Τετάρτη, 26 Μαΐου 2010

Αποκαλύψεις

Είδος: Κωμωδία (Stand up Comedy)
Γλώσσα: Αγγλικά
Υπότιτλοι: Ελληνικά
Χρονολογία: 1993 , UΚ
Σκηνοθεσία: -
Διάρκεια: 74'

http://www.billhicks.com/

Μια από τις καλύτερες παραστάσεις του Αμερικάνου κωμικού η οποία μέσω του γέλιου δίνει πολύ τροφή για σκέψη. 




















Τετάρτη, 19 Μαΐου 2010

The Cove

Είδος: Ντοκιμαντέρ
Γλώσσα: English, Japanese
Υπότιτλοι: Ελληνικά
Χρονολογία: 2009 , USA, Japan
Σκηνοθεσία: Louie Psihoyos
Διάρκεια: 82'

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1313104/


Μια παρέα ακτιβιστών με αρχηγό τον μεταμελημένο πρώην εκπαιδευτή και διάσημο από την τηλεοπτική σειρά Flipper (1964, US) Richard O'Barry, προσπαθούν να ενημερώσουν τον κόσμο για την ετήσια σφαγή 23.000 δελφινιών στον κόλπο της Taijii στην Ιαπωνία. Σε αυτό το άψογα γυρισμένο ντοκιμαντέρ, χρησιμοποιώντας ότι πιο προηγμένο τεχνολογικά υπάρχει, την εφευρετικότητα τους, το κουράγιο τους αλλά και την επιμονή και υπομονή τους φέρνουν σε πέρας την αποστολή τους μυστικά και παράνομα, αφού έχουν να υποσκελίσουν απίστευτα εμπόδια: Η άγνοια, οι κυβερνητικοί μηχανισμοί, οι τοπικοί παράγοντες, το κέρδος και τα συμφέροντα όσων επωφελούνται από αυτή τη σφαγή, οι δήθεν οργανισμοί και τα υποχείρια τους είναι μερικά μόνο από αυτά. 
"Ποτέ μην εμπιστεύεσαι κυβερνήσεις ή οργανώσεις για να λύσουν μεγάλα προβλήματα. Όλες οι κοινωνικές αλλαγές προέρχονται από το πάθος που επιδεικνύει το άτομο."

ΥΓ. Προσπάθησα να την ανεβάσω στο YouTube αλλά τα "πνευματικά" δικαιώματα είχαν άλλη άποψη. Γι' αυτό μπορείτε να την παρακολουθήσετε online χωρίς ελληνικούς υπότιτλους εδώ (απλά κλείστε το ενοχλητικό παράθυρο της διαφήμισης και μετά από λίγα δευτερόλεπτα μπορείτε να πατήσετε την έναρξη).
Μπορείτε επίσης να την κατεβάσετε (χρησιμοποιείστε αυτόν εδώ τον torrent για παράδειγμα) και να πάρετε τους ελληνικούς υπότιτλους από εδώ

**UPDATE: Με ελληνικούς υπότιτλους μπορείτε να το παρακολουθήσετε εδώ

Παρασκευή, 14 Μαΐου 2010

Validation

Είδος: Taινία μικρού μήκους
Γλώσσα: English
Υπότιτλοι: -
Χρονολογία: 2009, US
Σκηνοθεσία: Kurt Kuenne
Διάρκεια: 16'

"Validation" is a fable about the magic of free parking. Starring TJ Thyne & Vicki Davis. Writer/Director/Composer - Kurt Kuenne. Winner - Best Narrative Short, Cleveland Int'l Film Festival, Winner - Jury Award, Gen Art Chicago Film Festival, Winner - Audience Award, Hawaii Int'l Film Festival, Winner - Best Short Comedy, Breckenridge Festival of Film, Winner - Crystal Heart Award, Best Short Film & Audience Award, Heartland Film Festival, Winner - Christopher & Dana Reeve Audience Award, Williamstown Film Festival, Winner - Best Comedy, Dam Short Film Festival, Winner - Best Short Film, Sedona Int'l Film Festival.

You Tube channel:  http://www.youtube.com/user/hughnewman1024

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0986272/
Movies today seem to have difficulty making something happy. No matter how hard they try, it almost always comes off as being fake. This is where Validation comes in. A short film directed by Kurt Kuenne that oozes joy. And not the fake kind. By the end of this 17 minute film I was beaming. I was so happy that I immediately watched it a second time just to make sure I wasn't imagining it. I wasn't. Then I began showing it to every single person I could, and each one of them was smiling at the end. In fact, I have yet to see one single person who did not care for this movie, or did not feel great at the end of it.

The plot it simple, a man gives out free validation. Yes, the car kind. But he also throws in a bit of the other validation, and brightens the day of everyone he meets. Except as he is going out to get his drivers license renewed, he sees a girl and instantly falls in love. The only problem? She doesn't smile. I won't delve any deeper into the plot, but rest assured, it ends well.

The movie is filmed in black and white for no other reason than that it looks good. And after seeing the whole thing, you really couldn't imagine it in color. The music, to put it simply, is genius. An upbeat Gospel tune rings out throughout almost the entire movie, and every time I hear it I want to dance. The actors of course do a great job, overacted yes, but it's clearly on purpose.

Validation is a movie I believe everyone should see. It's funny, charming, and at the end of it all, a piece of joy. Look it up and watch it. I can guarantee you'll be glad you did. 

Author: Oblivious93 from United States

Τετάρτη, 12 Μαΐου 2010

Doing Time, Doing Vipasana

Είδος: Documentary
Γλώσσα: English, Indian
Υπότιτλοι: Francais
Χρονολογία: 1997 , India, Israel
Σκηνοθεσία: Eilona Ariel, Ayelet Menahemi
Διάρκεια: 52'


In the mid-1970s Vipassana was first tried within a prison environment with two 10 day courses being conducted for jail officials and inmates of a prison in Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Despite the success of those courses, no further jail courses were conducted in India for almost 20 years. In 1993 a new Inspector General of Indian prisons, Kiran Bedi, was appointed and in the process of trying to reform the harsh Indian penal system, learned of the earlier Vipassana courses. She requested that additional courses be conducted in the largest prison in India, Tihar Jail outside of New Delhi. The results were dramatically sucessful. Based upon the success of these courses, another course was conducted in April 1994 by Goenkaji and a number of his assistant teachers for over one thousand inmates of Tihar prison with wonderful benefit for all of those who participated.

During the following winter of 1994-95, the Israeli filmmakers traveled to both Tihar and to the Baroda Jail in the India state of Gujarat, at which Vipassana courses had also been conducted. There they conducted and filmed extensive interviews with jail officials, including Karen Bedei, and inmates from many different countries who participated in the courses. The result of these efforts was an extremely powerful 52-minute documentary film entitled Doing Time, Doing Vipassana. The film describes the way in which Vipassana has been sucessfully used within the Indian prison system to dramatically change the behaviour and attitude of the inmates and jailers who participated in the courses and, thereby, improve the entire atmosphere of the prisons.

Doing Time, Doing Vipassana has been broadcast in many diverse international markets including the following stations and networks: PBS - USA; NHK - Japan; YLE - Finland; TSI - Switzerland; DR TV - Denmark; Channel 8 - Israel; and TV Poland. The film also won the prestigeous Golden Spire Award at the 1998 San Franisco International Film Festival. The Festival's management wrote as follows about the jury's decision:

'In giving Doing Time, Doing Vipassana its top honour, the jury for the category stated:

"The jury was moved by this insightful and poignant exposition on Vipassana. The teaching of this meditation as a transformation device has many implications for people everywhere, providing the cultural, social and political institutions can embrace and support its liberating possibility."

This year's Golden Gate awards competition was incredibly strong & close, as we had a over 1600 entries from 58 countries in the 35 categories.'

DTDV most recently won a "Silver Plaque" award in the INTERCOM - The International Communications Film & Video Competition, in Chicago.

The film also received an award in 1999 from the American National Council on Crime & Delinquency ("NCCD"). NCCD wrote as follows about its decision to present this award:

'Congratulations! I am pleased to inform you that you are a recipient of the NCCD PASS Awards. The National Council on Crime & Delinquency is honored to recognize your excellence in communicating the complex problems of crime to the American people. We hope this award will serve as a contact reminder that your work can make a difference.

A distinguished panel of experts found your work, "Doing Time, Doing Vipassana", to be worthy of recognition and deserving of special acclaim. This award is presented to members of the media who have made an important contribution toward raising the public's awareness and understanding of our criminal and juvenile justice system.

Your ability to present the "why" of crime is more important that ever. Our goal is to reach the public with messages that make them think and refocus their attention on alternatives for social justice. We want to inspire hope and participation from our citizens by presenting other approaches - by informing local citizens of model prevention programs that exists in their very own communities.

We want to acknowledge the media's success in illuminating the stories about people and programs that promise to protect children against involvement in crime. The council strives to advance and encourage a broad multi-media effort to help all citizens better understand the pertinent issue and solution approaches.'

Doing Time, Doing Vipassana is also proving to be a very effective tool in bringing about the introduction of Vipassana meditation courses into the prison systems of other countries. Such courses have now been given in the prisons in the United States and in other countries with wonderful results. 




Πέμπτη, 6 Μαΐου 2010

J. Krishnamurti: The Challenge of Change

Είδος: Documentary, biography
Γλώσσα: English
Υπότιτλοι: -
Χρονολογία: 1984 , US
Σκηνοθεσία: Michael Mendizza
 

Synopsis: A definitive feature-length film documenting Krishnamurti's life from boyhood to his mid-80s, "The Challenge of Change" uses rare film and photographs gathered from archival and private collections. Through intimate interviews and public gatherings, the depth of his message is conveyed as he speaks in England, Switzerland, India, and the USA. Narrated by Richard Basehart and Richard Chamberlain. 

Review and video from: http://www.cultureunplugged.com/storyteller/Krishnamurti%20Foundation%20of%20America%20_Mark%20Lee




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