Sounds like a Revolution


I was very blessed to be able to see it on Thursday at the premiere of the Amnesty International Film Festival. The film by Summer Love (awesome name eh?) was really inspiring and just what I needed to see. I hadn’t really listened to Anti-Flag or NOFX before but I am now inclined to start. Lately I have been really trying to find the envelope pushers, those that care about the world and want to make a difference… maybe I need to go to more concerts? haha.

The movie explored social activism through music and they ways in which music is controlled and distributed today. Michael Franti was featured. That dude is so awesome.

Music has a way of reaching people. I was at school working late one night and a dude started playing guitar in the corner, it was so soothing. With music we can really reach people. I think we all have a song. And it is so crucial that we sing.

If you get a chance to check out the rest of the AIF Festival in Vancouver or to see Sounds like a Revolution… do it!

OH! And this song has been stuck in my head ever since I watched the movie. SO good!


What the bleep do I know?

I had a bit of a mind@#$% thought the other day…

If you haven’t watched “What the Beep Do We Know” you should do so, great movie… especially while i’m still on this kick from Inception (no pun intended). Apparently I totally missed the point of that scene last time I saw the movie. A huge percentage of the human body is water. Ou thoughts are so powerful… as the guy in the clip states… hahah, here I thought I had this epiphany but I guess the idea had already been incepted into my head x D

Well enjoy anyway, and think positive : )


Missionaries of Hate: Thoughts

Someone on facebook linked me to this documentary called “Missionaries of Hate” which you can watch online.

In a nutshell it is about a large group of religious extremists in Uganda who are trying to make homosexuality illegal and punishable by imprisonment or death. It isn’t too long and I recommend watching it.

I was at a leadership conference in January at in one of the workshops (about blogging and storytelling ironically) they asked us what our biggest driving force was. I think the issue at the core of my being, the one thing that makes me live my chosen lifestyle, is repression. I have been very lucky to have lived without much exposure to repression personally but it still really usets me. Repression of women, repression of animals, repression of certain races, repression of lower classes and in Uganda: repression of homosexuality.

This is the one thing that gets me the most about religion and extremism. Sure the bible may say “man shall not lie with another man” or whatever but it also teaches compassion and kindness. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Any law that violates this creed cannot be seen as even remotely “Christian” in my opinion. It’s one thing to make a personal choice about how you live but it is another to condemn, imprison or kill others because of the way they live.

I hope for and do the best I can to try and encourage acceptance in the world in an effort to stop things like this. After all, if everyone does what they can we’ll all get what we need.

We’ll do much better

if we all move together.

Also, to point out a specific flaw in the argument of misguided man featured in the film… When he shows the gay porn to his audiences he doesn’t mention that there is tons of equally, if not more disgusting, straight porn out there… just saying.

$treet$ of Plenty Review

Today I watched the viral Vancouver documentary “$treet$ of Plenty”. It follows this guy who decides to spend one month living on the DTES (downtown east side) to experience the seediest area of Vancouver. My first thought was what an original concept. It was a really creative way to document the issue. It was shot in what I like to call “youtube quality”… nothing that made my eyes burn but there were some scenes with poor focus and exposure. On the other hand there were also some really killer looking shots with awesome colour balance etc. But onto the content… despite my visit to tent city during the Olympics I still am fairly naïve about what homelessness is like. I think I would like to experience a night on the streets at some point just to know what other people go through everyday. I’ve noticed that although I am sympathetic to the homeless I don’t have a concrete reason as to why I feel that way. It’s one of those things indoctrinated into me by my middle-class upbringing – homelessness is bad.

The film deals with the complicated issue of addiction. I think all human beings are addicted to one thing or another. Some people like hardcore drugs, some people like gambling, some people like shopping… I couldn’t tell you off the top of my head what mine is. I think the only thing that separates us is how we deal with our addictions and how often we indulge ourselves.

The past year of my life has been an experiment of sorts. I keep challenging myself to live a simpler life, eliminating unnecessary things. I often find myself asking, can I do without this? Many North Americans get so bogged down by possessions and data – we live in a very consumption based society. I believe it is possible to overcome addiction but it is very much an individual journey. Hell, if you look back at my life two years ago many of the things I couldn’t live without have no part in my life today. People can learn to life differently.

I would like to take some education classes at SFU as part of my degree. In a way the study of education is similar to the study of persuasion. In order to persuade other people you need to find a way to make them come to their own conclusions about things. You can tell someone something a million times but it won’t stick until they figure it out for themselves…

Now go watch the movie (it’s only an hour long) : P

The Cove Movie Review

Yesterday I attended a screening of the documentary movie: The Cove. It is about the dolphin slaughter occurring in Taiji, Japan and the journey of a group that attempted to document it on film. I was quite excited too watch it as my Dad told me about this film back in the summer but I have not had the opportunity to watch it… until now.

I always enjoy a good documentary but I must admit I was a little disappointed with this one. The finalé footage of the slaughter was anticlimactic. They spent the entire movie hyping up the secrets and hidden activities that occur in this cove and then when you finally witness it, it becomes one of those – well what did you think it was gonna look like situations. No surprises there. Some less than desirable sequences (such as the opening credits and the unaesthetic attempt at creative editing) left me unentertained. I really enjoyed their creativity in terms of how the mission was planned out and their attitude when dealing with the Japanese authorities. I commend their effort as a whole and completely agree with what they were trying to achieve. They covered the issue in a (relatively) unbiased manor and (in my opinion) truthfully documented the situation. I’d give this movie a 6.5 / 10.

It’s always interesting when I go to animal rights related events. As a vegan I don’t feel that I personally contribute to many of these issues (concerning meat consumption and seafood fishing) however I understand the the problems still exist. Now the real question, what (else) can I do to prevent this? It can be hard to promote my beliefs while still being accepting and respectful of the choices others choose to make.

The screening itself was special because they had Mandy-Rae Cruickshank, the FreeDiver from the movie there to answer questions afterward. I had to leave before she was done taking questions but it was very cool to be there in the room with someone so passionate and connected to the film and the issues.

Although it didn’t live up to my film making standards i’d still recommend people watch the film. To help the cause you can text DOLPHIN to 44144, and sign their petition straight from your phone.

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