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Peacebuilding and the Arts: a Gathering at Brandeis University

Tomorrow, April 12th I visit  Brandeis University in Waltham, MA for an all-day meeting on Peacebuilding and the Arts.  The gathering is sponsored by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life.

Morning sessions (not open to the public) will be a Peacebuilding and the Arts Think Tank on educating future leaders.

From 2:30 – 3:30 pm I’ll participate in the roundtable for leaders in higher ed in the Mandel Center for Humanities, Reading Room 203.

At 4:00 pm – a screening of and public conversation about the center’s new documentary film Acting Together on the World Stage (see the trailer above) at the Shapiro Campus Center Theater.

Looking forward to this!  Will post more as the event unfolds…

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Sweet Artist…

with some Sweet Thoughts. I’ve had a lovely exploration of Andrea Dorfman’s films this morning:


How to Be Alone:


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Watch This Ad. Laugh Out Loud: A Wittgensteinian Essay on Gender and Media

In his Moral Imagination class, uber peacebuilder John Paul Lederach taught us the usefulness of what he calls a Wittgensteinian Essay for pulling together random ideas that clunk around in your brain before they are fully formed as theory. This is my favorite state of play and these are some of the pathways I use to begin to explore gender and media culture in a way that can be funny, thoughtful, expository and about how defying gender roles makes simply for better storytelling.  What are your thoughts as you explore this collection?

1)  Watch this ad.  Laugh out loud.

2)  In this October 2009 article from The New Yorker, director James Cameron talks about how interesting it is to have a woman play a part written for a man – as he did in Alien/Aliens with Sigourney Weaver.  The article also mentions that the role of the incidental girlfriend is so pervasive in Hollywood – those parts are referred to as “handbags”.

3) Watch the sublime Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth the Golden Age trailer and then talk to me about what defines a hero:

4) Compare the sexuality of Beyonce and Feist in these two music videos which are both around 3 minutes and 20 seconds long.  Watch them side by side.  How are these artists different?  What are they saying??

4)  And why, oh why, oh why does Ok Go’s pink clothing,  white shoes, pot bellies and fey dancing not threaten male sexuality in the least?   I am thrilled about it – but I think if we figure that out – it might help us sort through other elusive gender puzzles.


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La Gaite Lyrique. Enchante.

Pulled this yummy animation from the sublime This Blog Rules website.

La Gaîté Lyrique is the new venue in Paris dedicated to digital arts and new musics. La Gaîté Lyrique , an abandoned 19th century theater is set to is set to become a center for digital arts when it opens in December 2010. The artistic team and Passion Paris director Yves Geleyn have teamed up to create an every animation and 3D experience which will give visitors an abstract, sensual taster of the venue. The director of this project has done an interview exclusive for thisblogrules.com.

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A Day In Life at Kakuma Refugee Camp – Part 1 of 3: Escape to Kenya

International Women’s Day was Monday, March 8, but for me, the celebration of women goes on and on.  Today my friend Kate Ofwono premieres her film “A Day In Life at Kakuma Refugee Camp” to UNHCR staff in Geneva.  Four years ago after her father was assassinated and her mother disappeared, Kate fled from her home in Uganda to Kakuma Camp in Kenya.  Since then Kate learned filmmaking with FilmAid International’s participatory video program.  22-year-old Kate is a talented director/producer/screenwriter/actor and now an instructor in FilmAid’s program.  She is also a formidable singer and songwriter – you’ll find her latest work “With My Girls” featured in my video The Indian Thing.

Below is Part 1 of Kate’s film.   In this segment Kate talks about her dangerous escape from Uganda to Kenya and the grim realities of life in the camp.  Parts 2 and 3 follow over the next few days.  Congratulations Kate for setting an example to all of us of how to find and bellow our voices no matter where we are.

Click here for a UNHCR Q. and A. with Kate.

Part 1: Escape to Kenya

Click here for Parts 2 and 3 of Kate’s story.


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My. Favorite. Director. Of. All. Time.

December 5th in London, a retrospective of director Sally Potter’s work opens and lasts through December 28th.   I saw the sexy, witty, provocative film Orlando, based on the Virginia Woolf novel, at the Angelika Film Center in New York in 1993 and walked out of the theater shaken and shifted forever.  I never grow tired of watching Orlando, it is hands-down my favorite film.  And Potter’s other films do not disappoint.  Ever.

Starting with Thriller’s reversal of genre convention (in which the heroine lives), through Orlando’s magical gender-blending, to Rage, which brings anti-globalization protests and citizen journalism into fashion, Sally Potter’s films change the world in style.

Orlando (1993), the result of seven years’ work including daring location recces in Russia and Kazakhstan, helped launch Tilda Swinton’s career and won awards internationally for its handsome looks and dazzling, witty play with gender, class and costume drama.

Here is a new trailer for Orlando for the remastered film premiering at the retrospective:

And oh, how I would love to visit the new Sally Potter archive of production materials.  Yummy!

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