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Gael Garcia Bernal On Mexico’s Plan to Save Its Image With Documentary Films

The 2017 Academy Awards ceremony was a largely apolitical affair, but Gael Garcia Bernal changed that. Co-presenting the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film, he acknowledged the current tension with the Trump Administration over immigration issues, specifically as they pertained to Mexico. “As a Mexican, as a migrant worker, as a human being, I’m against any form of wall that separates us,” he said.

Over the last 12 years, Bernal has been putting that message of unification to work within the boundaries of his native country, pushing a country marred by reports of a drug war and other problems to find itself at the movies. Along with his close friend and “Y Tu Mama Tambien” co-star Diego Luna and the producer Elena Fortes, Bernal co-founded the Ambulante Documentary Film Festival in 2005. The traveling screening series focuses on non-fiction film that brings its vast programming to cities and rural areas around the country over the course of two months.

READ MORE: Mexico Detains, Then Frees, Undocumented Subjects of an Ambulante Documentary Ahead of Its World Premiere

Bolstered by generous government funding and the support of the national theater chain Cinépolis, Ambulante’s 2017 edition featured 106 documentaries screened across 64 days in 42 venues. The lineup is an eclectic blend of highlights from the international documentary scene — from “I Am Not Your Negro” to “Last Men in Aleppo” —to locally-produced projects and students films depicting everyday life in Mexico.

On opening weekend in Mexico City, screenings were packed less with industry figures than curious locals intrigued by the prospects of unfamiliar programming, starting with a free outdoor screening of “The Eagle Huntress” in the city’s plaza. That weekend, more than 300 moviegoers camped outside in the mountainous region known as Los Dinamos for a free screening of the documentary “Brimstone and Glory,” about the fireworks celebration in Tultepec, Mexico, and engaged in a prolonged Q&A session with the filmmaker that ran almost as long as the movie itself.

Such widespread enthusiasm is exactly what Bernal and Luna had in mind. “There’s an interesting dialogue that happens when people are in the same room watching a documentary,” Bernal said in an interview. “The singular discourse disappears. Arguments become more sophisticated. This is what happens when you see a plaza full of people watching a documentary for free.”

Bernal was inspired to start Ambulante after seeing that Eugenio Polgovsky’s 2004 documentary “Tropic of Cancer,” about an isolated community in Mexico in which villagers trap animals to sell them to tourists, failed to get a release in its home country. “It made me feel that there was no chance for someone to see the film — specifically, the people who are portrayed in it,” Bernal said. “Maybe a few film festivals could screen it, but that would be it. So we decided to take that film and others to the places where they were shot. It was more utopian euphoria than frustration.”

Notably, Ambulante receives 44% of its funding from U.S. sources, although some 40% comes from federal and state funds, while an additional 15% comes comes from private sponsors, and just one percent comes from ticketing and merchandise sales. Ambulante has been designed more as a form of advocacy than a business, and that goal has extended to its educational initiative, Ambulante Mas Alla.

The program involves filmmaking workshops in rural areas of Mexico, where participants ranging from teenagers to senior citizens produce short films about topics such as farming and family traditions. Since the program launched with the start of Ambulante, program instructor and documentary producer Carlos Rossini said that he has seen significant improvement in the sensibilities of his students. “It used to be that when I asked what was the last documentary students had seen, they would say ‘Shark Week,’” he said. “Now, after 12 years, that has changed. They talk about the films they saw at Ambulante.”

The communal progress underscores a broader goal for the festival, now run by director Paulina Suarez and director of programming Meghan Monsour: the capacity to push beyond stereotypical impressions of the country and its hardships. “This is the most important thing for us now,” Rossini said. “To discover that people are all on one side. It’s not what everybody says it is. It’s not a war, it’s not that everybody’s a corrupt police officer or politician. It’s a big country working through things, sharing thing. There are many difficulties, but most of us believe that this place has a future.”

For Bernal, the festival allows Mexico both a window into its own identity and the ability to scrutinize other cultures. “Watching otherness, understanding and creating empathy, can only lead to good things,” he said. “All films are political to me.”

The 2017 Ambulante Film Festival runs through May 25, 2017.

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Gael Garcia Bernal On Mexico’s Plan to Save Its Image With Documentary Films
The Ambulante Documentary Film Festival, now in its 12th year, is helping the country grapple with its own identity.
By Eric Kohn

Over the last 12 years, Bernal has been putting that message of unification to work within the boundaries of his native country, pushing a country marred by reports of a drug war and other problems to find itself at the movies. Along with his close friend and “Y Tu Mama Tambien” co-star Diego Luna and the producer Elena Fortes, Bernal co-founded the Ambulante Documentary Film Festival in 2005. The traveling screening series focuses on non-fiction film that brings its vast programming to cities and rural areas around the country over the course of two months.

nikolaspascal  asked:

what is your honest opinion on A Siberian Film? I will say I don't like any part of it. I mean, if the director's main intention was to test the censorship boundaries of his country, I don't think quality was the first thing on his mind. in my opinion, it was a shit movie in every way, but in your opinion, should it be certainly be considered "art", at least within its own intentions?

I watched it to see what the big deal was about and if its goal was to just push the limits and shock people, then I would say that it succeded.   I have heard a lot of things about its supposed to be this or that or the other, but I really didn’t have enough interest into researching it any further.  

Tony needs a hug? Yes, but...

Tony Stark needs a hug?  Yeah, he does. But never forget that Tony Stark is strong as steel underneath the armor and the frail flesh and the troubled mind. Tony Stark has come back again and again, from childhood trauma, from the horror of his captivity and torture, from betrayal after betrayal by those he loved, from the ashes of his own mistakes – and has grown and learned and become a better person for it.

In “Civil War” he’s STILL becoming a better person – he’s trying like hell to keep his team together and out of jail or worse (even though he’s stepped away from the Avengers and become an “active non-combatant”).  He sees the wide view of the world – not just America, because Tony the futurist is a global citizen – and agrees that beings who have the destructive force of nuclear weapons need to submit to some form of oversight, and that such beings do not have the unilateral right to enter other countries’ boundaries.

His mistake is not this – because it IS the right thing to do, and the “New Avengers” ARE a mess, with no oversight and – as we see in Lagos – the capacity to do real harm when they make errors. His mistake is that in his guilt over Ultron, he puts his trust in the wrong people (Ross and his minions) – and he learns this very quickly.  Tony Stark is one of the smartest people in the world - and as soon as he sees evidence that he was wrong, that he put his faith in the wrong people, he sets out to make things right. He even admits he was wrong - which is something NO ONE ELSE in this movie does. (Steve’s patronizing letter does not, even though Steve is wrong throughout most of the movie…)  Tony Stark knows and mourns for every life that was needlessly lost because of the Avengers’ actions - he’s NOT a soldier, and the concept of collateral damage is anathema to this reformed weapons maker. He’s grown, as a human being, way past that. He knows the life of one innocent person - like the young man whose mother confronted him - is worth a million times more than the “freedom” of the Avengers.

The only one who bolsters Tony, and who, at the end, even though he’s the most cruelly injured of all, speaks wisdom and truth, is Rhodey. Tony made the choice to follow the Accords because of his emotions, and ended up being right (even though, as usual, Bad People with Agendas let him down).  But Rhodey followed the Accords because he KNEW it was ethically the right thing to do, right from the beginning. He didn’t do it just to follow his friend Tony – like the clown-circus gang that ended up following Steve apparently just for the heck of it or because, hey, it’s Cap.  Rhodey did it because he knew in his soul that the Avengers DO need some form of oversight, and that they can’t keep trampling into other countries and cowboying around and causing huge collateral damage and loss of life without answering to the world. Rhodey’s speech at the end is like a balm to Tony’s soul, and you can see it.

Tony Stark is in pain, and he’s been wounded to his very soul – but he will rise again.  Because he always does. That’s why so many of us love him – he’s a metaphor not only for science and technology, but for humanity –trying and failing and trying again; falling down and getting up again, only to fall again; nursing our wounds both physical and emotional, learning as we go.  There’s courage in that, and heroism, and grace.

It will never cease to amaze me how someone raised in one culture, in one country, speaking one language can connect with someone who was raised in a different culture, a different country, with a different first language. I love how when you remove the political, religious, economic, and societal boundaries two people can be so innately similar. So similar that while embracing their differences, they can easily forget that these differences are viewed as bad and toxic by other people and simply enjoy the others company. It will never cease to amaze me how little people care about social norms.
—  KJS // Excerpt from a book I’ll never write #44

Legendary snow leopards are rarely seen in the wild, as they live high in the mountains of Central Asia. Although the cats freely cross the international boundaries of 12 countries, their secretive behavior and remote habitat among the highest mountains in the world add to their mystery. Because of their shy behavior and uncanny, almost mystical ability to disappear among the rocks, snow leopards have entered the folklore of local peoples in many countries and have been described as shape-changing mountain spirits.

Throwback Thursday: Keith Urban Pushes The Boundaries With New Album ‘Ripcord’

Published originally on May 6, 2016, by Kara Johnson 

Today, May 6th, Keith Urban dropped his ninth studio album Ripcord, and it’s not what you’d expect from an artist deeply established in the roots and history of country music. Urban is known for breaking the rules and crossing genres in every album, but Ripcord is unlike anything his fans have heard before. As a result, Ripcord is a remarkably diverse album that pushes the boundaries of country music and furthers the evolution of his artistry.

It’s country’s most highly anticipated album of 2016, and it was well worth the 15 months Urban took working on it. If we’re speaking in terms of industry politics, the album shouldn’t be labeled as country. But we might as well break the rules along with Urban and call it country because although Ripcord explores different sounds such as, EDM, Hip Hop, Pop and Rap, the country singer does what country music traditionally is about, which is storytelling. Each song tells its own story, pulling the listener in to realize that every track on the album is a storyline they can relate to.

The album kicks off with “Gone Tomorrow (Here Today),” a song that sets the stage for what is to come. It’s a plethora of different sounds underlying the prominent banjo that Urban plays effortlessly during the track. The song itself is a song about living in the moment and a song that really took off when Urban began to think about the two men closest to him that had recently passed away. “I was thinking about my dad who had passed away the month before and Nic’s dad had died 12 months before,” he says during a listening party, reflecting on the personal meaning of the song. “All these people, where do they go? Forgetting all those spiritual beliefs, they were here and they were gone.”

Stylistically, the song sounds different to everyone. “One person thought it was bluegrass, another heard Middle Eastern influences,” he says. “I wouldn’t know how to describe what the song is stylistically because it encompasses so many things, from the melody to the lyric to instrumentation to production to arrangement to the mix, every single aspect felt like I was planting a new flag for me. It was such that any song could go after it.”

For Urban, it’s all about balance. “You need the people who are constantly on the front lines, taking all the arrows, the pioneers pushing the boundaries out because it keeps the music relevant. But you need the purists as well. That’s how the whole thing maintains the equilibrium.”

And he’s right. Every track following “Gone Tomorrow” follows the same sound stylistically. Every time you listen, a new instrument and new sound comes out that you may not have heard before. The Aussie singer is, by far, a pioneer who pushes those boundaries.

There has already been success when it comes to his ninth studio album. “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” “Break On Me,” and “Wasted Time” have already been embraced by country radio, and there’s no doubt that the rest could go in the same direction with songs like “Boy Gets a Truck,” “Worry Bout Nothin’,” and the sexy “Getting In The Way.”

The most eye-catching tracks on the album are songs like the party smash hit “Sun Don’t Let Me Down” featuring Pitbull and Nile Rodgers. We would never think Pitbull and Keith Urban would end up in the same sentence, but it has and it works. “I wanted Pitbull on the song. If he didn’t like the track, it wouldn’t have anything on it, I wanted his flow and his tone and his voice.” Needless to say, “Sun” is a highlight, and top 40 radio should embrace it.

There is also the 80’s synth inspired track “The Fighter” featuring Carrie Underwood, a conversational track between the guy and the girl. Underwood makes the track what is, which gives the song great potential to be a country and top 40 radio hit.

Urban explores different sounds, drum loops, instrumentations, and an EDM vibe throughout, but the highlight of the entirety of the album is his vocals. The album displays the different heights that his voice can reach, which proves to be hands down the best we have heard from Urban. Songs like “Habit of You,” the bluesy “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” and the heartbreaking “That Could Still Be Us” displays this growth perfectly.

They sexy “Habit of You,” and “Your Body” are evidently inspired by his wife, Nicole Kidman, and are definite highlights on the album. “ “Your Body” is a song about the place and that person that you go to where everything makes sense. It’s the idea of the city and being stuck in the machine, and just wanting to get in that place where everything is real and everything makes sense. That’s really what the song is about,” Urban states.

Overall, Ripcord is the best album Urban has released. There is no doubt that the album will be a No.1 in the weeks to come. It has much to offer its listeners, whether it’s the slick beats of EDM, guitar slinging, banjo playing or vivid storytelling, Urban’s ninth studio album launches him into uncharted territory, reminding us why he is one of the most highly respected artists in the industry. Congrats Keith on a job well done.

Buy Ripcord now on Apple Music

anonymous asked:

I couldn't find anything close to this in the archives so...I'm writing a fantasy story with many characters of different ethnicities. The problem is the story takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting (we're talking several hundred years post) and country boundaries don't exist so I can't say "so-so is Korean" because that doesn't mean anything in the context of the story's world. How do I convey specific "not-white"ness without resorting to creepy/inappropriate physical descriptors? Thanks!

Check writingwithcolor! I did it for you this time but yeah they have thousands of questions like these answered extensively. 

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Because of Me

Characters: Jensen x Reader

Words: 1561

Summary: Just when they think Ralph has done his worst, another surprise comes.

Warnings: Blood, threats, stalker ex-boyfriend

Part 28 in The Future Series.  Read Part 4 herePart 5 here, Part 6 here, Part 7 here, Part 8 here, Part 9 here,Part 10 here, Part 11 here, Part 12 here, Part 13 here, Part 14 here, Part 15 here, Part 16 here, Part 17 here, Part 18 here, Part 19 here, Part 20 here, Part 21 here, Part 22 here, Part 23 here, Part 24 here, Part 25 herePart 26 here, and Part 27 here.

Okay…more drama sadly. Enjoy some fluff though! 

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So, I married a guy from back home. And of course the “oh, he married you for your passport” & “you ran out of options so you married back home” jokes roll in. I would sincerely like to say, shut the fuck up. It’s funny to you to make statements/jokes of that sort - but it’s not for those who it is directed to. 

Our marriages aren’t the butt of some joke.

Marrying someone from a country other than your own home - is not “running out of options”, it’s called broadening your options. It’s called having an open mind. No where does it say that the person you marry lives down the street from you. And for you to have that expectation is not a shortcoming on my part that I need to sit here and feel sorry for myself that I didn’t end up with someone from the states.

There are seven continents - they could be anywhere. It’s really pathetic that just because you specifically marry from home, it’s seen as “oh he wants your passport” whereas say I married someone from somewhere like Italy (nothin’ wrong with Italians, just an example) - no one associates the guy with being a fob because he has broken English or him needing a passport. English isn’t the measurement of intelligence or success. Not every guy from back home is an asshole out to use girls for their passports. Good people exist outside the boundaries of your own country. 

Do some people use the other for a passport? Yeah. But you are one hell of an ignorant twat if you think I of all people didn’t think about something like this before I decided to take such a big step as marriage. It is an insult to me and my family if you assume we would willingly put ourselves in that situation.

Get the fuck out. Stop making up stories to entertain yourself. Not every marriage back home is some sad story.

He had other options from girls overseas, just as I did with guys in the states.

Our fates were written with each other.  
I am glad I married who I married ‘cause I can’t imagine what it must be like to marry you pathetic anons (and those that backbite and gossip - cause I know you’re out there) that sit here sending hate.

Get a life. Have some manners. Grow a heart and then maybe someone will want to give you theirs, so you have something better to do than to sit here and decide my feelings/life for me.

  • Me every other time of the year: Patriotism is a plague in society. We all have to realize that it is our differences that pulls us together, instead of categorizing and put a specific country above everyone else. I am disgusted what I see across the ocean, repelled by what some of you say to defend your country. We should all join hands and live in harmony, without country, without boundaries. Stop patriotism now!
Turning Woodworking From Hobby to Business

Woodworking is an art/craft, depending on how you look at it, that can see you earn quite substantial amounts. There are people who love woodworking, but just do it as a hobby. The good news is that if you have interest in the subject than transforming it from a hobby to business is quite easy and this article is just going to show you how.

Have tools that you will use for your woodworking. The kind of tools that you will need for your projects will depend on the vastness of your business. If you want to start small, then having simple hand tools will prove to be adequate. You need to buy high quality tools like a hand drill, a timber saw, measurement tools and more. On the other hand, if you want to have large scale production then you will need heavy machinery like a power saw and more. Make sure that the space that you plan to use is adequate.

You need to have clearly marked out your niche. Woodworking is a broad subject that can see you produce anything from a simple birdhouse all the way to production of office and home furniture. You need to copyright your products to avoid cases where people can steal your ideas for their own benefit.

Make sure you advertise. Know that you are no longer doing your woodworking for the fun of it. There are many ways that you can advertise your products. You can use the internet. Using the internet will need you to put up a website. You can have a variety of sample pictures on the website. You also need to know all the ways of putting up a good website if you want to get enough traffic. You need to use the internet to not only advertise, but also to sell. With the website you will be able to tap into potential market that cuts across country boundaries.

Still on the above, you can also make use of word of mouth. Inform your friends and neighbors of your business this is a very inexpensive way of getting your word out there.

Use the internet to get new ideas for your woodworking. There are many plans that are available on the internet of which some are free. You need to use the plans that are available here to improve on your skills. You can always get to learn new ideas using the available plans.