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What I watched at CPH:DOX, part 2

CPH:DOX said “Don’t just watch. Listen.” I really did that. There were so many messages to listen to in this years selection of documentaries. This post continues the list that I started in my part 1 post. MLK/FBI By Sam Pollard This was a good refresher of some history, especially because I probably never got the right history lesson to begin with due to systemic racism, etc. Basically, you could say this was about the FBI stalking MLK. Hoover had his sights elsewhere for a while, but then he became fanatical about digging up dirt on MLK. If you are alive in 50 years, you can read what they dug up. The files are locked away until then. There might be issues that would raise some MeToo issues, but there are definitely issues about civil liberty violations and extremely intrusive surveillance. I think King will still come out as an…

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What I watched at CPH:DOX, part 1

CPH:DOX, also known as Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, has been up and running for a few days now. After the success of last year (for me), I was already to settle in with my popcorn on Thursday 22 April and start watching. You can find descriptions of all the films at cphdox.dk. This post is for my purely personal comments on the films I have seen. Ah, CPHDOX, I love you! The Green Land By the Greenlandic artist Ink Silis Høegh This film was filled with extremely beautiful images from landscapes in Greenland. There are also elements of land art and happenings in it, but that simply isn’t me. I am glad I saw the beauty in this film, but I am simply not tuned into this type of art film. Watched Thursday 22 April. The Lost Sons By Ursula Macfarlane Based on a book, this film was a…

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Komorebi

It is delightful to discover words in other languages that do not exist in your own language. I found a collection of untranslatable words in this Medium article that first introduced me to the word komorebi 7 years ago. I immediately fell in love with the word that is used to describe sunlight being filtered through the trees or “the interplay between the light and the leaves”. It has a sense of discovery in it. There can be all sort of reasons for a word existing or not existing in a language, but that is not my point. I am just charmed by a word that can teach us to open our eyes and minds to beauty everywhere. Soon I was noticing komorebi all the time when out walking. When I visited Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum a few years ago, I realised that Bessie MacNicol, one of the Arts…

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