The Handmaid’s Tale is the most horrific thing I have ever seen

15 Jul

I very much like this review. It says: “The Handmaid’s Tale has come at the right time to entertain and divert us. But it also does what great storytelling always has: It invites us to step back from our entrenched ideas—whatever they are—and think about where they fit into a broader view of history. Could the ultra-authoritarian world of The Handmaid’s Tale ever become our reality? It’s up to us to decide.” I would say there is a lot to think about!

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One of the most exciting new science fiction shows on the Web right now isn’t exactly fun. The Handmaid’s Tale, currently streaming its first three episodes on Hulu, may repulse you, incense you, or just make you cry. But like a good workout that makes your muscles burn, the hurt of watching this series eventually results in something great.

Based on the celebrated 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale is a half-dystopia, half-fairy tale about what happens to the United States after a far-right religious group seizes control of the government. There are a few notable changes from the novel, but, for the most part, the series follows the events of Atwood’s book faithfully.

We aren’t quite sure how the new nation of Gilead was formed, but we hear bits and pieces about a war that has left “the colonies” a radioactive wasteland. Food is…

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Going non-traditional

15 Jul

This is about the movie “My Happy Family”.


Peter and I watch quite regularly ‘Der Tag’, that is a program on the Deutsche Welle (DW). Today film director Simon Groß was interviewed on that program. Simon pointed out that he made the above movie together with his wife and that to have a close working relationship with your wife may cause some problems.

In the  movie,. the middle aged school-teacher,  who  lives with her husband in an extended very large family, decides she has to move out and live on her own because ‘she cannot breathe”.

This movie is set in Georgia, ” where the language has a special lilt, and where any festive gathering means people will sing, in a rich, resonant chorus. . . .”

Here is a bit more of what it says in one of the reviews to the movie:

“Manana and Soso live with her family, which she’s sick of (and we can see why). They consist of her querulous and bossy mother (Berta Khapava), her brother, her grandfather, her husband, son Lasha (Giorgi Tabidze) and daughter Nino (Tsisia Qumsashvili) and daughter’s husband, augmented on occasion by aunts, uncles and other relatives, as needed. The big squabbles concern Manana’s decision to move into a cheap apartment on her own, leaving her husband and all the rest, but the squabbles themselves show us why Manana would want to take this liberating step. It’s not that she can’t get along with her husband. She can’t breathe.

Her departure is against the wishes of everyone over 25. But it’s a foregone conclusion we’re aware of from the first scene, when she views a sunny if shabby flat in an unfashionable but quiet neighborhood. The price is right, and the decision is made. The objections confirm its validity. But will Manana stay with this decision? Will the tomatoes she plants on the balcony bear fruit? Stay tuned – though the film ends with a question mark, as it should. The conflicts here depicted between traditional and nuclear families, couples and independence, aren’t easily resolved. . . . .”

I am intrigued by the questions that come up because of the movie’s ending. Who knows the answers to all these questions:

Is it better to live in a traditional or in a nuclear family?

Is it better if couples live together or is there some benefit to a couple’s relationship if they each have their own place?

What makes for happy families?



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10 Jul


Is humanity in danger of destroying itself?

Can love save humanity?

Is it possible to learn to love more?


10 Jul

Published on Oct 12, 2015
If you were setting out to make a country rich, what kind of mindsets and ideas would be most likely to achieve your goals? We invent a country, Richland, and try to imagine the psychology of its inhabitants. If you like our films, take a look at our shop (we ship worldwide):


“Most of what we call ‘politics’ really revolves around the question of what you need to do to make a country richer.
Rather than ask this of any specific country, let’s imagine designing a country from scratch. How could you make it as rich as possible?

Suppose the brief was to design ‘Richland’: an ideal wealth-creating society. What would be the chief characteristics you’d need to build into this society? What would a nation look like that was ideally suited to success in modern capitalism?…”

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Women’s Ceremony Art – Central Art in Australia

7 Jul

Awelve is the Anmatyerre word for women’s ceremonies. Awelye also refers specifically to the designs applied to a women’s body as part of a ceremony.

The Awelye is performed by Aboriginal women to recall their ancestors, to show respect for their country and to demonstrate their responsibility for the wellbeing of their community.

Since it reflects women’s role as the nurturer the Awelye makes connections with the fertility of the land and a celebration of the aboriginal food it provides. It is women’s business and is never done in the presence of men.

The Awelye ceremony begins with the women painting each others’ bodies in designs relating to a particular women’s Dreaming and in accordance with their skin name and tribal hierarchy. The Awelye designs represent a range of Dreamings including animals and plants, healing and law.

The designs are painted on the chest and shoulders using powders ground from

ochre, charcoal and ash. It is applied with a flat stick with padding or withfingers in raw linear and curved lines. This is a meditative and sensualexperience.

The act of decorating the body transforms the individual and changes their identity. During the painting which can take up to three hours, the women chant their Dreaming. The final part of the ceremony is when the women dance and chant.

Central Art has a wide collection of Awelye paintings from the women in Utopia including the prominent artist Ada Bird Petyarre. She was one of the first to paint the Awelye and her bold strong paintings remain iconic Awelye art.

Minnie Pwerle’s work combines the traditional Awelye and the bush melon seeds conveying her connection with her country and her Dreaming. The linear pattern represents the designs painted on the top half of a women’s body.

.. . . . . .”

“Central Art is a leading gallery specialising in art from the very heart of Australia – contemporary works by Aboriginal artists of the Central and Western Deserts. It uniquely combines a large private showroom in Alice Springs with a richly informative on-line gallery, so that viewers anywhere can enjoy this exceptional art and learn more about the Aboriginal artists, their traditional lands and culture. . . . “

A film by John Pilger: UTOPIA

7 Jul

Doesitevenmatter is sharing what’s on her mind:

6 Jul

 The blogger doesitevematter wrote a blog about a painting on the 5th of this month. The heading is:

sPEEking of paintings…

This is what is said about the painting in the above blog.

“The words “der löwe”, on the painting, are German for “the lion”. Also, there was a famous German prince from the 1100’s named Heinrich der Löwe (Henry the Lion).”

“This blog post is about Tank. Tank is not a painter. He’s an art critic.”

Have a look, what a beautiful art critic this Tank is!