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In the summer of 2009 I travelled to Sorèze, an enchanted village in the south of France. The purpose of the trip was to screen my documentary Journey into America at the Culture and Cultures Intercultural International film festival at the Château de Padiès, a mansion built on the site of a former castle, located in the outskirts of the village of Lempaut in the department of Tarn.
Denis Piel, an internationally acclaimed photographer who directs the film festival, was kind enough to put me up at the Abbaye Ecole in Sorèze, a hotel which is close to beautiful mountains and spotted with quaint village houses and medieval stones streets.
According to its website, the Abbey was built sometime in the 700s and was later pillaged and destroyed by the Normans in the 10th century. It was restored and enjoyed a period of prosperity. Razed to the ground in the 16th century during the Wars of Religion, in the 17th century it was rebuilt once again, affiliated to the Congregation of Saint-Maur and dedicated to “Our Lady of Peace.”
The picture of Ecole’s gate is one I snapped upon arrival in Sorèze. So peaceful!
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Melony and I are off to Crag Shore B & B in Lahinch. In searching for directions from Dublin, I’ve learned that it has no address. Crag Shore is really off the beaten path. Maybe the GPS location on its website will guide us there?
God willing, this will be a memorable weekend. The Micah Russell Traditional Music Festival will be going on, so we can count on some great music and a lively pub atmosphere at O’Connor’s in Doolin.
Getting out of Dublin is necessary at this moment. Both of us are in desperate need of fresh air, quiet surroundings, and friendlier people. Melony is also bringing a few of her cameras, so we will come back with fantastic photographs.
Heading out to County Clare is always special for me. My great-grandfather was born in the small village of Lisdoonvarna, which is nearby Lahinch. Every time I head out there, I feel as if I’ve been there before. It’s spooky!
I’m back to instructing tutorials for the course “Introduction to Sociology” at the freshers level. I’ve instructed these tutorials in 2010 and 2011, so it’s fairly familiar material. The blog I had created for the students seemed to be a big hit, so I think I’ll continue with it. Maybe I’ll use Twitter a bit more this year.
I hope to get One Film 9/11 going again. There’s a good chance that we’ll be screening “Journey into America” at the House of Lords, Cambridge University and Oxford University. There may also be a few more screenings around Europe.
I’ll also be continuing on with my interviews and fieldwork for my Ph.D. I’ve nearly finished with the semi-structured interviews and focus groups here in Dublin. There are a few events which I’ll be participating in, so I’m excited for that.
Mel and I are likely to take a few trips around Ireland. I want to head to Lahinch and chill around the Cliffs of Moher. We shall see. Neither one of us have been to Connemara, so maybe we’ll go there.
I’m sure there will be curveballs along the way. Expect the unexpected.
As many of you may have read in a recent post, Journey into America and the One Film 9/11 interfaith initiative were both warmly received at the U.S. Embassy in London. People of all walks of life approached me after the screening/discussion and shared with me their thoughts as well as how inspired they were with its messages. Some of the warmest remarks came from Ambassador Stephenson, who said that Journey into America proves that ‘where there is greater understanding there is not only tolerance but – even more important – there is hope’.
I’m back in Dublin now and catching up with the contacts that I made in London. Several media outlets are interested in working with me to both screen Journey into America as well as promote One Film 9/11. I’m also writing an article for The Nation (Pakistan) on the U.S. Embassy event; I’ll be publishing it probably in the next week. My time here in Dublin is short-lived as we have to jump back on a quick flight to London on December 12th for a Journey into America screening at SOAS. I’ll be sitting on the panel and taking questions from members of the audience. I hope to see you there if you’re in London.
Thanks for tuning in. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about either Journey into America or the One Film 9/11 interfaith initiative.
Double exposure shot of pier and water at Dún Laoghaire Harbour.