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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Video Documentary Movie "In Plain Sight" (the story of Lisa Kristine, Photographer) by Erica Jordan

Watch "In Plain Sight" the Trailer (2:29 min 2014)
Watch "Lisa Kristine - Photographer" (4:20 min 2013)

"In Plain Sight" directed by Erica Jordan, tells the story of award-winning photographer Lisa Kristine, the real-life inspiration for the character played by Gillian Anderson in the feature film "Sold". The documentary "In Plain Sight" movie-captures Lisa Kristine as she photo-captures images that expose the spectre of modern-day slavery. A mother and artist, Lisa has crawled through mine shafts in Ghana and posed as a woman for sale on the streets of Washington, DC, to shed light on an issue hidden in plain sight. Part verité road trip, part exposé, and part spy story, the documentary "In Plain Sight" follows Lisa to Sonagachi, Kolkata, the largest red-light district in India. At first no one is willing to help filmmaker Erica Jordan and Lisa gain access. Eventually, they find a man who willing to get them in. On the way to Sonagachi, the guide makes a request—“Don’t hug anybody.” In a characteristic moment, when Lisa enters the brothel and meets one of the workers, the two women greet each other with a spontaneous embrace. Inside the prison-like brothel, the film, through the gaze of a concealed spy camera, reveals the hidden lives of the women in the dark corridors where they are forced to work. "In Plain Sight" closes with scenes from a safe house in Sonagachi for girls who have been pulled out of slavery. As each girl is photographed, she holds a candle, and in her luminous face a shimmer of hope is reflected.
More than 28 million people are enslaved today, working for no pay under the threat of violence, in every country and on every continent.

Related Other links:
Watch "One Breath" Book Trailer

Watch "Slavery" Book Trailer

Watch: "Reflections on Presence from Ancient Cultures: Lisa Kristine" at Wisdom 2.0

Watch Film/Trailer: "#standwithme" by Stillmotion

Video Photography and TED Talk "Viewing Humanity" by Lisa Kristine

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Video short film "The SAND STORM 沙尘暴" directed by Jason Wishnow

"THE SAND STORM 沙尘暴 " (9:22 min 2014) Communications lines dissolve, and a water smuggler navigates a tumultuous, dystopian city on the brink - in this lyrical “low-fi sci-fi” tour through a bleak future ... setting the stage for more to come. This film was made in China and stars in order of appearance Ai WeiWei (艾未未), Hu JiaNing (胡珈宁), Li Ning (李宁) and Bai Yao (白瑶)

Directed by Jason Wishnow

This film was partially funded by a Kickstarter campaign 

TED Talks

Friday, August 22, 2014

Video short film "Chester Nez - Living History" by Navajo Oral History Project (Winona State University and Diné College)

Watch "Chester Nez - Living History" by Navajo Oral History Project (19 minutes) This documentary film was researched, photographed, edited and produced by students of Winona State University (Winona, Minnesota) and Diné College (Tsaile, Arizona, Navajo Nation) during summer 2012. It contains stories told by Chester Nez of Chichiltah, New Mexico, to the students during several hours of interviews about his life. Chester who passed away June 4th, 2014, was the last surviving member of The Original 29 Navajo Code Talkers who were recruited in 1942 to create a code using the Navajo language for use in the battlefield so the South Pacific. Chester and the rest of The Original 29 then took the code they created into battle. (Vimeo viewing Link)

This documentary film is archived at the Navajo Nation Museum, Navajo Nation Library, Winona State University Library, and Diné College Library, and at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian. The film is part of the Navajo Oral History project, a multi-year collaboration between the Winona State University Mass Communication Department and Diné College, the official Tribal College of the Navajo Nation.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Video short animation "Fly Me Around The World 自主制作アニメ" directed by Cheng Liang

Watch "Fly Me Around The World 自主制作アニメ" (2 min) A mystical girl meets a magical robot - together they enjoy the beauty of the world, the combined wonder of their imaginations, and the power of independent positive visualization. 

Directed by Cheng Liang
Music by Han Ding
2010 independent student film made at Tokyokogeidai Tokyo University of the Arts

Video short animation "Consumed" directed by Gasan Sallies

Watch "Consumed" (3:46 minutes) Consumed in technology, a man re-discovers himself through an unexpected journey.

Written and Directed by Gasan Sallies (animation, compositing, lighting)

2013 Student film at The Animation School in Cape Town and Johannesburg Africa

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Video short film + podcasts "The Indian Thing ~ Restoring Mohawk: History. Identity. Family" by Paulette Moore

Watch "The Indian Thing ~ Restoring Mohawk: History. Identity. Family" by Paulette Moore
“Restoring Mohawk” is my own story; my family’s story. It’s a story about secrets and shame; about fear and being invisible and seeking and finding our own voice and identity and place. My grandfather Albert Hill was Mohawk Indian raised on Six Nations of the Grand River First Nations reserve southeast of Brantford, Ontario, Canada. Mildred Hill, my grandmother came from a poor Irish farming family near Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Mildred was feisty and funny as well as racist against her husband and children. Her fear and secrets and longing for place still impacts our family profoundly.

My mom Patricia Moore bore the brunt of my grandmother’s insecurity and a century-old Canadian policy called the Indian Act allowed and in fact encouraged my mom to erase the Indian identity that her mother taught her to despise.  In 1970 my mom sold our family’s Indian rights for less than $100. That meant our family relinquished all treaty and statutory rights as Native people and the rights to live in the reserve community. That action was called "Enfranchisement" also known as "The Gradual Civilization Act".

Click here to read the Full Story.

In 1985 the U.N. Human Rights Committee ruled the Indian Act was a grave human rights violation and Canada changed its laws around revoking Indian status.  My sister Pamela Latham and I seek to regain our Indian rights. My mom still struggles with her Indian history and identity.  “It’s not what I am,” she says. “But I don’t really know what I am.”
Click here to read the Full Story.

Audio Podcasts Part 1

Audio Podcasts Part 2

Original music created and performed by Kate Ofwono

Paulette Moore
“I am a journalist, documentary filmmaker and educator with narrative films rising. My interests lie in art, power, community, creative conflict, justice, beauty, technology and how all of those things intersect in this big, complex world.”

Moore is currently Associate Professor teaching digital media production & research and is with the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA and a consultant with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Geneva, Switzerland, creating films and a blog to promote gender justice and diversity within the organization.

Video short animation "Sleepwalk With Me" Directed by Fabricio Lima, Music by Young Galaxy

Watch "Sleepwalk With Me" (3:15 minutes) "This animated music video was inspired by a heartfelt story of two soldiers during the Second World War called "Letter to a G.I.". The true story, was first published in 1953, then in 1961. G.I. Brian Keith, in a letter to his new friend (another G.I. named Dave), describes the best moments of the war were for him when they became friends during the North African Campaign of 1943. The story ends with a farewell to Dave, who did not make it back home." YouTube lo res version

Directed by Fabricio Lima
Music by Young Galaxy

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Video short films "One Year One World: Voices of the Resistance Movement in Guatemala" by Maggie Padlewska (The Guatemala People versus Tahoe Resources Inc of Canada)

Watch "Voices of the Resistance Movement in Guatemala" (11 minutes July 2014)
In March 2014, human rights lawyer and activist, Rafael Maldonaldo, travelled to Canada to speak about the human rights violations and injustice taking place in San Rafael de Las Flores Guatemala - a region that is home to farmers and the country's Xinka community. "I want Canadians to know that the silver, and possibly the gold, that is being extracted from Guatemala - is bloodstained" he said. He also spoke about the lack of consultation between the country's government and Tahoe Resources Inc. (a Canada-based mining company), and the local communities in the region. This story is an exploration of the allegations, and a documentation of the voices of the communities impacted by Tahoe's Escobal Mine in San Rafael and surrounding areas.

Watch "On the Road for Justice" with Rafael Maldonado (3:50 minutes May 2014)
On March 18th, 2014, Guatemalan lawyer Rafael Maldonado spoke in Ottawa (capital city of Canada) about the Human Rights violations taking place near the site of Tahoe Resources Inc. - a silver mining company owned by a Canadian firm.

Watch "Roberto González Ucelo message to Otto Pérez Molina" (2 minutes July 2014 Spanish)
President of the Xinca Parliament in Guatemala, Roberto González Ucelo shares his personal message to Guatemala President Otto Pérez Molina

Filmmaker Maggie Padlewska
One Year One World - YouTube Channel

Watch: Amnesty International Canada is working with filmmakers to promote films which explore the impacts of Canadian mining operations on human rights and inspire Canadians to take action in defence of human rights. These films are available for screening in your community.

Read: Canadian Centre of International Justice

Read: Tahoe Resources website - ESCOBAL

Read: "Guatemalan Complainants Celebrate Effective Suspension of Tahoe Resources' Licence" (July 2014)

Read: "Lawsuit Against Tahoe Resources a Wake Up Call for Investors and Canadians (June 2014)

Read: "Guatemalans file lawsuit against Canadian mining company for 2013 shooting" (June 2014)

Read: Landmark Suit against Canadian Mining Firm Filed in BC (June 2014)

Read: "After Kidnappings and Killing, Canadian Silver Mining Project Advances in Guatemala" (April 2014)

Read: "TAHOE RESOURCES / GOLDCORP in Guatemala : Repression Going From Bad To Worse" (April 2013)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Video short films of "Hōkūle'a Worldwide Voyage" and "The Star Compass" by Ōiwi TV and Polynesia Voyaging Society

Watch "The Star Compass" (2:34 minutes July 2014) introduction into the Star Compass used by our ancestors for ocean navigation using a 360 degree circle divided into 32 even star houses.

Watch "Hokule'a Embarks" (14:22 minutes Aug 2014) Hokule'a and Hikianalia are Polynesian canoes that departed O'ahu earlier this year on a three-year journey around the world to encourage a more sustainable planet. The voyage will be equipped with state-of-the-art communications technology, including Google Hangout capabilities, videos and photos. This will allow everyone to be part of the worldwide voyage and learn about historical traditions and values that we may be able to use today to create a more sustainable future.

Watch "Through the Eyes of Ancestors" (4:02 minutes July 2014)
The two kiʻi that protect Hōkūleʻa are a reminder of the spirituality linking present voyages to the wisdom of our ancestors.

Watch "Navigating Time" (3 minutes June 2014)
Apprentice navigators talk about the challenges they face making time to study the traditional skill of navigation while also meeting the demands of their contemporary lifestyles.

Watch "The Legend Returns" (3:38 minutes June 2014)
On March 24, 2014, the traditional sailing canoe Hawaiʻiloa returned to the sea after more than a decade on land. Led by master canoe builder Uncle Jerry Ongies, a small, committed group of volunteers has worked tirelessly to accomplish this historic task.

Polynesia Voyaging Society website (various videos)

Hōkūleʻa Worldwide Voyage - YouTube Channel (various videos)

Ōiwi TV - Youtube Channel (various videos)

Tracking the voyage via the internet and Stay Connected with the voyage and crew

Google+ post page lots of videos

"Learning Journey" (various videos)
Propagating Peace (3:12 minutes)

Coral Planting (3:10 minutes July 2014)

Te Fenua o Fare Hape (2:45 minutes July 2014)

Learning Center web-links

Website link to Video Library

Some videos I have watched so far, they are all great!

Watch "Changing Tides" (4:15 minutes July 2014)

Watch "Worldwide Voyage | Maupiti Stone Fishing" (4:36 minutes July 2014)

Watch "An Ocean Laboratory" (4:12 minutes July 2014)

Tracking the voyage via the internet and Stay Connected with the voyage and crew

Google+ post page lots of videos

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Video short film "Natives" directed by Jeremy Hersh

Watch "Natives" (20 minutes) Rachel and Anita are a Manhattan New York City same-sex couple. Anita was born Onöndowa'ga (Onondaga, Seneca) Native American, and Rachel was born Jewish. The two women visit Anita’s parents on their Native American reservation in New York state, where Anita grew up. Anita doesn’t want their relationship to be public. Rachel wants to make it public, establish a relationship with Anita’s parents and understand Native American culture - but why? A simple word, simple question - why.

Directed by Jeremy Hersh
About the Cast
About the Crew

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Video short film "Toy Man" by Woodruff Laputka

Watch "Toy Man" (8:38 min) "Toy Man" tells the story of artist Dan Gunderson, who's spent his entire life collecting everything he lays his hands on, including toys. Now, after three years in development, Dan applies an astonishing collection of tens of thousands of toys to his world-renowned works of sculpture. A inspirational look into the life and mind of a man obsessed with re purposing found objects. Toy Man offers a unique, vicarious experience of a world comprised of pop-culture, modern symbolism, and the artistic freedoms shared by children everywhere."  The artist's role in society as expressers of life, communicators of the unique, decisions made based on knowledge and Self-awareness - which individualizes you, to live your own life.

YouTube viewing link

Directed by Woodruff Laputka of Laputka Films

"Middlesex Times" and "The Tangent Universe"
by Michael Andrews

"Indian Summer" and "Stokkseyyrii"
by Jonsi & Alex

"Mad World"
by Michael Andrews
Performed by the St. Judes Children's Choir (Florida)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Video short animation "Displacement" by Chris Perry

Watch "Displacement" (3:50 minutes) a short computer-animated film about expectations and assumptions. It was produced by sixteen advanced undergraduates at Hampshire College (USA) who where enrolled in a course designed around collaboration instead of the traditional individualistic approach to animation education. Completed in 2002.
YouTube viewing link

Written and directed by Chris Perry
Produced by Bit Films
Produced within the collaborative animation curriculum at Hampshire College

Chris Perry 2014 Honoree Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
 "Technical Achievement Award" (more background to the award)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Video short film "Oren Lyons - "We Are Part of the Earth" by Sacred Land Film Project, Earth Island Institute

Watch "Oren Lyons - "We Are Part of the Earth" (7:38 minutes) How did (Chief) Oren Lyons first learn about his relationship to the Earth? Listen to his story...

Oren R. Lyons, Jr. (born 1930) is a Native American Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan, of the Seneca Nations, of the Iroquois Confederacy. He is the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honour, the National Audubon Society's Audubon Medal, the Earth Day International Award of the United Nations, and the Elder and Wiser Award of the Rosa Parks Institute for Human Rights. Lyons serves on the board of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, and is board chairman of Honouring Contributions in the Governance of American Indian Nations. Lyons is also remembered for his time as a lacrosse player. He is Honorary Chairman of the Iroquois Nationals. In 1989 he was named Man of the Year in Lacrosse by the NCAA.

Lyons served in the United States Army. He received athletic scholarships to Syracuse University, where he was awarded the Orange Key for his academic and athletic accomplishments. He graduated from the College of Fine Arts in 1958. A lifelong lacrosse player, Oren was an All-American at Syracuse, and after graduation, Lyons played for several teams, including the New York Lacrosse Club (1959–1965), the New Jersey Lacrosse Club (1966–1970), and the Onondaga Athletic Club (1970–1972). Upon leaving Syracuse, Lyons pursued a career in commercial art in New York City, becoming the art and planning director of Norcross Greeting Cards. Outside of work, Lyons exhibited his own paintings and in 1970, he returned to Onondaga to be closer to his cultural heritage. In recognition of his contributions over many years as a teacher of undergraduate and graduate students in the University at Buffalo, Dr. Lyons is listed as SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and Professor Emeritus of American Studies in the UB College of Arts and Sciences.

For over fourteen years he has taken part in the meetings in Geneva of Indigenous Peoples of the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations, and helped to establish the Working Group on Indigenous Populations in 1982. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders on Human Survival, and is a principal figure in the Traditional Circle of Indian Elders. He was a negotiator between the governments of Canada, Quebec, New York State and the Mohawks in the Oka crisis during the summer of 1990. Lyons appeared on a one-hour documentary "Faithkeeper", produced and hosted by Bill Moyers on PBS. He appeared in Leonardo DiCaprio's documentary "The 11th Hour" in 2007. In 1992 he addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations where he opened the International Year of the World's Indigenous People

This video "Oren Lyons - "We Are Part of the Earth" was produced by the Sacred Land Film Project, a project of Earth Island Institute. To deepen public understanding of sacred places, indigenous cultures and environmental justice, the Film Project produces a variety of media and educational materials—films, videos, DVDs, articles, photographs, school curricula and other materials. The Sacred Land Film Project uses journalism, organizing and activism to rekindle reverence for land, increase respect for cultural diversity, stimulate dialogue about connections between nature and culture, and protect sacred lands and diverse spiritual practices.

"The law says if you poison the water, you’ll die. The law says that if you poison the air, you’ll suffer. The law says if you degrade where you live, you’ll suffer… If you don’t learn that, you can only suffer. There’s no discussion with this law." - (Chief) Oren Lyons
Native-American Faithkeeper, Human Rights Advocate, Environmental Activist

Oren Lyons: Facebook

Video and PODCAST: Pete Seeger and Onondaga Leader Oren Lyons on Fracking, Indigenous Struggles

Video: 2013 Onondaga Leader Oren Lyons, Pete Seeger On International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

Video: Seneca Chief Oren Lyons Speaks To the UN on Climate Change (10 min)

LECTURE: "The Ice is Melting" by Oren Lyons @ 24th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lecture

Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force

Seventh Generation Fund