I walk down the Strand and I find people wrapped in sleeping bags and blankets, invisible and unwanted. I’m already so cold I want to cry, yet I have a house to go home to. I hurry home, angry at what I’ve seen but I don’t know what to do.
I get home and turn on the TV and I see hundreds, thousands maybe even millions, huddling in the open air, with nowhere to go, unwanted and reviled.
Then I see well-fed shiny faced people come on TV and slander these people as terrorists, ‘economic migrants’ (a recently made-up term of extreme perniciousness) and warn us of their dangerousness. Apparently I will never be raped unless I come into contact with one of them. Apparently I will always have a good job unless ‘they’ dare to arrive. Apparently ‘they’ strain my housing and health care.
Why housing and health care should be so rationed is never explained.
Society is sick, and we are part of this vile disease.
… am I the only one who is horrified?
The Dark Underbelly of the Festival Circuit
Today I saw the above article on Indiewire
And then I just got an email from Festhome about some dodgy fake festivals that tried to hijack Festhome (who are being very decent about it, warning us, and I trust & respect them for that)
I first got suspicious when I saw a listing on WAB for the Canada International Film Fest in my home town of Vancouver yet I had never heard of it not had any of my family or friends back home (many of whom work in the industry in some form or other). And that’s cos it’s a night out in a casino, not a cinema (! – if you’re into that, OK but I am so NOT into that)
Now Indiewire has confirmed it.
What do you think? It kind of undermines my trust in Withoutabox.
I HAVE BEEN ENCOURAGED BY THIS NEW ORGANISATION, UFFO WHICH MIGHT SHAKE THINGS UP A BIT: http://www.uffo.camp7.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1454459
and they have an excellent and FREE magazine you can get online
this is a screenshot of something i saw for sale on a web page yesterday. I am not going to have a go at the company and say whose web page, because although I am outraged I do assume they commissioned this design and put it for sale in good faith. And who does not want to celebrate the “spirit of Tahrir” – ?
But the reality is that Tahrir today is not a place of freedom: it is the site of an ongoing revolutionary struggle by incredibly brave people – and incredibly scared people. Although all my support is for the protestors, who are fighting to be free of dictatorship and tyranny – I am also sensitive to the many who are confused and scared by the events, who fear for their homes and livelihoods, who fear the future. I even feel for the army recruits (it is a conscript army) who are carrying out the violence – how confused they too must be!
Revolutions take time. Revolutions are bloody nasty. With all the books I’ve read, I have no idea what it would be like to be in the middle of a revolution.
We who are not today in Egypt, we can’t help them. Not really. We can help spread the word, so what is happening gets out there. We can try to be informed. But we can’t do much.
But at the VERY LEAST we can refrain from commodifying their revolution!