Return to Kandahar – Benjamin Gilmour Films

Today I received an email from an friend, author and filmaker is continuing to work his artistic magic by creating films with meaning.

Excerpts from the interview:

Return to Kandahar is about hope, it’s about friendship, it’s about hospitality, and its about forgiveness”

we don’t need pro-war, anti-muslim propaganda films anymore”

what we need are films that promote peace, that promote understanding”

if you believe in justice, peace, in dignity, in fairness and equality, than I think this is a project that you should get behind”

please support it – we need your help”

 

About the Filmaker

Ben Gilmour wrote a book called “Paramedico” which was an exposition of short stories about the tales of an international paramedic who cherished the adventure that his job entailed. I was instantly attracted to read the book whose title seem to fall on my lap, as often is the case with books that I’m meant to read, when enjoying a chai in one of my favourite cafes in the world “Gertrude and Alice – café and bookstore” in Bondi, some years back.

I was lucky enough to meet the man behind the printed words his book launch in that very café/bookstore and we instantly became friends, perhaps connected by a shared passion to improve the world in a small way through combining our backgrounds in health care (in his case being a qualified ambulance officer), research, and of course creativity.

Shortly after meeting ben I saw the trailer for his movie “Paramedico” and was further inspired by his aristic achievement.

Today I read the blur about Ben’s latest movie “Return to Kandahar- one which he is seeking crowd funding support. I instantly watched the 2 minute short film/interview and dontated $15 to the cause and wrote this post.

I hope that 15 minutes of my time can help in one step forward supporting what seems to be an epic film that I would like to watch, as well as a creating a culture of films that the world is so ready for.

Good luck Ben – you’re a legend and inspiration!

Thank you for your work!

Health, Happiness and peace of mind

Health happiness and peace of mind,

This is how I unwind,

From the stressors of life,

That sometimes run rife,

For even when you manage to free some space,

The hours fill up with haste,

But trust me this doesn’t make it a waste,

For the whole world can sometimes do with a pause.

This you will not find written in a clause,

Of a contract or a curriculum,

As modern work ethics have advanced to a riddiculum,

And pace of life has sped beyond comprehension,

Causing newfound confusion and tension,

But I know the cure for this apprehension,

Is to stop, relax and breathe,

Then you can see again clearly,

The life that we love dearly

Is perhaps a life of “Peace”,

Where worry and thought momentarily cease.

 

 

 

24.9.10

This poem came to me in a moment of stress, searching for time, however, the solution to the problem came a few days later in an early morning surf. This is what I posted to facebook on the day of that discovery;-

Thursday/surfday: nothing like a surf to wash away the stresses of modern living

Short story: When I suggested an early morning surf to my friend Steve last night I never expected him to give a call at 5:30 am to say “dude, I’m I your driveway” – what a legen! Thanks for the surf Steven Barker – you made my day!

Have a great day everybody – surf shield on !!

 at Towradgi Beach.

So I guess the real trick is “how does one get take that pause?”

Perhaps jumping in the ocean is just one strategy?

 

towradgi surf

Democratic Womanism – I am happy to be surrounded – how about you?

I was just going through my facebook and saw this article about a Alice Walker, the author and poet who wrote “the colour purple” who has a message for the current US election race.

 

I feel so strongly about the message of promoting “Peace” – by looking at the systems that lead to war – critically and radically – and this poem is such a brilliant piece of work I thought I would have to post it on my blog instantly! I hope you enjoy it…

 

Message from Poet Alice Walker (with interesting video)
-taken from an article about the current democratic race

 

 

 

(second half of the poem – see the link above for the poem and the video interview)

 

….Women of the world,
Women of the world,
Is this devastation Us?
Would we kill whole continents for oil
(or anything else)
rather than limit
the number of consumer offspring we produce
and learn how to make our own fire?
Democratic Womanism.
Democratic Socialist Womanism.
A system of governance
we can dream and imagine and build together. One that recognizes
at least six thousand years
of brutally enforced complicity
in the assassination
of Mother Earth, but foresees six thousand years
ahead of us when we will not submit.
What will we need? A hundred years
at least to plan: (five hundred will be handed us
gladly
when the planet is scared enough)
in which circles of women meet,
organize ourselves, and,
allied with men
brave enough to stand with women,
men brave enough to stand with women,
nurture our planet to a degree of health.
And without apology —-
(impossible to make
a bigger mess than has been made already) -—
devote ourselves, heedless of opposition,
to tirelessly serving and resuscitating Our Mother ship
and with gratitude
for Her care of us
worshipfully commit
to
rehabilitating it.”

 

ALICE

WALKER: Well, you know, I continue to care for President Obama and for his family. I think that in many ways they are very courageous people, and I honor that, because I know what it means to live as a black person in a racist America. But I cannot feel good about drone strikes. I cannot feel good about bombing people. I don’t—I just don’t believe in war. I think it’s stupid. And I think that he is so smart that it’s a waste of his intelligence to pursue peace by making more war. It does not make any sense.

 

 

I also “just don’t believe in war” . Einstein said “imagination is more important than knowledge” – and strategy that had an end result as “War” is a strategy without much imagination.

 

 

Another powerful message from Patch Adams – humanist doctor, and clown doctor

 

 

I want a world where no one alive can remember what the word ‘war’ means
a world free of violence and injustice
where everyone is equal

 

all healthy women say the same thing
all the problems of the world are due to men
but why doesn’t it happen?

 

7000 years ago ‘men’ chose to worship ‘money’ and ‘power over’
this is why no political system works
“No Political system” because the value system is ‘money’ and ‘power over’
“this” is our god……

 

 

food for thought
with love
Bishan 🙂

 

 

Always follow your heart and your “own” dreams as life is too short to follow someone else’s dreams 

 

Life is not a race, but unfortunately we live on a race course