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I liked all the films especially the one for Superman [“This is Joe”] and the last one which was longer [“ Frontman ”]. I look forward to at...

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Monday, October 31, 2022

Crossing Borders: Spotlight on "Finding Lulu"

Finding Lulu Synopsis: "After learning about the culture of school shootings in America, Lulu's Kenyan community bands together to prepare her for life in U.S. schools."

Director (Gayatri Kumar) Statement: "I'm a proud American. I believe my country is considered to be number one for a reason. But this American passport quickly begins to lose value if our children's safety doesn't rank number one too."

In a Psychology Today article, Michael Friedman, Ph.D writes that Dee Snider's "greatest contribution is that he has publicly and directly challenged the stereotypes that heavy metal musicians and fans faced since the inception of the art form - with heavy metal musicians and fans stereotyped as unintelligent and dangerous."

How dangerous? So dangerous that Marilyn Manson was accused of causing the Columbine massacre.

In "Columbine: Whose Fault is it?" Marilyn Manson speaks out:

"When it comes down to who's to blame for the high school murders in Littleton, Colorado, throw a rock and you'll hit someone who's guilty. We're the people who sit back and tolerate children owning guns, and we're the ones who tune in and watch the up-to-the-minute details of what they do with them."

Marilyn Manson wrote the article in 1999, the year that the Matrix was released, when Yahoo was still king of the Internet, before MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok. 

Marilyn Manson goes on to point out that:

"We applaud the creation of a bomb whose sole purpose is to destroy all of mankind and we grow up watching our president's brains splattered all over Texas. Times have not become violent. They have just become more televised. Does anyone think the Civil War was the least bit civil? If television had existed, you would be sure they would have been there to cover it, or maybe even participate in it, like their violent car chase of Princess Di. Disgusting vultures looking for corpses..."

In February 2018, four years before the start of the war in Ukraine, Matt Taibbi wrote an article titled "If we want kids to stop killing, the adults have to stop, too." He begins by writing that: "Over two decades ago, I traveled to a city in the Russian provinces called Rostov-On-Don to interview a psychiatrist named Alexander Bukhanovsky." The caption of the featured photo reads: "Mourners stand during a candlelight vigil for the victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting n Parkland, Florida on February 15, 2018."

Taibbi goes on to list the variety of things that are blamed for gun violence: racism, violent video games, music lyrics and movies.

Fun fact: The end credits song in Finding Lulu is "Bang Bang (My Schoolmate Shot Me Down)", which is based off Nancy Sinatra's rendition of "Bang, Bang". Quentin Tarantino used Nancy Sinatra's version in the Kill Bill opening scene and said: "I think you'll have a hard time hearing that song after seeing the movie and not thinking about the bride lying in the church."

Taibbi asks: "But what about the fact that we're an institutionally violent society whose entire economy has historically been dependent upon the production of weapons?"  He also asks: "And how about the fact that we wantonly (and probably illegally) murder civilians in numerous countries as a matter of routine?"

This is a good time as any to mention the Melilla Massacre. Some would criticize legal immigrants - like Lulu and her family - and illegal immigrants, like the many who have perished as they pursued greener pastures. Those who belong to the critics camp share this sentiment:

"These guys trying to cross over to europe are giving the rest of us africans who stay home and work hard to overcome challenges and improve our motherland. put all that effort into building africa instead of dying like dogs at the hands of the old slave masters. #MelillaMassacre"

In "Immigration is horror" the writer offers a different perspective:

"Thus there are two kinds of immigrants. The ones who leave by choice and the others who do out of necessity. But, often, their reasons and motivations come from the same place: the conditions they live in are no longer sustainable either physically, mentally, or emotionally."

Taibbi remembers Dennis Kucinich "being laughed at by reporters...whenever he talked about...the establishment of a "Department of Peace"... He just happened to believe we should make nonviolent conflict resolution an 'organizing principle in our society.'"

Like all good films do, "Finding Lulu" offers the space to ask more questions and to think about this complex issue from a variety of perspectives. Below is Love Kasim's review of the film:

"Lulu, a primary school pupil, is relocating to California and is nudged by her fellow classmates on why she needs to go to a place where kids get killed every day.

Gun control and firearm use in America is still very much a hot topic. Firearm deaths occur at a rate more than five times higher than drowning.

Lulu embarks on learning about the steps to take if ever in such a situation, calling the police being one of them. The video shows the Police response time and how long it took for the them to take action in Uvalde and it's just dismal to say the least.

She resorts to training with the brave Maasai warriors and masters her inner strength to go through the process.

Some of the drills suggested to help during a school shooting are refuted by the classmates and I think those should be updated realistically.

Despite economic factors, gender, racial, mental health conditions or sexual orientation, everyone has a right to be safe in their classroom and communities and this is what the film is all about .

We should teach children and youth how to minimize social isolation, empathise with others and create a more inclusive and connected school culture."

Watch the "Finding Lulu" trailer in the ROFFEKE World Day for Audio Visual Heritage 2022 playlist.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

ROFFEKE World Day for Audio Visual Heritage 2022

October 27th is World Day for Audio Visual Heritage. This year, like in 2020 and 2021, ROFFEKE will commemorate the day with a YouTube playlist. The theme of the ROFFEKE World Day for Audio Visual Heritage 2022 playlist is inspired by the title of one of the ROFFEKE Official Selection 2022 short films, "Crossing Borders". All the short films in the playlist cross borders in one way or another.

The short film "Crossing Borders" was directed by Chris Wilson and stars the talented Aphiwe Nqevu playing the role of Bhongo Mhlope. "Bhongo Mhlope, A South African immigration agent is on the hunt for a Zimbabwean foreign national who has been scheduled for deportation."

"Thou Shalt Dance" was directed by Abtin Yaghmaian, an animation director based in Tehran. The protagonist crosses the border between normal and abnormal: "In a normal day a normal man finds an abnormal solution for his problem."

Read - Crossing Borders: Finding Lulu and Cuando Haces Pop

Read - Crossing Borders: Forgotten Song and Maldita: A Love Song to Sarajevo

Crossing Borders: Forgotten Song and Maldita: A Love Song to Sarajevo

Forgotten Song, a beautiful, moving and poignant musical, is directed by Monika Grzybowska, a filmmaker who "believes in cinema with a mission."

Synopsis: "A young boy comes to the Friendship Settlement, where the Soviet builders of the Palace of Culture and Science lived in the 1950s, in search of accommodation for his grandparents from Ukraine. Here he meets a girl singing in the choir, who becomes his guide. Seemingly, it is a story about love that cannot happen because of the war in Ukraine, but more deeply it is a story about finding your identity. Music is an integral part of the film. It is not only the background of the events narrated in the film, but its equal protagonist."

Music also plays a big part in "Maldita: A Love Song to Sarajevo", directed by Raul de la Fuente Calle and Amaia Remirez. Below is a review by Love Kassim:

Bozo Vreco is a musician from Bosnia who in this film introduces us to a world of melancholy and sorrow as he explains growing up in a war-torn country and loosing his friend at a young age. The artist recalls the people he knew and the life he might have had if he hadn't gone through such a dismal upbringing. The war in Bosnia is repeatedly highlighted.

Bozo wears his hair long with kohl around his eyes and dresses in Kaftans; he spins around singing on stage. He believes that a person who sings songs of courage should present nothing but honesty to their audience. He further explains just how hard it was navigating as a queer person from a background who’s sound has influenced his music.The catchy melodies mixed with Bozo’s unmistakable voice gives the song an unparalleled softness.

I believe that this is the kind of sound that takes us on a journey through time.

His powerful highs and extra soothing lows plus the interplay of rhythm might blow your mind as the rich texture of the vocals pull you right back into place.

This music is calm yet so powerful.

This is an artist who tells us our most fundamental stories about ourselves and lost loved ones and when you listen to Maldita and watch the whole film in general, those stories are as relevant today as they ever were.

Crossing Borders: Finding Lulu and Cuando Haces Pop

 "There have been 27 school shootings this year. Maybe by October there'll be 30 more." 

So begins the trailer for "Finding Lulu", a short film directed by Gayatri Kumar and produced by Nyakio Wambui. Then we are asked: "How do you prepare for a country that has more guns than people?" Next, we see a Maasai Moran, sharpening a spear, wearing a Kenyan flag bead anklet. Lulu boldly approaches him and demands: "Nifunze kupigana" - Teach me how to fight.

Synopsis: "After learning about the culture of school shootings in America, Lulu's Kenyan community bands together to prepare her for life in U.S. schools."

 The trailer ends with the chant: "Usiue mtu, usiue mtu" - Don't kill anyone.

"Don't kill anyone" applies to Cuando Haces Pop (Once you pop), directed by Kevin Castellano and Edu Hirschfeld. This fun film with a twist in its tail/tale crosses the border between horror and comedy. Below is a review by Love Kassim:

"Cuando Haces Pop" (Once you pop) presents the story of Alicia and Ruth stranded in the middle of nowhere after they got kicked out of a car that was supposedly taking them to a music festival to perform. Once you pop provides a significant evaluation of the difficulties a band will go through just to get their music played, especially if it's made up of females.

They try to hitchhike to the next town and learn the hard way what it would really take to get a lift. Essentially, the film utilizes short, instantaneous and effective scenes that describe and exaggerate how they are limited to doing whatever the guy wants to get said lift.

The best remark I can give about the song is that it’s slowly infectious and one seems to return and replay it often.The song's infectious nature stems from its well-balanced, enticing sound, its positive vibe and its meaningful lyrics. We hear the interwoven styles of traditional punk and hints of pop, which seem seamless. It is difficult to achieve this mix of styles without being corny and Alicia and Ruth seemed to have done that.

I love the irony of the [not included to avoid spoiling the surprise! :-)] and actually enjoying their music.