In spite of all the persecution they’ve suffered, women continue to have an inherent resilience that’s of great importance to our sad, sick world.
Film is one of the most powerful creative arts. In this arena, we can see the same pattern of persecution followed by a rebounding strength:
From Wikipedia: Women’s cinema “Alice Guy-Blaché made the very first feature film La fée aux choux in 1896.”
From Traction: 2007 Celluloid Ceiling Report “Women accounted for 6% of directors in 2007, a decline of one percentage point since 2006. This figure is almost half the percentage of women directors working in 2000 when women accounted for 11% of all directors.”
From Women In The Director’s Chair: Film & Entertainment Industry Facts “There are 39 film festivals solely dedicated to showing the work of women directors throughout the world.”
I want to introduce you to two short films made by young women—resilient, potent, strong women.
As a man, I’ve learned to realize the critical importance of women, not just in film but in all walks of life, from being the first educators of children to being the leaders of a new culture of fairness and justice.
So, without further ado, Indymedia Presents, in cooperation with OurMedia and ReelGrrls, Two Films: one serious, one shocking.
“The progress of humanity depends on men and women working together; therefore, both must be equally developed. Women, given equal opportunities for education, have already proven to be the equals of men in intellectual and creative capacity. Men must encourage and facilitate the full development of women, as women must support men in their development towards this new condition of society.”
Bahá’í International Community, 1993 Mar 15, Women and the Peace Process
Here’s the full document, written to the 37th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
There’s an old psychological technique to help a person free-up their thinking. It’s simple and seems, at first blush, totally silly and useless.
First: Look around you.
Second: Name, out loud, what you see.
Third: Make sure each name is Not what the object is usually called. (ex., looking at a hat, you say elephant.)
The effort to misname things loosens your creativity and promotes innovation.
In a recent Fortune interview, Larry Page (co-founder of Google), commenting on innovation, said, “My argument is that people aren’t thinking that way.
“Instead, it’s sort of like ‘We are captives of the world, and whatever happens, happens.’ That’s not the case at all. It really matters whether people are working on generating clean energy or improving transportation or making the Internet work better and all those things. And small groups of people can have a really huge impact.”
And, from an article entitled, Relationship Between Disarmament and Development, the critical importance of innovative thinking and action are stressed:
“We witness around us an accelerating two-fold process of disintegration and integration. There is a breakdown of exhausted and inappropriate ideals, of archaic institutions and ideas, of empty customs and beliefs, while at the same time there is a burgeoning of new ideas, fresh discoveries in science, insights into human behavior, innovations in the management of human affairs. These perturbations and crises could give birth to new hope and promise and must be seen as opportunities for greater measures of creative human effort. The real enemies are not other nation-states, but ignorance, prejudice, greed, poverty, and disease. Such adversaries are far more worthy of our human and natural resources.”
Baha’i International Community, 1987 Aug 24, Relationship Between Disarmament and Development