Here some documentaries that could bring you into tears ... like many philosophical questions do when questioning about the meaning of life ...
- "500 Nations"
- Jack Leustig - 1995
I did a kind of sitting-marathon-living-room session when watching this documentary last week-end. This documentary could be found in some big public libraries but I ordered it a few weeks ago as I am not in a big city... and it came out with 4 sets of DVDs, a booklet plus black and white pictures inside the packaging. Now, I have no excuse not knowing about the Plymouth colony and Thanksgiving tradition (BTW special wink to Ang Mo)... I like the idea that I can rewind it again and again ...
The story of Pocahontas' dad dying afterwards his daughter's death - who married John Rolfe and went to England - confirms me that people need to be with people they love like plants need sunshine and connection to the land where they grow up, and if you take them far away, they die.
There is another sequence of a Native American woman who confirms that idea too at the end of the documentary, and I could imagine this is also true in real life for everyone ...
This kind of documentary like many nowadays reportages makes me wonder how many Thomas Tibbles
, how many reporters did witness or are witnessing all the sufferings of women, children, old people and desperate young people who - walking in exodus, living in some camps with some rotten food filtered by some corrupted camps agents , somewhere in the map of the world - underwent, have been|are undergoing inhumane and crazy actions of a complex system fueled by greed ... and it seems to me that we have not moved an inch from barbarism towards a full and respectful humanity - with wars or more or less disguised wars perpetrated on simple people...
Do I sleep well when I know well that in some way, by our actions or inactions in our daily life, we are interwoven in this complex but not so innocent Rubik's cube world ? This makes me think twice about how a family or a handful of people are or get wealthy - with some dark means that are not so "moral" when you look back at the time frame of history ... This makes me wonder how the kids grow up when seeing their parents in such a weak condition ... Where is integrity, where is dignity, where is humanity, where is freedom ?
[DVD4 - Episode 7: Roads Across the Plains - from 23:32]
Dorothy Wood, Cheyenne, narrates the story about White Antelope singing the Death Song :
"Nothing lives long but the Earth and the mountains."
- "Notre musique"
- Jean-Luc Godard - 2004
This film makes me remind of "Hiroshima Mon Amour"
by the poetry, the mix of archives and actors' way of speaking, the music in the background enhancing the poetry behind the scenario which chapters are set into three-fold Kingdom : 1. Hell - 2. Purgatory - 3. Paradise.
Here some quotations of English subtitles from scenes that hooked me :
[2. Purgatory - from 14:55]
woman : I was wondering why aren't revolutions started by the most humane people ?
man 1 : Because humane people don't start revolutions. They start libraries.
man 2 : And cemeteries.
[2. Purgatory - from 15:40]
uncle : Killing a man to defend an idea isn't defending an idea, it's killing a man.
PEACE & JOY Soul Brothers & Sisters !
[EDIT : ] I would like to share this music in a kind of world patchwork video :
"Stand By Me" Peace Through Music
PEACE & JOY always !