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Remarkable People

Let us remember a few remarkable people; one is Chana Szpilman Wallace, who passed away in February, and whose recent obituary, published in this weekend’s Globe and Mail, starts with, “She may not have looked it, but Chana Szpilman Wallace was almost certainly much tougher than you”, and after reading it, one may be in no doubt about the truth of that statement. She died at the age of 107, one of the oldest survivors of the Holocaust, cousin to Wladyslaw Szpilman, the pianist who was the very last performer on Radio Warsaw before the airwaves went silent for the duration of the war, and whose  life was portrayed in the Academy Award-winning 2002 film The PianistChana Szpilman Wallace lived her long life with love, hope and faith in human kindness, an exemplary facility given the adversity she lived through…

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Wallace explained her own secrets to long life. “From childhood, I always said that you should never give up in your life. Have faith in God and don’t give in. Never say ‘I can’t’ and don’t look for trouble. Most importantly, don’t say ‘I had a bad day yesterday.’ Think positive. Be grateful. Live for today and tomorrow, live for others before yourself, and be kind to people. Then you’ll be happy,” she said. Read another obituary on her at InsideToronto. A week after Chara Szpilman Wallace passed away, Alice Herz-Sommer, another extraordinary Holocaust survivor died at the age of 110. Also a woman of remarkable strength and fortitude, Alice was a world-renowned pianist, who used music as a balm, as a source of spiritual food, spreading her gift to so many during those terrible times and long after them. Read her obituaries in The GuardianThe Telegraph and The New York Times. Below, watch a trailer for the 2013 Academy Award-winning short documentary on her in ‘The Lady in Number 6‘ by filmmaker Malcolm Clarke (read an interview with him here). Alice wrote a book about her experiences in 2010, ‘The Garden of Eden in Hell‘…

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…watch a New York Times Op-Doc short film here on Branko Lustig, also an Auschwitz survivor and producer of the film Schindler’s List. He says, ‘I think the story of Auschwitz, when we die, the last survivors, slowly the people will forget, there will be these books and films and that’s it.”

We must pay attention to what these people have to say, as they are a gift to us all. They add immeasurable knowledge to the sum of what it means to be human.

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54 Hours

From the National Film Board of Canada, ‘54 Hours, an evocative short film directed by Bruce Alcock,  Paton Francis and animated by Kevin Langdale which describes the 1914 Newfoundland sealing disaster which happened exactly one hundred years ago…

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“This short animation is a remarkably vivid account of the 1914 tragedy in which 132 men were stranded on the ice during a severe snowstorm off the coast of Newfoundland. 78 men froze to death on the pack ice. In the spring of 1914, the last of the wooden seal hunting ships in a steel-dominated industry was the Newfoundland, manned by men from across the province. The ship was unable to reach a seal pack due to its lack of ice-breaking power, and 132 men were ordered off the boat and onto the ice to hunt. The ship had no radio equipment, and the men spent two unbearable nights on the ice. Survivor testimony, striking archival materials, weather visualizations, inventive animation and puppetry are seamlessly blended to recreate this harrowing ordeal.”

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…watch a wee ‘Making Of’ film with the writer Michael Crummey and directors  Bruce Alcock and Paton Francis below. Check out the large cut-out characters behind them, reminiscent of Javanese puppets

…and the making of the soundtrack…

 …read an article on the film in The Telegram

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Font Men

“You may not have heard of Jonathan Hoefler or Tobias Frere-Jones but you’ve seen their work. Before their recent split, they collectively ran the most successful and well respected type design studio in the world, creating fonts used by everyone from the Wall Street Journal to the President of the United States. ‘Font Men‘, gives a peek behind the curtain into the world of Jonathan and Tobias. Tracking the history of their personal trajectories, sharing the forces that brought them together and giving an exclusive look at the successful empire they built together.”

Font Men – SXSW 2014 Official Selection from dress code on Vimeo.

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Watermark

I’m looking forward to seeing ‘Watermark‘, the feature length film made by Canadian photographer Edward Burtnsky, filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and producer Nicholas de Pencier, showing man’s relationship with water around the globe, and which just won ‘Best Documentary’ at the Canadian Screen Awards

Burtynsky’s majestic photographs tell stories of man’s inextricable relationship with the landscape, and Burtynsky has chosen some big subjects to portray: oil spills, mining, China, and below, water….

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“Without water we are nothing, the traveller thought. Even an emperor, denied water, would swiftly turn to dust.
Water is the real monarch, and we are all its slaves.”

— Salman Rushdie

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Hong Kong Honey

Product designer and founder of Hong Kong Honey, Michael Leung talks about raising bees in Hong Kong in this Nokia short film, directed by Kiku Ohe. ”HK Honey is an organisation of Hong Kong beekeepers, artists & designers who aim to communicate the value of bees to the human food chain & the benefits of locally produced honey. With a network of bee farms and a design studio, Michael and HK Honey harvest local honey & design products and services relating to urban beekeeping”.…

Nokia, HK Honey from the silentlights on Vimeo.

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