Radioactive Wolves

English. 52 mins 09s.

What happens to nature after a nuclear accident? And how does wildlife deal with the world it inherits after human inhabitants have fled? The historic nuclear accident at Chernobyl is now 25 years old. Filmmakers and scientists set out to document the lives of the packs of wolves and other wildlife thriving in the dead zone that still surrounds the remains of the reactor.

The Children of Gaza: Samouni Street

Please watch this.

2011. 12 mins 56s. English subtitles

The story of 4 kids of the extended Samouni family in Gaza. With animated drawings they express what happened to them and their family during operation ‘Cast Lead’.

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The Cabbage Fairy

silent. 1896. 57 seconds.

Alice Guy-Blaché (1873-1986) the daughter of a bookseller spent her childhood in Switzerland, Chile and France. She went on to study typing and shorthand and was later hired by Léon Gaumont’s photographic company in France. In 1895, she accompanied Gaumont to an invited demonstration of the 35mm camera by the Lumiere Brothers. She borrowed Gaumont’s camera and at a time people were filming street scenes, she set out to write, film, and direct a fictional piece depending on her ‘amateur’ explorations in theatre and amazement for the craft. La Fée aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy), is a folktale very similar to the birds and bees and stork stories that adults have been spinning for ages for children who can’t resist to ask, ‘Where do babies come from?’ It released in 1896, evidently making her the first woman motion picture director, and sold amazingly 80 copies. On that note, a wonderful book to explain ‘sex and babies’ to children (click on image to see in flipkart.com) –

Some reading – 

The Rise and Fall of Alice Guy-Blaché – an informative biography of the filmmaker posted in a rather fantastic blog on feminism and film, Alice in Action.
Alice Guy Blaché: The Research and Books of Alison McMahan – a very important collection of resources on the filmmaker, the research on which the biography mentioned above is largely based on, but some dates differ.
Color in the Movies – Part 2 – the Chronochrome – a good essay on one of Léon Gaumont’s major inventions and significant contributions to the world of cinema in a very coherent blog on early talkies ‘Talkie King’ by Jonas Nordin.

KOODANKULAM PUBLIC HEARING: LIVE STREAM

Watch LIVE STREAM of May 14. 2012 Public hearing – Koodankulam & State Suppression of Democratic Rights.
Presided by Justice (Retd) A.P. Shah, former Chief Justice (Madras and Delhi High Courts) & Geeta Ramaseshan, Senior Advocate, Madras High Court, Prof. Prabha Kalvimani
Testimonies by Prashant Bhushan, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court, Sam Rajappa, Senior Journalist, Chennai & residents of Idinthakarai, Koodankulam and surrounding areas
VENUE: Lawrence Sundaram Hall, Loyola College, Sterling Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai
DATE/TIME: 14 May, 2012. (Monday) 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Organised by: Chennai Solidarity Group for Koodankulam Struggle

UPDATE: The link to the live stream channel has some recorded videos from May 14 2012 Public hearing.  We will post a summary this week. Below, are some links to the news coverage of the Public Hearing: 

+ DNA: FORMER DELHI HC CJ TO HIGHLIGHT KUDANKULAM ISSUE AT NHRC

+ ZEE NEWS: FORMER HC CJ TO HIGHLIGHT KUDANKULAM ISSUE AT NHRC

+ THE HINDU: JURY WANTS GOVERNMENT TO DROP CASES AGAINST ANTI NUCLEAR ACTIVISTS 

+ TIMES OF INDIA: ANTI-NUCLEAR PROTESTERS WITHDREW FAST

+ DECCAN HERALD: TN POLICE SLAMMED FOR FILING CASES AGAINST KNPP PROTESTERS

+ THE HINDU: ANTI-NUCLEAR PROTESTERS HEED JUSTICE SHAH’S CALL, END FAST

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the spirit of idealism

Alfredo goes to Madrid with a handmade marionette and a dream of creating “a performance which is freer, straight from the heart, capable of making people feel alive.” He quits school after a spat with a professor on his psychoanalytic methods, evocatively pronouncing why acting –

To do something for me and for others. Acting because it’s a form of human connection, a way to reach understanding and comprehension. That’s why… I’d love to change this fucked-up world. And I think there’s still time.

A Spanish filmmaker, Achero Manas, like a documentary, follows the life of this radical (yet fictional) street theatre group born from Alfredo’s ideals and friendships:

For a year now, we’ve found artistes all around the world struggling with survival, space, interaction and political dialogue. We saw photoshop memes, invisible men, large community darkrooms, walls with dreams and much more. This film envelops almost all of our dilemmas: Survival vs Ideals, Freedom vs Appropriate, Us vs. Law.

In retrospective, the film explores November’s dilemmas with commodification of art and the revolutionary potential of art for personal and social change.

You have to watch the film for Achero Manas’ impeccable storytelling, Oscar Jaenada’s and everyone’s performance, and for the various ideas and questions its throws at us.

another day?

We were looking around to see what we could start this week with, when Rahul, our friend, suggested the beautiful self-portrait of Mickey Smith, Dark Side of the Lens.

carpe diem

Life is something I was raised to embrace. Me ma always encouraged us to open our eyes and heart to the world. Make up our minds through experience and be inspired.

I see life in angles, in lines of perspective – the slow turn of a head, the blink of an eye, subtle glimpses of magic – other folk might pass by. Cameras help me translate, interpret and understand what I see. It’s a simple act that keeps me grinnin’. I never set out to become anything in particular, only to live creatively and push the scope of my experience for adventure and for passion. They still all mean something to me, same as most anyone with dreams. My heart bleeds celtic blood and I magnetize the familiar frontiers. The raw brutal cold coastlands for the right waveriders to challenge – this is where my heart beats hardest.

For fires of happiness and waves of gratitude. For everything that brought us to that point on earth at that moment in time, to do something worth remembering with a photograph, or a scar -I feel genuinely lucky and hand on heart say I love doing what I do. And I may never be a rich man, or live long enough, then sadly I have a tale or two for the nephews. And I dig the thought of that.

transcribed by Dan Coleman in Open Culture.

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