I was sent this link the other day by one of the women who work in my department at Vita:
I loved the photographs and the intention behind them. I immediately wanted to share them and have now down so.
The next video is one by Will Young, who by the way has been a spokesperson for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities. He's not very well known in North America, to our loss I think. His 'Leave Right Now' video is one of my favourite music videos of all time. The one here is his latest release. There is something here that really touches me - you have to wait to the end to get to that part - and I thought, as I have little time right now to post, I'd simply share this too ...
So, that's it for a blog today. As many of you are reading this, Joe and I are in the skies over the Atlantic. I we'll be arriving in the evening and heading straight to the hotel. We'll be in the pub there moments after arriving. Then starts the trip.
I'll post a regular blog sometime tomorrow, all things being equal.
What a fantastic way to start a Friday. Thanks for both videos.
Excellent photo project, and ways of seeing the various individuals and their passions. I hope that more photos from participants continue, akin to the way RachelCreative has done it perhaps.
Dave: while in the UK, knowing your passion for Down's children during occupied Europe in WWII, I recommend getting the French film on DVD called, The Round Up. It is available on Amazon.co.uk, or in Virgin stores, I imagine (French, Yiddish, Polish with subtitles in English). It details the round-up of the Jews in Paris, and does include actors with Downs to represent those 'collected'. As it is only available for $50 here, and still region 2, I don't think you have seen it. however, a region free DVD player or your computer using a program like AnyDVD (free trial), will have it playing without difficulty.
I hope you have a good time and success on your lectures.
Video #1: 2:07-2:09...purely from a visual/artistic perspective, I could have looked at that all day. The modern Milkmaid, my favourite master ever.
Video #2: I wasn't totally sure which part you meant, but anyway this video cracked my hard candy shell...curse you Dave for making me snivel over an aging border collie when I'm supposed to be writing! Argh!
We're here safe and sound. Blog written for tomorrow, bed calls. Elizabeth, I will look for that DVD, it sounds terrific. Have you heard of 'Sarah's Key' and amazing film that disappeared without much notice - something that happens often with movies who's only special effects are acting and writing - it sounds like it covers some of the same ground, without the disability angle though. Thanks, i'll look for it. We have an all regions player so no problem there. Night all.
Dave: I think the difference between Sarah's Key is that it was based on a bestselling book. This film, was based on the actual survivors, who in the extra's are talked to, and introduced with the cast. The casting of the children is shown, as well as those who were there are still live in what it known today as the Jewish Plaza (what used to be the ghetto). It covers all children as well as the complicity of the government, and acts of passive and active resistance by local French. Disability is not a central theme, but wheelchairs and children of all mobility and diversity are shown. Reno plays a jewish doctor in the camp, and the only child survivor from the round-up helped construct the script. This one, due to the investigation of minute details, the use of as much historical footage as possible, and camp survivors from the round up as consultants make this a film for those interested in the event and period, historically. To see an actor with Downs in a film on the camps, and knowing your interest, I thought to let you know of it. I found it is available in the US for $38.95 through Amazon. Another film not released due to dubbing cost issues I would guess. Some of the jokes regarding the three stars of sabbath, and the other insights into a normal life, realistic jewish life, along with the spectrum of reactions. The director and producer wanted authenticity on an event about Paris that they felt important. Many of the crowd scenes are not scripted at all, simply improvised with the children. I do think you would enjoy it.
The photo exhibit is absolutly stunning. Incredible in its ordinariness, if that makes sense.
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I'm rather dubiously commenting after the escorts from mumbai... but I hadn't had a chance to watch the videos till now. LOVED. And re-posted today. Hopefully with your blessing.
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