When talking about the problem of refugees, we use dehumanised language, which reduces human tragedy to numbers and statistics. But this suffering concerns real people, who – just like us – have families, loved ones, friends; their own stories, dreams, goals… Only when you sit down opposite a specific person and look into their eyes, you no longer see an anonymous refugee, one of the migrants, and notice the human before you, just like yourself – loving, suffering, dreaming…
20 years ago, psychologist Arthur Aron discovered that 4 minutes of looking into each other’s eyes can bring people closer. Using this discovery, we decided to carry out a simple experiment, during which refugees and Europeans sat opposite each other and looked into each other’s eyes. Clearly, it is most important to give each other time to better understand and get to know each other.
The experiment was conducted in Berlin: the city, which – first of all – is a symbol of overcoming the divisions, and secondly, seems to be the centre of the contemporary Europe. We wanted the movie created on the basis of the experiment to be as symbolic as possible – and to touch upon the general divisions between people.
The experiment participants were ordinary people. The situations were not staged; we wanted to get natural, spontaneous reactions. The people sitting opposite each other had not known each other before and saw each other for the first time during the experiment. What is important, the refugees mostly came from Syria and had not been living in Europe for longer than a year.
The Royal Mail is celebrating Pink Floyd, one of the most influential and successful British bands of all time, with a superb range of stamps, limited edition souvenirs and gifts.
Renowned for creating some of rock music’s most acclaimed albums and iconic imagery, Pink Floyd are also lauded for their ground-breaking live performances. Royal Mail has worked closely with Pink Floyd to bring you crazy diamonds this exceptional collection.
The Royal Mail’s limited edition 10 stamp collection will pay tribute to the 50 years since the group started. Classic Floyd album covers that made the cut include The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, Atom Heart Mother, The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Endless River.
To pre-order, go here.
In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it scene, The Clash’s Mick Jones, Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon and some of their friends including part-time manager Kosmo Vinyl, singers Ellen Foley (“Paradise by the Dashboard Light”, Night Court) and Pearl Harbour (who would eventually marry Simonon) and filmmaker Don Letts are credited in The King of Comedy as “Street Scum.” The 1982 American satirical black comedy-drama film was directed by Martin Scorsese and starred Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis and Sandra Bernhard.
One day after revealing that singer Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer, iconic Canadian band, The Tragically Hip have released the dates of their upcoming cross-Canada tour. The tour kicks off on July 22 in Victoria, BC before wrapping in Kingston, ON on August 20. Man Machine Poem, the group’s 14th studio album, will be released on June 17.
Tickets for the Man Machine Poem Tour will go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 3 at 10am at www.livenation.com. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, May 31 at 10am local time through Thursday, June 2 at 10pm. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Sunnybrook Foundation.
The Tragically Hip – Man Machine Poem Tour
Friday, July 22 Victoria, BC Save On Foods Memorial Centre
Sunday, July 24 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Thursday, July 28 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Monday, August 1 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
Friday, August 5 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
Monday, August 8 London, ON Budweiser Gardens
Wednesday, August 10 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Friday, August 12 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Tuesday, August 16 Hamilton, ON FirstOntario Centre
Thursday, August 18 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre
Saturday, August 20 Kingston, ON Rogers K-Rock Centre
”The most unfettered imagination belongs to young people, and they don’t walk through life; they fly” – Rod Serling in 1963.
If you’ve never seen the Twilight Zone, you’re missing what might be one of the smartest and most thought-provoking television series of all-time. On the surface, it mimicked ordinary life. The pace was ordinary until challenges to the deepest fears and uncertainties that lurk inside the mind took hold.
The series ran from 1959-64 and was created by Rod Serling. The show was mesmerizing audiences across the U.S. when he was interviewed for Australian radio by Binny Lum. We came across this conversation in Australia’s National Film and Sound Archive and it’s one of those delightful back and forths that makes you stop and listen. Serling jumps into the conversation, there’s little apprehension, and suddenly he takes you on a journey thinking about your own past and childhood, and the ultimate realization that “you simply cannot go home again.”
Alexei Romanov, a teenager from Zelenodolsk, Tatarstan, Russia, is a 25-year-old who was born without hands. He taught himself how to play piano despite this fact, and amazes everyone who has watched his performance of the Twilight theme on the piano.
Martin Scorsese during the filming of Taxi Driver --- Image by © Steve Schapiro/Corbis
Who better to get acting advice from the great Robert DeNiro, even if it’s only for a small scene you have in a little movie? That you’re directing. And your name is Martin Scorsese. And the little movie is the classic 1976 film Taxi Driver.
When George Memmoli, the actor who was to play a man stalking his wife who hails a ride with Travis, was injured on another movie, Scorsese agreed to play the character, and asked DeNiro on a few pieces of advice.
Here’s the “Sick Passenger” scene featuring Scorcese.