Thursday, August 18, 2005



Since the introduction of "talkies" at the beginning of the 20th century, to the inception of the big production houses like Paramount and 20th Century Fox, and to today's multi-billion dollar business, movies of every genre continue to fascinate, educate, entertain and touch us. The value we put in this industry has no limit to the point that we are happy to pay movie actors millions and millions of dollars. I've been a movie buff since childhood and one of my earliest memories is watching the Wizard of Oz with Judy Garland. I rejoiced when my own 10 yr. old expressed his own love of this timeless classic!
In the last couple of years I've also discovered "Bollywood".
Indian movies have opened up a whole new world to me that in all sincerity I was completely ignorant about. Thousands of Bollywood movies are produced every year but out of those thousands there are a number that rise to the surface. These movies are not just memorable for their music and dance, their colourful costumes and their gorgeous actors, but because of the beautiful stories that are being told. They are stories that speak of "connections". Connections with lovers, friends, parents, brothers and sisters, with ourselves and with our land of origin. Little by little I stopped focusing on the "cultural" aspect of these movies, and started to see the "human experience" that was being told through these stories.
As Canadians, we have the privilege of living in a country that is the home to people of many cultural backgrounds. We have the opportunity to learn and grow from other cultures.
More importantly we can stop seeing people of other cultural backgrounds as "different" and we can start to learn from the "human experience".
Once we stop focusing on the differences we will notice the thread that connects us all.

Quote of the day
We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return as results.
Herman Melville

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