Reflections On Life
“COMING FORTH INTO THE LIGHT
I was born the day
I was transformed the day
My ego shattered,
And all the superficial, material
Things that mattered
To me before,
I really came into being
The day I no longer cared about
What the world thought of me,
Only on my thoughts for
Changing the world.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem
“Don’t be a reflection of your depression, your dark, or your ugly. Reflect what you want. Your light, your beauty, & your strength. Aspire for greatness – reflect who you are; not which deficits you maintain. Showcase the hidden treasures.”
― Tiffany Luard
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For centuries now, the Dorn Savanna has been the lifeline for the Massai people. Until today, they refuse to get involved in the constant upheavals in Kenya and instead continue to cultivate their traditions. The Massai have lived in the border region between Tanzania and Kenya for hundreds of years; almost completely removed from all civilization. In some ways their remoteness has spared them from many ordeals. But on the other hand, this autarkical life can be problematic, especially when it comes to the education of their children.
This is also the case in the Massai village Kasiole. 12 families live in the village. Each hut has two rooms and in each one there lives a family with at least 5 children. Here, there is no space for a school, and needless to say, there are also no teachers. Therefore the children from Kasiole must walk for hours each morning to get to school. Most of the children stay at home and tend the cattle. Many parents are afraid to send their children off on the 10 kilometers long way to school right trough the savanna.
4am. Before going off to school the nightwatch is the task at hand. 8 year old Moseka guards the family’s cows and goats. Sometime wild animals sneak into the village at night – a threat to everyone.
When dawn sets in at around 6, the Maasai village Kasiole comes to life. Moseka’s nightwatch ends – and his way to school begins.
Students like Moseka from all across the region are setting off this morning on their way to the only school far and wide. Moseka`´s mother worries. In the last few days elefants often visited the area – the Massai consider them to be one of the most dangerous species in wilderness. His mother warns him once again about the possible dangers along the way.
The first kilometres take the children through the burning hot savanna, and this without any water. The family does not have the means to afford a drinking bottle. Their route takes them pass amazing landscapes, and also different Massai villages, some of them already deserted and some just newly built. Through their way of life, it makes no sense for the Massai to build large houses. They will only live 2 to 3 years in them and are built traditionally with walls made from cow manure and straw covered roofs. Only a few children join them from the other villiages, although in Kenya schooling is mandatory, but not enforced by anyone.
The way to school lead Moseka and his friend through the leopards valley – infamous for roaming predators. The Kenyan savanna is a huge open air zoo with an incredible diversity of species. Seen from the perspective of parents who send their children to school every day, it is an unfenced zoo, though. An open space whre the natural law of eat or be eaten is part of every day life. It takes a bit of courage to go to school here.
The students destination: The Ntuka Primary School. The only school within a radius of about 20 kilometers. Often they are too late, but the teacher understands, he is aware of the long school route.
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9 jul. 2019
Most Dangerous Ways To School – Philippines.
The children from Madibago in the southern Philippines have one of the most spectacular and dangerous ways to school in the world. Some walk alone through the jungle for hours, others risk their lives, in order to make it past a steep face of rock and boulders, overgrown with moss and tree roots.
On the peninsula Zamboanga del Norte in the southern Philippines, the thinly populated coastal strip gives way to sharply rising mountains. Eleven-year-old Aible lives close to the sea, but her school is located in the heart of the mountains. A ride on a motorbike taxi costs only one US-Dollar, but Aible’s family simply doesn’t have the money, like most of the families here. So for decades, children from Madibago have been taking the shortcut through the jungle. They call it Pam-Pang: A gigantic wall that the children must climb every single day – in the hopes of a better future. In some places its slope is 90 degrees. Many people have fallen here. Some have critically injured themselves while trying to climb Pam-Pang.
The weather can change suddenly in the Philippines. Thanks to the high humidity, short, heavy rain showers tend to be the rule – even in the dry season. And for Aible this means even greater danger on her way to and from school. The roots, the rocks, the soil – all becomes even more slippery than usual. But that doesn’t keep the children from chasing their dreams.
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Au nord de la Sibérie, vivent les Nénètses, les derniers éleveurs de rennes du grand nord. Edik a 14 ans, il suit sa scolarité obligatoire dans le petit village d’Antipayouta. À l’occasion des vacances du printemps, Edik rentre dans sa famille qui vit au milieu du grand désert de glace : la toundra.
Dans cet univers dominé par le froid (-30° !) et des vents terrifiants, Edik devra apprendre la vie difficile d’éleveur de rennes. S’il se montre digne de ses ancêtres, il aura alors sa place parmi les hommes.
À 4000 Kms au sud de la Sibérie, vivent au cœur de l’Altaï les éleveurs de chameau de Bactriane. Les étés précédents ont été trop chaud et il devient difficile de trouver des pâturages suffisants pour tout le troupeau durant l’hiver. Natsag, le chef de la famille choisira cette année avec l’aide des esprits, lequel de ses deux petits-fils : Altagan ou Dsolbo prendra en charge une moitié du troupeau. Celui qui l’emportera gagnera son indépendance et sera reconnu comme un vrai homme dans l’univers Mongol.
DEVENIR UN HOMME EN SIBERIE est un voyage du nord au sud de l’immense Sibérie, là où des peuples ont gardé leurs racines et renouent avec la culture immémoriale des éleveurs nomades. Dans ces paysages d’apocalypse glaciaire, le film raconte le destin croisé de trois adolescents, unis par le même but : devenir des hommes au sein de leur communauté.
Pour y parvenir, ils devront affronter la rude vie nomade des hommes de leur clan.
Edik – en Siberie – partira pour la longue migration de printemps, un voyage de 3 semaines au cœur de l’immensité glaciaire pendant lequel il devra apprendre rapidemment le metier d’eleveur de rennes. Pendant ce temps, Altagan et Dsolbo devront faire preuve de courage et d’intelligence pour sauver leur troupeau de chameaux de la secheresse, car seul un d’entre eux deviendra chef de clan
Deux histoires, deux destins, pour un seul but : Devenir un Homme !
Réalisateur : Benoit SEGUR
17 jan. 2020
Au Nord de l’Himalaya, la vallée de la Nubra au Ladakh, n’est ouverte aux étrangers que depuis 1993. Il faut plusieurs jours de marche pour atteindre Tangyer, un village isolé à 3 800 mètres d’altitude. Dans ce village reculé, on n’a jamais cessé de respecter les traditions bouddhistes : Ainsi la coutume veut que le cadet de la famille devienne lama.
Urgan a 9 ans. Il n’a jamais connu d’autre horizon que celle imposée par les sommets enneigés. En ce mois de janvier, il doit quitter sa famille pour rejoindre son monastère et traverser le col de Wori La, situé à plus de 5 000 mètres d’altitude.
Au cours de ce voyage, il est accompagné par son oncle, caravanier, qui se rend de l’autre côté de la vallée pour y vendre ses yacks, à l’occasion du Lo-Sar, le Nouvel an tibétain. Puis Urgan continuera sa route, accompagné de son cousin Norbou, âgé de 19 ans.
Ensemble, pendant plusieurs jours, ils parcourront un chemin initiatique jalonné de situations cocasses, de rencontres inattendues, spirituelles, inquiétantes ou fascinantes : Un chemin vers l’éveil…
Réalisateur : Corinne GLOWACKI et Philippe BIGOT
13 aug. 2012
Depuis l’aube des temps, l’Himalaya fascine les hommes.
Attirés par les fabuleux paysages suspendus à ses flancs ou nichés dans ses contreforts, Marie-José et René Wiedmer ont parcouru les montagnes majestueuses du Ladakh et du Zanskar, longé plusieurs vallées, rencontré des peuples fascinants et découvert des cultures imprégnées de légendes et de traditions séculaires. Ainsi au gré de chaque rencontre et de chaque opportunité, ils ont rapporté des images pour louer la magie du toit du monde.
Derrière l’Himalaya existe un goût d’éternité !
Images : Marie-José et René Wiedmer
Réalisation : René Wiedmer
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A film by Bruno Sorrentino
From the moment he was born, Erodo, a Kenyan boy born to a tribe of cattle nomads in 1992, has had his life documented by filmmaker Bruno Sorrentino.
Over the last 20 years his life has been shaped by ethnic violence and by the tension between his father’s desire to continue the old traditions of herding and his mother’s belief that settled society and education are the future.
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From “Disappearing World”
30 Africa Rising | Documentary | World Affairs | Poverty | Ethiopia | African Economy | Western Aid
4 dec. 2020
Africa Rising – The scandal of Ethiopia is that, like much of Africa, it’s a potentially rich country with enormous resources: what has never been recognised, until now, is that the solution to its dilemma lies in the hands of its own people.
Africa Rising (2009)
Narrator: Tilda Swinton
Director: Jamie Doran
Stars: Tilda Swinton
Genre: World Affairs | Documentary
Remember Band Aid, Live Aid and the developed countries’ determination to ‘Feed The World’? We failed – there are more Africans living in extreme poverty today than ever before. Shot in high definition, Africa Rising goes right inside the extraordinary story of how a large rural area of Ethiopia is taking itself out of poverty. With a cast of thousands, our film will open the eyes of the world to a new dawn…………. Africans solving Africa’s needs themselves.
In a controversial, colourful and frequently uplifting one-hour documentary, we highlight the failure of Western policies towards Africa, asking whether it’s time to reconsider the role of Western aid workers on the continent.
Take a look around Ethiopia: in many regions schools lie abandoned; in others you find derelict hospitals; all around are vast areas of dry, barren land where the soil has been washed away. Misguided western governments and agencies thought they knew the answer – billions upon billions of dollars, euros and yen committed, with virtually no long-lasting results and much of the money ending up in the wage packets of foreign aid workers, in bank accounts far from Africa. It didn’t need to be this way; with costs at just a fraction of the norm, the answer was astonishingly simple. Twenty men and women are taught new skills such as dam building, bricklaying, soil rotation, micro-banking or livestock rearing. The deal is that each of them has to pass their new- found knowledge on to twenty more; their ‘followers’. Those followers then pass it on to twenty more ….and so on. Within a short period, tens-of-thousands are now growing cash crops for the first time, digging irrigation systems and even building their own hospitals and schools.
Shot on a grand scale across great swathes of land, this film records a success story in one of the most deprived regions of the world.
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