The Art of Saving a Life – An Art Project of the Gates Foundation

January 29, 2015  |  featured, people  |  No Comments

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation this month unveiled a grand art project dedicated to the history of vaccines. The Art of Saving a Life is a virtual gallery of images, films, music, stories, GIFs, and other compelling content. Artists from all over the world were commissioned to tell the story of vaccines and their miraculous power to save lives.

The Foundation hopes to bring attention to the subject, educate the public and build further support for the charities that dispense vaccines in countries with the greatest need: United Nations Foundation, The World Health Organization, UNICEF, CDC, Gavi, Rotary, Save the Children, The Global Poverty Project.
(Image © Sophie Blackall)

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The works of art are really worth admiring, exploring, reading and raving about. Browsing page after page, one sees that talent and engagement on the part of artists have produced an exhaustive and visually fascinating account of what vaccines have done for the human race, what they could have done if they were used, and what they could do in the future to stop epidemics like Ebola.

Some of the stories are daunting, but beautiful and humbling in their truth. Some artists tell a personal story, others use imagination and historical facts to render what is magnificent – namely the determination of the human spirit to help those in need. (Image: © Deborah Kelly)

CopyrightDeborahKellyThe Art of Saving a Life is a gorgeous homage to vaccines and their creators and to the force of art in increasing our awareness and expanding human consciousness. Here are some of my favorite art works:

Luc Jacquet / The Race for Life / La Course A La Vie — © 2014 Wild-Touch

“Academy Award winning French filmmaker Luc Jacquet directed The Race for Life (La Course A La Vie in French), an arresting short film that underscores the value of vaccines for children’s health and strength. Here, we see children racing through difficult terrain. As they run, they encounter various obstacles – insect bites, dangerous cuts, and harsh weather to name a few—but are able to persevere as they have been vaccinated. Luc worked with young actors on this film, set mainly in the spectacular Parc Naturel Régional du Vercors and on the Dunes de l’Espiguette in France.”

Lang Lang / Afternoon of a Faun — © 2014 Lang Lang Productions

“Chinese pianist Lang Lang conjures the tragedy of how the career of one of the world’s greatest dancers suddenly ended. In the mid-20th century, Tanaquil “Tanny” LeClercq was a principal dancer at the New York City ballet, a muse to her husband Balanchine and to choreographer Jerome Robbins. Prior to departing for a European tour in the autumn of 1956, each member of her ballet company received the polio vaccine as a precaution. Tanny decided against it. One month later she contracted polio in Copenhagen and collapsed. Paralyzed, she would never walk or dance again. She was 27 years old. Here, Lang Lang performs Debussy’s Afternoon of a Faun, the famous pas de deux Tanny danced with Jacque D’Ambroise, as a film of their dance flickers behind him on stage.”

GMB Akash / Crossing the Waterways in Bangladesh — © 2014 GMB Akash

“GMB Akash shows how health workers go the distance to try and reach every Bangladeshi child. By boat on remote waterways and by foot through sandy pathways, Akash follows health workers as they bring vaccines to some of the most remote areas of Bangladesh. Akash spent many days in the field, lovingly capturing almost every aspect of the country’s successful vaccination program. In his photos, young mothers cross flood zones with their babies in their arms to reach the health clinic; an elderly man transports vaccines to a remote island by boat; and pregnant women receive antenatal care, including tetanus vaccine. He also captures young children ill in hospital with pneumonia, for which Bangladesh will soon introduce a vaccine.”

Bangladesh 2014_Akash“A one day old child comes with his mother Makhmuda Khatun (18 yrs) in the community clinic. Kazipur, Sirajganj, Bangladesh” © 2014 GMB Akash

Angélique Kidjo sings a Kenyan song with the Women of Merti:

Rakeysh Mehra / The girl who kicked the ball

Yuna / It’s a new day

 

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“The Little Bedroom” Film Review

January 19, 2015  |  featured, inspiration  |  2 Comments

The Little Bedroom (La Petite Chambre) is a story about the complexity of human emotions and the difficulty of letting go and accepting change. It reveals how the beautiful bond of human connection helps us heal from old wounds and fulfill our life’s destiny. Set in Switzerland, the film stars two-time Céasar Award winner Michel Bouquet (Le Promeneur du Champ de Mars, How I Killed My Father) and César Award nominated Florence Loiret Caille. The film is directed by Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond.

Edmond (M. Bouquet) feels burdened by old age and is angry with his son Jacques (Joël Delsaut) for wanting to put him in a nursing home so he could take a new job in Chicago. When Rose (F. Caille) becomes Edmond’s nurse, he tells her “Life is not that beautiful,” then asks her to prove him wrong as though he knew that she was at grips with emotional pain. Rose and Edmond’s deep emotional turmoil – their need to heal, make amends with themselves and others and move on – becomes the basis for their friendship.

As they become closer to each other, we witness the difficulties each experiences in their own relationships – Edmond with his son and Rose with her husband Marc. Marc (Éric Caravaca) is frustrated with Rose’s inability to heal from her loss, and at a deeper level, he doesn’t understand how trauma keeps her stuck in the past. Only when he goes to New York to pursue his own dreams and leaves her the space to heal, does she start to appreciate him and want him back in her life.

The relationship between Edmond and his son is rather complex from the very start of the movie. Selfishly, Edmond tells Jacques that he is too old to start his life over in Chicago because he doesn’t want to change the way things are. As the story unfolds, the son shows his unexpressed emotions about his dad’s unavailability to him throughout his life. When Edmond discovers that Jacques had sold his apartment, he feels deeply hurt and refuses to go back to the nursing home. Rose decides to help him regain the dignity he needs, even though she is no longer his nurse, but little does she know that by helping Edmond, she is finally helping herself heal from her deep wound.

The Little Bedroom is a metaphor for change. It holds the past – where once old dreams became entangled in pain – and the future, where new possibilities begin. When Edmond enters the little bedroom, led in by the joyful play of two children, he finally discovers Rose’s secret, and she surrenders and shares her pain with him. He feels for her in a very fatherly, self-effacing way and he wants to help her. When he insists on sleeping in the little bedroom, he opens the door for change and encourages Rose to start trusting life again.

Edmond finally makes peace with his son, but deep down he knows that life in a nursing home is not what he longs for. A man used to a life of Beethoven, solitude and plants, a man set in his ways and attached to his land, needs to always be free to decide how to live his life.

Only in the final moments of the movie does Rose discover what happens to Edmond, but their deep connection is sealed through synchronistic events – Edmond looking at the beauty of the mountains, while Rose goes through a final catharsis and releases old trauma to make a place for her new life.

The Little Bedroom is a beautifully crafted film about life as it happens at any age through trauma, friendships, relationships, love, and change. And there is nothing more precious than to be free to live the life one desires and to make room for new things to begin.

Watch The Little Bedroom…
On Vimeo On Demand:
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/littlebedroom
On DVD:
http://store.cinemalibrestore.com/little-bedroom-dvd.html
Amazon Instant:
http://www.amazon.com/Little-Bedroom-Florence-Caravaca-Bouquet/dp/B00QROLAVQ
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In French Style Wishes You...

In French Style Wishes You…

January 4, 2015  |  featured, people  |  2 Comments

 

To pierce through the infinity of the sky and find the answers you need in life!

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To cultivate Compassion for you, others and animals!

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To have peaceful moments and be in the silence and beauty of nature!

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To have Fun and Dance, and Join the party!

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To enjoy unexpected encounters!

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To find the time to meditate and admire the marvel you are, and discover your true potential!

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And to peel off the layers that are not serving your path, so you can illuminate the sheer beauty you are made off.

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