Category Archives: Art

Modern Day Slavery by Lisa Kristine

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“Kofi is free today. He was enslaved and rescued at a very young age. He is with his family again (Ghana). Kofi laughs out loud, long and often. It is contagious.” – Lisa Kristine

 

"Kofi is free today. He was enslaved and rescued at a very young age. He is with his family again (Ghana). Kofi laughs out loud, long and often. It is contagious." - Lisa Kristine

Kofi, Ghana

“This body of images documents the pain of modern day slavery and the hope of freedom, allowing us to bear witness to the most horrible abuses imaginable and the most astonishing glimpses of the indomitable human spirit. Proceeds from these images directly help fight slavery through Free the Slaves.” – Lisa Kristine

Modern Day Slavery - Lisa Kristine

Modern Day Slavery – 1 – Lisa Kristine

 

Modern Day Slavery - Lisa Kristine

Modern Day Slavery – 2 – Lisa Kristine

 

SuperHero Contest

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Superhero ModRen Contest

Superhero ModRen Contest – Munch

Superhero ModRen Contest

Superhero ModRen Contest – Hooper

SuperHero ModRen Contest

SuperHero ModRen Contest – Renoir

Superhero ModRen Contest

Superhero ModRen Contest – Bouguereau – 1st Place – by FlashDaz

 

 

 

SuperHero Contest at Worth1000.com

Awesome movies about the Impossible

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NOW YOU SEE ME

NOW YOU SEE ME

NOW YOU SEE ME (2013) is far from being flawless but it is a “tiramissu” for anyone that dreams about social justice. By the way, “tiramissu” means cheer me up.

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (2009) shows the dream come true that happens (only in a movie) to an extremely poor guy and the horrors of the poverty daily life in India.

AUGUST RUSH

AUGUST RUSH

AUGUST RUSH (2007) tells the story of an orphan who believes that he has to play his music to lots of people because this is the only way his parents will find him. This happens in New York and he will find them. The most adorable impossible happy ending.

THE MAN WHO COPIED

THE MAN WHO COPIED

THE MAN WHO COPIED (2003) is about a copy man that decides to copy a new brand 50 real bill in order to buy a gift to the girl he is in love with… this action takes him to a more risky ones and, together with his friends, they are  going to do way more…

GREEN MILE

GREEN MILE

GREEN MILE (1999) is all about incredible miracles at the same time that they shows us the racism and injustice of the U.S. penal system. The kindest person in the world is waiting for death penalty to pay for a crime he never committed. In the mean time, he will put order in the prison with his extraordinary miracles.

SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994) is flawless. An impossible thing that happens, and it doesn’t matter because is like finding justice in the magic world of movies whereas in the real life tons of innocent people were incarcerated for a crime they never committed.

E.T.

E.T.

E.T. (1982) is E.T. No need to describe… but maybe we have to have this movie in our minds to watch with our kids… Dreams can never die.

The Best American invention: Movies about the Impossible.

If you have a movie to add to this list, please send me your suggestion.

Mixing two Family Members in One: Genetic Portraits

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Ulric Collette is a French-Canadian photographer who did Genetic Portraits where he photographs family members and then cuts them side by side to create one portrait. The end result makes you notice the similarities between the people photographed:  

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(Daughter/Father: Ariane, 13 & André, 55)

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(Daughter/Mother: Marie-Pier, 18 & N’sira, 49)

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(Sisters: Anne-Sophie, 19 & Pascale, 16)

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(Twins: Alex & Sandrine, 20)

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(Mother/Daughter: Julie, 61 & Isabelle, 32)

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(Daughter/Father: Amélie, 33 & Daniel, 60)

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(Father/Daughter: Daniel, 60 & Isabelle, 32)

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(Mother/Daughter: Francine, 56 & Catherine, 23)

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(Sister/Brother: Karine, 29 & Dany, 25)

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(Cousins: Justine, 29 & Ulric, 29)

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(Father/Son: Laval, 56 & Vincent, 29)

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(Twins: Laurence & Christine, 20)

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(Father/Son: Denis, 60 & Mathieu, 25)

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(Brothers: Christophe, 30 & Ulric, 29)

You can take a look at more of Ulric Colete‘s work. I have found this pictures at FULLYM by Meredith Taylor 

Entre Nos, the Movie

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Entre Nos, the Movie

“Entre Nos is a bio/true story about a woman’s struggle to survive in New York City with her two children after being abandoned by her husband. The main character, Mariana, totes her two children from the country and culture of Colombia to reunite with her husband in Queens, New York. Her life is devastatingly turned around when her husband abandons the family. As a result, Mariana now struggles with unemployment, eviction letters, eviction notice forms, how to speak fluent English, and experiencing the earliest signs of pregnancy. With no where to go Mariana starts experience various types of stress due to her misfortunes. Mariana and her kids have to now be equipped to survive in living in a foreign country as Mariana desperately searches for jobs hiring in NYC. In the end, Mariana resourcefully navigates a surprising avenue for making some money by using recycle containers to recycle for cash. While the threats to Mariana’s family are palpable, the three manage to avoid drastic suffering. Given the maternal fortitude displayed by Mariana the family grows strong through their struggles.” (EntreNos) This is an exception in the poverty trap, fortunately for this family.

Amreeka

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Amreeka

Mother and son, Muna and Fadi, are tired of the bombs and checking points of the occupied Palestine, and they decided to join their relatives in Chicago but they arrived in the US right after the nine-eleven… They are not even Muslims but, for the average American, they are just stupid Muslims or potential terrorists… The successful brother-in-law is not successful anymore, and his clients started abandoning him. Fadi, the son, is being called Osama by his “knowledgable” classmates, which are making his adaptation to a new home even harder. Despite the sadness of the plot, this movie is joyful to watch, highlighted with the positive attitude of Muna who never doubts who she really is despite all the misjudgments.

Monsieur Lazhar (2012)

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Monsieur Lazhar (2012)

Monsieur Lazhar touches the children world, the death world, the immigrant world, the silent world, the unfair world. In other words, it is about oppression and omission. All a child need is love and safeness to express themselves…

Review by Stephen Holden:

“”In the indelible opening scene of Philippe Falardeau’s “Monsieur Lazhar,” Simon (Émilien Néron), a sixth grader at a Montreal middle school, catches a glimpse of the body of Martine, a popular teacher who has hanged herself from a pipe inside a classroom. He turns and runs.

We don’t see him report the fatality. The camera remains stationary, in a kind of daze, until several teachers dash into the building and frantically herd children returning from recess back outside. Simon’s friend Alice (Sophie Nélisse) detaches herself just long enough to steal a peek through a crack in the door before being shooed away. We never see the victim’s face.

The subtlety and discretion with which the revelation is handled says much about  “Monsieur Lazhar,” Mr. Falardeau’s fourth feature film, adapted from a one-person play by Evelyne de la Chenelière. The film, which was nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language film, picked up six Genies (Canadian Oscars), including best picture, director, adapted screenplay and actor. The title character is powerfully embodied by Fellag, an Algerian theater director and actor known for his one-man shows, who has lived in Paris since 1995.

“Monsieur Lazhar” sustains an exquisite balance between grown-up and child’s-eye views of education, teacher-student relations and peer-group interactions. The students come quirkily alive in superb naturalistic performances devoid of cuteness and stereotyping. Like no other film about middle school life that I can recall “Monsieur Lazhar” conveys the intensity and the fragility of these classroom bonds and the mutual trust they require.

Although it looks askance at the extreme measures parents and teachers take to protect children, often more knowledgeable and resilient than they’re given credit for, it acknowledges that some do need protection. It especially calls into question the strict modern rules that forbid any physical contact between teachers and students who in moments of crisis feel a desperate need for the comfort and reassurance that a hug can provide.

Amid the tempest stands the title character, Bachir Lazhar, a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant in need of a job who read about the suicide and presents himself to the stiff-backed principal (Danielle Proulx) as a substitute. Bachir, who says he taught grade school in Algiers for 19 years before settling in Quebec, seems to be a godsend. Polite, formal and soft-spoken, he takes over a class whose students are traumatized to varying degrees and easily wins their confidence and affection.

He is sternly instructed not to bring up the suicide and told that a psychologist will deal with the children’s reactions. During those sessions he is not allowed in the classroom. Bachir proves himself a caring, dedicated teacher, although there are some glitches. A dictation from Balzac is too difficult for his students. There are differences between Québécois and Algerian French. Most important, he doesn’t know the rules about physical contact and lightly cuffs an unruly student.

He teaches the fables of La Fontaine, and in an inspired stroke invites the students to invent their own. In the film’s most moving scene he regales them with one he invented about a chrysalis and a tree that addresses both Martine’s suicide and his own recent personal calamity, which he is barely able to talk about. Bachir isn’t exactly what he claims. In Algeria he was a civil servant who later owned a restaurant but has never taught. Nor is he, as he has stated, a permanent resident of Quebec. He is applying for political asylum following the horrific murder of his wife, a teacher, and their two children in a fire deliberately set the night before they were to have left Algeria to join him in Canada. The Lazhar family had been subjected to repeated death threats since the publication of his wife’s book criticizing the government’s reconciliation policy after the country’s civil war.

Without pushing the parallels, the story obliquely connects Bachir’s story with his empathy for the children, especially his intuition that Simon’s distress is more complex and deeply rooted than it at first appears. When the truth is finally revealed in a flood of tears, the boy’s heart-rending confession reminds you of how easily children can torture themselves with guilt for imagined sins.

Bachir cannot follow the rules. When the class needs his emotional support, he delivers a healing, common-sense speech about the suicide to the students who take it in stride. You applaud him for his bravery and tact.

“Don’t try to find a meaning in Martine’s death; there isn’t one,” this flawed hero declares. “A classroom is a place of friendship, of work, of courtesy, a place of life.”

Written and directed by Philippe Falardeau, based on the stage play by Evelyne de la Chenelière; director of photography, Ronald Plante; edited by Stéphane Lafleur; music by Martin Léon; production design by Emmanuel Fréchette; costumes by Francesca Chamberland; produced by Luc Déry and Kim McCraw; released by Music Box Films. In French, with English subtitles. Running time: 1 hour 34 minutes.

WITH: Fellag (Bachir Lazhar), Sophie Nélisse (Alice), Émilien Néron (Simon), Danielle Proulx (Mrs. Vaillancourt), Brigitte Poupart (Claire), Louis Champagne (Janitor), Jules Philip (Gaston), Francine Ruel (Mrs. Dumas) and Sophie Sanscartier (Audrée).””