Depression.

Curta-metragem realizada pela organização dinamarquesa The Current.
Short film made by a Danish media organization The Current.

Intitulado ‘Black Dog’, o vídeo captura um dia na vida de um homem que sofre de depressão.

Titled ‘Black Dog,’ the video captures a day in the life of a man suffering from depression.

DEPRESSION – By Sara Bøgh
Growing up I knew nothing of depression. I didn’t know anyone who suffered from it, and it manifested in my vocabulary mostly as a describer of sadness: “Oh, I feel so depressed today”, or “God, that’s depressing”. I grew up in a provincial area of Denmark, where mental illness most often is a taboo. Talking openly about your inner feelings wasn’t generally condoned, unless they were feelings of happiness, progress, or success of course. So years later, while living in Canada, when a good university friend of mine told me she had suffered from depression in high school, I reacted with skepticism and little understanding. “What do you mean, you couldn’t get out of bed in the morning?”
Well, what she meant was that a physical, chemical imbalance in her body affected the way her brain sends signals, in turn affecting her feelings. This concept, that mental illness, in this case depression, is just as much a physical condition, took me a long time to understand and accept. Depression is not a choice. It’s not an abstract notion that an individual creates in her or his own mind because they ‘feel sorry for themselves’. It is a condition brought about by a number of varying factors, environmental and biological, that affect the body, just like physical illness. This might sound obvious to some, but in my experience conditions such as stress or depression have not been socially acceptable, or even considered ‘real’ by many people.

I recently met with a friend involved with The Current, and we talked about the films and depression, and she told me she has suffered from anxiety, has had a severe depression, and been in an out of psychiatric institutions throughout her life. She has been off medication for a little less than 2 years now, and considers herself ‘cured’. Throughout her childhood she felt an immense pressure to be an outgoing, happy, talkative, extroverted girl, with no room for sadness and failure. She felt as if everyone around her expected this version of her, and if she couldn’t deliver, she was a failure. Over the years her anxiety grew, and in early adulthood she suffered a deep depression. She described it as the mind being a clouded and dark place you can’t escape. No hope, no future, no reason to get out of bed, no reason for anything at all. She contacted her doctor, and got an appointment for assessment 8 months later. One day she found herself in the middle of a suicide attempt, and was admitted to a psychiatric hospital, 4 months prior to her appointment. I can’t help but wonder if she had broken her leg, developed diabetes, or just had the flu – she would have been prioritized differently in the system. She still encounters friends who might remark: “Well, I feel like I want to die sometimes, too”, as if depression is a single fleeting feeling you might encounter during your day, but rationality keeps you from acting upon. Why this social stigma that mental illness, mental pain, is not equal to physical illness and pain, escapes me?

If we go back in history mental illnesses, like ‘madness’, were considered physical ailments and treated as such for over 2000 years. The distinction between illness of the body and illness of the mind, only occurred in the late 1700s, when medical innovation and post-mortem examination could reveal that insanity was not accompanied by the obvious pathological changes found in other diseases. Separate asylums for treating mental disorders moved patients away from regular physicians, and a distinction in both treatment and vocabulary for mental disorders emerged. This distinction remains as a descriptor in society today, although contemporary medicine treats both mental and physical disorder as two sides of the same coin. “The fact is, it is not possible to identify any characteristic features of either the symptomatology or the aetiology of so-called mental illnesses that consistently distinguish them from physical illnesses. Nor do so-called physical illnesses have any characteristics that distinguish them reliably from mental illnesses.” *

Science tells us that the psyche and the physical body are inseparable. They affect each other, and are in fact a part of each other. If we open up to the notion that all types of illness deserve equal attention, if we can find social acceptance of so-called mental disorders, and pull them out of their taboos, sufferers will feel more comfortable coming forward, and we can treat people at earlier stages. We don’t all have the same point of reference in our life. I didn’t understand my girlfriend and the path she’d traveled back in high school, but over time I’ve managed to open up and see things from her perspective. Physical or mental pain – no one should be alone with it.

Salvador Dali – A Soft Self Portrait (1970)

Originally produced for a French television audience, this portrait of the surrealist artist Salvador Dali details the dreamlike inspiration behind many of his avant-garde creations. Set in Dali’s hometown of Lligat, Spain, the artist himself takes the viewer on a tour of the creative process that is behind his remarkable body of work. Journey into the subconscious of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and take a look at the world through Salvador Dali’s eyes with this program that he both designed and performed. The documentary is directed by Jean-Christopher Averty, with narration provided by Orson Welles.

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0195228/

INFLUENCERS (2010)

INFLUENCERS is a short documentary that explores what it means to be an influencer and how trends and creativity become contagious today in music, fashion and entertainment.
The film attempts to understand the essence of influence, what makes a person influential without taking a statistical or metric approach.
 
Written and Directed by Paul Rojanathara and Davis Johnson, the film is a Polaroid snapshot of New York influential creatives (advertising, design, fashion and entertainment) who are shaping today’s pop culture.
 
“Influencers” belongs to the new generation of short films, webdocs, which combine the documentary style and the online experience.

Les Amours Imaginaires (2010)

Director: Xavier Dolan
Cast: Xavier Dolan, Monia Chokri, Niels Schneider
Year: 2010
A must see to all the indie movie lovers!

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Les amours imaginaires.

The story of three close friends who are involved in a love-triangle.



“The Model: Oshun and the Dream” – Seu Jorge & Almaz

Part I

Seu Jorge and Almaz - The Model (Chapter One) from Now-Again on Vimeo.

Part II

"The Model: Oshun and the Dream" from Now-Again on Vimeo.

Now-Again Records and What Matters Most present a film based on the released Seu Jorge and Almaz album by Brazilian singer and actor Seu Jorge. "The Model: Oshun and the Dream" stars Jorge as he continues to struggle with this echoing image of "The Model"...

    

Directed & Edited by Kahlil Joseph 
Photography by Bradford Young 
Music by Seu Jorge and Almaz 
Produced by Omid Fatemi and Daniel Song for What Matters 
Most  Featuring music from the Now-Again Records album Seu Jorge and Almaz

Music/Movie of the day – Que sera sera

Lyrics:

When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother, what will I be
Will I be pretty, will I be rich
Here’s what she said to me.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

When I was young, I fell in love
I asked my sweetheart what lies ahead
Will we have rainbows, day after day
Here’s what my sweetheart said.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

Now I have children of my own
They ask their mother, what will I be
Will I be handsome, will I be rich
I tell them tenderly.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

           

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Dr. Ben McKenna, his wife Jo and their son Hank are on a touring holiday of Africa when they meet the mysterious Louis Bernard on a bus. The next day Bernard is murdered in the local marketplace, but before he dies he manages to reveal details of an assassination about to take place in London. Fearing that their plot will be revealed, the assassins kidnap Hank in order to keep the McKenna’s silent. Ben and Jo go to London and take matters into their own hands. 

source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049470/