Category Archives: Movies

Shark Callers

The Sharkcallers of Kontu depicts the ancient tradition of ‘sharkcalling’ in the village of Kontu, on the remote west coast of New Ireland in Papua New Guinea. There are only a few men remaining who use magic to call, trap and kill sharks by hand from their small outrigger canoes. Making this very old and extraordinary practice the spine of the film, the filmmaker also weaves in a compelling portrait of the daily life of the villagers. The Sharkcallers of Kontu explores the changes to cultural values and traditional customs wrought by colonisation, alcohol, commerce and Christianity. The film is beautifully shot in an observational style and makes memorable use of archival stills and interviews with villagers. Filmmaker Dennis O’Rourke narrates.

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Buddha’s Lost Children

Buddha’s Lost Children is a beautiful documentary from the Dutch filmmaker Mark Verkerk. He follows the Thai Buddhist monk Khru Bah, who dedicated his life on helping the people in the villages and training orphans to be good Buddhists. The area he lives in is very poor and a lot of people are addicted or have been addicted to drugs. He bless them and teach them the good and bad things in life.
He also takes care of little orphans and with his help they can learn to take care of themselves and others, they have enough food and are able to go to school.

Music: Tibetan Incantations – Om Mani Padme Hum.
Chants of Tibet: The Meditative Sound of Buddhist Chants

Om mani padme hum (Derived from the Sanskrit, Devanagari ॐ मणि पद्मे हूँ, IAST oṃ maṇi padme huṃ) is probably the most famous mantra in Buddhism, the six syllabled mantra of the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteshvara (Tibetan Chenrezig, Chinese Guanyin). The mantra is particularly associated with the four-armed Shadakshari form of Avalokiteshvara.

Impact of Skateboarding in South Africa

Within the Valley of a Thousand Hills in rural Durban, South Africa, there’s a group of young skateboarders practicing on a half-pipe and a bowl. They’re all part of the Indigo Skate Camp, a movement that looks to nurture sustainable skateboarding environments for rural and vulnerable youths, and Andile Msomi is one of them. The camp looks to empower local Zulu villagers to learn and grow through the language of skateboarding—and that they do. This short documentary by Jess Colquhoun follows Andile and his friends to their first competition, where the most important thing is not to win but to enjoy the ride.

Book Selects – Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos

Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos: A Practical Guide to Planning, Filming, and Editing Documentaries of Real Events by Barry Hampe

This book definitely was a good go to when I first began recording video and ended up with a box of tapes with little idea of how to bring together a cohesive project.

Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos is the perfect text for students of filmmaking who would like to make a documentary. Barry Hampe, who has made more than 150 documentary films and videos, traces the two main approaches to documentary–recording behavior and re-creating past events―and shows students how to do both effectively. Covering all the steps, from conceptualization to completion, the book includes chapters on visual evidence; documentary ethics; why reality is not enough; budgeting; and casting, crew, and equipment selection.

Availabe on  –  Amazon & PDF (will find the link)

 

Ghost in the Shell Trailer

If you grew up even a little close to anime or video games then you should know about Ghost in the Shell. Definitely one of the anime stories that I couldnt quite understand at a young age and now that im older I still havent taken the time to re watch all the old stuff to really grasp the storyline. Either way Hollywood has arrived to capitalize and change the characters into themselves as usual!

Maria Sabina Documentary


María Sabina Magdalena García (22 of July of 1894 – 23 of November of 1985) was a curandera of the ethnic Mexican mazateca, exerted its profession mainly in the town of Huautla de Jiménez located in the mountain range Mazateca, to the south Of Mexico, in the state of Oaxaca.

After her traditional knowledge about the ceremonial and healing use of hallucinogenic mushrooms, which she called “holy children,” which grew in her region, were spread by amateur banker and mycologist Robert Gordon Wasson, Maria Sabina was converted into a National and international celebrity, especially among people who struggle for the open and legal use of psychoactive substances