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I have read the news over the last few days with frustration and a bit of angst. The situation in Syria is spiraling out of control and threatens to become a wider war, perhaps even a world war. Over the course of these events, I have contemplated writing an article about my thoughts, but I worried that the article would be too big of a rant. I decided to make a video this morning as my best contribution to the discussion:
Thanks to Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign for organizing this demonstration.
Tags: Activism, Conflict, Demonstration, Dublin, Gaza, Gaza Strip, Ireland, Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Israel, News, Operation Pillar of Defense, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Politics, Protest, Video, War
‘The feelings of my smallness and my nothingness’, said Pope John Paul II, ‘always kept me in good company’.
I’m confident that Alan Watts, the Western Buddhist philosopher who speaks in this short film, would wholeheartedly agree with the former Pope.
Tags: Alan Watts, Bray, Buddha, Buddhism, Dingle Peninsula, Film, Film-work, Greystones, Ireland, Mount Brandon, Nothingness, Philosophy, Pope John Paul II, Rural Ireland, Short film, Spirituality, Video
I find this song inspiring. My favourite part comes at 3:10.
Journey into America should be required viewing for all Americans and Muslims worldwide. For this reason I have started the initiative One Film 9/11. The purpose of this initiative is to screen Journey into America in as many places of religious worship around the world on September 11th, 2013 in the hope of improving relations between American and Muslims.
We learned through Innocence of Muslims that one film can make a difference in the way Americans and Muslims perceive each other. Now is the time for Journey into America to make the difference, but for the better. If you want to help, please join One Film 9/11 at onefilm911.wordpress.com.
Writing: Press Release
What does that thing on the wall mean to people? Is it a terrorist? The Taliban? A Muslim spy?
Or is it just a piece of art? Is it a character from the Simpsons? What exactly does it mean?
I head to the mural with camera in hand to gage how people interpret Os Gemeos.
August 24, 2012 Politics: President of Ireland calls American Tea Partier ‘a wanker wipping up fear’ and more
The President of Ireland Michael D Higgins eviscerated ardent US Republican radio broadcaster Michael Graham over issues like healthcare and foreign policy. Read more here.
The world can easily be turned upside down. Old cultures and civilizations can be uprooted at the flick of a switch. Do you ever wonder about previous cultures? Do you ponder their origins and what made them tick? What happened to them? Did we learn from them?
Sometimes you have to get lost to be found. Sometimes you have to lose your sense of direction to regain it. Sometimes you desire to go back to a bygone era. Sometimes the difficulties in the past do not seem so grave now.
What are the signs which show us the way? Have we gone too far? Have we not learned enough?
What happened to trusting the instinct of nature? What about beings bonding? What happened to trust?
We have maps. We have journeys. There are paths. But is there a reward?
Have you ever thought that we have lost our way as a species? Have we become too rational? Have we lost touch?
Today we stand at a civilizational crossroads. Are we going down the right paths? Are we progressing forward? Are we overusing and eroding the natural things in life? Why should nature respect man if man does not respect nature?
August 10, 2012 Video: Road-trip to Maghera Beach and Port in Northwest Ireland (Over ‘Orange Sky’ by Alexi Murdoch)
I have finally edited the video that I captured when Mel and I went to visit the areas around Glencolumbkille in Donegal. I decided to use ‘Orange Sky‘ by Alexi Murdoch as a backdrop to this short but sweet clip which, I hope, captures the serenity and grandeur of the area. At times the clip moves fast and other times slow. Towards the end I focus on one clip – partly because I ran out of material to make this work. It was the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen. Even better than the one I caught at Oia on Santorini island. I hope you enjoy.
- The other night I had the opportunity to attend my second iftar of 2012 at the American Islamic Congress over on Newbury Street in Boston. This was a community iftar (the previous one I attended had the theme of South Asian) that welcomed a graduate student from Northeastern who demonstrated his fine tar skills. The tar is an important and popular Persian instrument with very fine strings. In fact tar ( تار) itself means ‘string’ in Persian. The evening was topped-off with some delicious Persian food. I was lucky to have chatted with an Egyptian-born photographer who had her exceptional photographs of Ramadan in Egypt displayed on the walls, a young American student who just came back from studying in Kuwait for the State Department, and a half-Persian, half-Pakistani man who discussed with me the importance of the Abrahamic tradition in interfaith dialogue. All-in-all, it was a great evening with my Muslim and non-Muslim neighbours. Just as I had expected!
August 7, 2012 Video/commentary: Will there be a radicalization of white people hearing on Capitol Hill?
More summer fun in the Considine kitchen. I love to tease her. She busted out the wooden spoon like the ol’days.
This is what sociologists call microaggression:
‘Why isn’t there a White Entertainment Television?’
‘Jews were slaves too, but you don’t hear us complaining about it all the time…’
‘You can say the N word but I can’t? How is that okay?’
‘He’s so cute for a black guy’.
‘The thing I like about them is like they aren’t stereotypical black people…’
‘It’s almost like you’re not black’.
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I will never forget the first time I heard this song – over dinner on a brilliant, 11th century château in the southern France countryside.
Professor Akbar Ahmed speaks about the difficult quandary in present day Pakistan, especially in the Tribal Areas. Be on the lookout for his forthcoming book The Thistle and the Drone (to be published by Brookings Institution Press in the spring of 2013).
I am trying to be more creative. Rather than writing something, I have decided to speak something.
Tags: Egypt, Huma Abedin, Islam, Islamist, Lies, Michele Bachmann, Muslim Brotherhood, News, Opinion, Politics, Propaganda, Radical, Republican, Ridiculous, Tea Party, United States Department of State, Video
Texas Representative Louie Gohmert is one of several members of Congress who decided (stupidly) to sign the now infamous ‘Bachmann letter’, which accused Huma Abedin‘s PARENTS for being the reason the ‘Muslim Brotherhood‘ has ‘infiltrated’ the US State Department. Yes, you read that correctly. Abdein’s PARENTS have successfully infiltrated the US State Department.
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I booked a flight back home to Boston in March 2012. My sister, the only person who knew of the booking, and I devised a clever plan to surprise my parents. I put together this short clip to ‘Lovely Allen’ by Holy Fuck. Watch the video and tell me whether you think Holy Fuck is fitting?
One of my best friends Jonathan Doar (we call him JD) is an exceptional chef who appeared on the Food Network’s popular show Chopped (This fact alone sets him a part from most chefs out there). JD’s clearly a young, enthusiastic, and of course up-and-coming chef in the ranks. Now that he has spent the past many months learning ‘on the ground’ around Italy, he’s even more experienced than ever before, as this video definitely demonstrates.
JD begins his demonstration (or should I say teaching lesson?) by visiting local shops to pick out the different types of food he’s going to cook up. (On a side note, I love the shops he visits and I haven’t even been there. They feel local and homey as I sit here in damp and cold Dublin. I want to visit them! I’m of Italian heritage and still haven’t made my way to Italia, even after spending three of the past four years living in Europe. Shame on me. I know). Following his visit to the local shops, JD moves to the countryside, where he picks things naturally from the environment. How cool is that? Pretty legit if I say so myself.
JD’s cooking demonstration begins at 1:30 in the video (But don’t forget to watch his clever introduction). As he notes, Bosa, Sardegna at La Cucina di Bosa is his site. He describes it as ‘a small town on the West coast of Sardegna’ (I can only imagine how awesome that is). The two foods JD’s dealing with is eel (a baby eel at that) and fresh sardines (fitting considering he’s in Sardegna…)
Without spoiling the video, I won’t go into further detail. I suggest you just watch. I was certainly entertained. And impressed.
‘A GOOD MAN CANNOT BE HARMED IN LIFE OR IN DEATH’ – SOCRATES
I rented a cheap little car and was told ‘not to go off-roading’. But what did that mean? What is considered ‘off-roading’? These are two questions I certainly contemplated before taking the car down a dangerous path to the famous and isolated Kambia Beach in the middle-of-nowhere, Santorini. Would I make the car back up the road? Was I going to drive off the cliff? Obviously, I didn’t drive off the cliff because I wouldn’t be writing this. But you should still watch this short 8 minute clip.
Stumbled across this powerful voice on the street while coming home from a night out on the town. Quite impressive, though I can’t translate one word.
Hagia Sophia was perhaps the most beautiful building I’ve ever seen in person. This mosaic of Jesus was one of my favourite parts of the trip.
I shot this in December 2011
It’s a true shame I can’t remember its name, but like most mosques in Istanbul, this one was beautiful. The best part of the visit was the complete silence (though that really doesn’t come across in this video). Strangely, you will also notice the banging going on in the background. I feel like it’s well suited. I don’t remember it being that loud. I just remember the serenity. Strange how that works.
Why do I like ‘Baraka’ so much? Perhaps it’s because it has absolutely no story line, or at least not an overt one. The film also has no actors per se. Nor does it have a script or dialogue. In essence, ’Baraka’ has the power to make you emotional solely with cinema.
I’ve cut and pasted a small blurb from topdocumentaryfilms.com:
Fricke’s camera ranges, in meditative slow motion or bewildering time-lapse, over the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, the Ryoan-Ji temple in Kyoto, Lake Natron in Tanzania, burning oil fields in Kuwait, the smoldering precipice of an active volcano, a busy subway terminal, tribal celebrations of the Masai in Kenya, chanting monks in the Dip Tse Chok Ling monastery…and on and on, through locales across the globe. To execute the film’s time-lapse sequences, Fricke had a special camera built that combined time-lapse photography with perfectly controlled movements.
I highly recommend you watch ‘Baraka’. Make sure you’re in a calm and quiet environment so you can soak it up entirely.
My sister, Ali, passed on this video to me the other day. She said it reminded her of me and how I’d be able to pull off a similar feat. Doubtful, but I’d love to try. Perhaps I’ll give it a shot as I head to Greece in a few weeks. I’ll have my video camera in hand, no doubt, but I can’t imagine ever toping this…
Near the beginning, the clip mentions that Nike asked the main character to make a movie about what it means to ‘Make It Count’ (that’s the title of the clip). However, the main character and his buddy, Max, who shot and edited the clip, never made the video and instead ‘spent the entire budget traveling around the world’. I’m not entirely sure if they’re being sarcastic or what. In total, the trip took 10 days to complete.
One of the best features of the clip = the inspirational quotes running throughout.
The clip is well-done and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope you do too.