How to Watch a Film – Entering New Worlds

Italian film director Alice Rohrwacher talks of how, as a child, she used to fall asleep in the car on long family trips. She recalls that when she woke up, she was met by a completely different world from the one she started in. She says: ‘this is film’....

Listening to music without words?

Why listen to music without words?  As a jazz trumpet player, I have a personal stake in this question. Recently I proposed to a local coffee shop to host some Jazz concerts. They responded positively, but insisted that I include a singer in my group (which I don’t...

Documentary Film

A film that I will be slow to forget, that momentarily keeps my mind and my imagination more than active is the multiple prize-winning documentary film Nostalgia for the Light from 2010 by the Chilean director Patricio Guzmán. Guzmán is famous for his political...

Understanding Ourselves through Story

Life is so complex that it needs an unlimited amount of stories to express what we go through, how it feels, and how we survive. The writer John Berger asserts: “Between the experience of living a normal life at this moment on the planet and the public...
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