely story about a little girl who has to deal with her father leaving out of town in search of work. Many of us have been kids whose parents who have desperately left countries in search of new futures. This movie handles that dilemma, but in a genuine childlike manner that only animation seems to manage. Jamie Lo needs to cope with her dad’s absence and finds a way too.

Reviews, Interviews and Porn

Savita

Discreet and conspicuous as they are, we had our doubts about getting in touch with the Savita Bhabhi team. Probably, it is just about throwing the right questions on to their side, and in a week Deshmukh (pseudonym) was back with answers.

Where are they from? Some say, California and the other say New Zealand. Though, we don’t probe all the much, I was wondering, with Pornography being illegal in India, where are they? Obviously, they are clever, because he says, “Faraway! Not from New Zealand or from India. My company is registered in the EU and our servers are in US. So the question of legality never arose, since porn (or adult entertainment, as the more politically correct term goes) is legal in both these places.”

If faraway, then why will they narrow down on a hot Indian porn star comic?

“But, I am a second generation Indian who has a good grasp of Indian popular culture, and hence the choice of an Indian market and character. It’s quite natural,” he adds.

Clever, witty and passionate are all combined aspects of these characters. They chose the most popular porn fetish in India ‘hot bhabhis’ (sister-in-laws), and the most famous medium of print entertainment, ‘the comic book’. They combined it and are rising in success, that they need more servers to cope up with the overload of visits!

Whatever their successes, their ride is a hard and rickety one. Law suits, Government offences, cultural disputes, one could keep listing… But, can we add lucky to their badge? “Actually, apart from a few press articles rumoring that the Govt. of India was going to ban SB, we haven’t faced any opposition at all. If anything, I have been pleased with the way the mainstream media has embraced SB and seen it for what it truly is,” they’ve done it.

Cultures are myriads, especially, the one with so many prejudices and confused traditions, that of India. Is that why Savita Bhabhi wears her Mangal Sutra even during sexual-escapades? It has a perfect reason, he adds.

“The mangalsutra is a defining symbol for a married Indian woman. It’s left on to amplify the ‘Indianess’ of SB.”

“But, we have read articles holding us solely responsible for corrupting the moral fibre of modern India. Quite a tall order, I should say,” he talks on how India handles its culture. “This is the main problem with our culture today. We need to blame other. You do not need a SB or a porn film to corrupt minds. These protectors of morality are the same people who will leer even at a fully dressed woman shopping at a grocery store. SB was launched only a year ago whereas internet porn is ten years old! And, Indian rowdies and their eve teasing take a longer history to their credit. Do they still have to blame us for moral degradation.”

He asks, “Why do we need to close our minds and denounce anything that makes us think as evil? We need to do the opposite!”

They take their responsibilities serious too. If denying moral degradation on one side, they also put some sense into people’s heads. Instead of a warning page, they have a trustworthy Parental Block Site available to block the site for their children. “We felt we’d rather do something concrete about it.” And once in a while, SB Says (printable poster) is released to use SB’s popularity to spread good social awareness. Hopefully, they have something about condoms up soon!

Has the way Indian society(ies) conceive sex changed? “Till a few years back, sex was completely taboo. But now with the internet, bollywood and interaction of world cultures, I hope we can one day get to a stage where India is sexually liberated and we realize that sex is not something bad, but only natural.”

But the way the stories go in SB, do you think it will reitirate those men who think of women as sexual products? “Quite the contrary! What we are trying to show via SB is that sex isn’t only something a man wants from a woman. It’s a two way street – woman need pleasure as much as men. If we can get this through to at least 50% of our viewers, I swear you will see a whole lot more of happy women in India. 😉

With that dream tossed at women, Deshmukh signs off answering a typical question with a typical answers. Will her husband find out? What are the further plans? Movies or novels? And he types, “That only time can tell.”

Enjoy!!

An interview by Samyuktha PC