Movies That Matter.

If you haven’t been there, go there!

Movies That Matter is on in The Hague until next Wednesday when the party hit’s the theatre. And you better don’t miss it if you care for great filming, documentaries and human rights. All in an amazing mix. And next year there will be another Dutch film there as far as I am concerned.

That is also where my only criticism is to this wonderful cinematographic event. Too few Dutch films and too many films focussing on the Arabian Spring, the Middle East, North Africa and Iran / Iraq. As if there isn’t really happening much concerning human rights elsewhere on this beautifully godforsaken planet. Sure, there are films from other areas like China and elsewhere but it seems that the programming this year is a little too much influenced by the usual suspects. It is how it works, when there’s a hot spot on the globe you only have to wait for a year or so and all the film festivals get filled with documentaries about these regions. It would have been nice to see just a little more diversity.

Still, it’s a great little festival. One cinema and one theatre, being next door neighbours, showing great films from great film makers on topics that are important. In this time of Voice of Whateverland, X-Factor and all that crap it’s good, no essential, that festivals like these are there. Quite simply to keep the minds of the people in focus concerning the state of the world. Now that even my country, formerly a decent and social country, has become xenophobic and selfish (who the heel do they think they are that they have the right to even talk about cutting development aid funding) it is so clear to me that we need to grab the attention on what really matters in life. And that is not ecnomical crisis but that’s life itself. And where that is made impossible I can assure you people will loose dignity and decency. And when that happens it not religion but the arts that are the last straw for human values and human rights. Actually, looking at many films in the programma it is ever so clear that it is most of the time religion that is the cause of the problems.

So, do yourself a favor and go there. Watch some movies, talk to people. Get involved and when you’re at the flyer stand near the entry of the Filmhuis cinema, get yourself a Headwind flyer! If not this year, I hope to see you next year. In a seat watching my film.

Alice © 2012

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How a revolution turns sour.

Just like most people in the west, and possibly all over the globe, I was happy to see the regime of Mubarak in Egypt overturned by the people. The images of Tahir square and the bravery of the protestors are still in my memory. Of course the Egyptian people had a right to enter a revolution and get rid of their dictator. Because that was what Mubarak was. Just like most other Arabic leaders in the unfree world of the Middle East. The revolution seemed a success. At least, at first. But months later that whole revolution has gone down the drain. The internal politics of Egypt haven’t changed much and just like political analysts explained it was the military that gained power and control over Egypt. Seemingly, that is.

Now I have a solid opinion that countries should never under any circumstance be ruled by the military. History has proven many times that such rule without exception leads the nation to dire straits. And that is exactly what has happened to Egypt. The revolution is gone. No one really thinks about the victims anymore and now, this night, the so-called revolutionaries turned against their Israeli neighbor. In a moral low hundreds of Egyptian idiots, barbarians and hooligans attacked the Israeli embassy, ransacked the place and as a result of that the Israeli ambassador and his family fled Cairo in the dark of night for safer grounds in Israel. Only little footage of this embarrassing event has been broadcast. Al Jazeera, CNN, BCC and all the others are this time rather slow to cover the events but some more information is coming in every hour and the world will look at all this in disbelief.

Egyptian ‘revolutionaries’ ransacking the Israeli embassy in an outburst of barbarism.

Is this the true face of the Arabic Revolution? Is there another wave of anti-semitism rolling over North Africa? Is it again the name of Allah that’s been shouted in the streets but now against the Israeli’s? Egypt has turned insane. Wars have been started over less than the ransacking of an embassy. The Egyptian government and military obviously were dead slow on responding to the crowds and the so-called revolutionaries lost control of their acts. The revolutionary leaders, if any, are silent now. No press conferences from these people yet. In stead of protecting the Israeli embassy as the Egyptian government is supposed to do according to international law and the Geneva convention, that government let it all happen and only responded after the events got way out of hand.

The damage is done. The Egyptian revolution has been defaced by it’s own people. Egypt is currently ending up being a nation of anti-semetic Arabs running in the streets violently and raging against Israel. That is a disgrace for Egypt, a disgrace for anyone who has supported these lunatics that presented their revolution as a step on the road to democracy in the Arabic world. The after effects of this disgraceful event will echo in the Middle East for a long time. The Egyptian revolution and revolutionaries have lost its and their credibility and the Egyptian government should immediately speak up in regret over what has happened this night.

No longer can any well thinking human support the Egyptian revolution as it has become an ugly monster of degraded barbarism. It’s awful to see how Egypt has become an anarchy and not a democracy. I can only hope that Israel will restrain it’s response and not wage war against Egypt that has obviously become a hostile neighbor that can not be trusted. Knowing history I can not be anyting else than very somber about peace in the Middle East now this has happened. The Egyptian Revolution has turned sour and the result is disgusting.

Alice © 2011