Saturday, July 26, 2014
It’s raining again today in Belo Horizonte…
Steffania tells us about a documentary film festival happening this weekend. The venue, Oi Futuro, is a cultural institution with an exhibition space and a large theater. It’s rumored that this may be the last event here, as the building will be re-purposed as the new headquarters for the Court of Minas Gerais.
I travel by bus (4103 or 4108) and arrive early, so there’s time to check out the exhibition.
A Conexão Brasileira: A Luta Pela Democracia by Helena Solberg provided good historical perspective with multiple points of view both Brazilian and US. It brought up many important issues and even as quite an info heavy documentary, there are visual vignettes with music to create space to process the information and let it sink in. I wonder about environmental consciousness in Brazil? What kind of environmental regulation is there? (Pamela Yates, the filmmaker of “Granito: How to Nail a Dictator” was also involved in the production.) It feels comfortable and familiar to go out and do things that I enjoy alone, without feeling the need to convince others to be my company. I remember coming to this realization years ago in high school, that if I can’t find people to join me for an activity or event, if I go alone I usually find people there who share that interest.
It’s rainy and cold as I leave the theater. Waiting for the bus, I wonder if it makes sense to write field notes of our night excursions?
I rallied for the film but not sure I’ll make it out again tonight in all of this rain…although who knows…it’s not really all that cold but I’m certainly feeling in a wintery mood, cuddled up under a blanket reading and writing.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
A fresh start after a few days of rain.
Pilar joined me today to see two more films Vida de Menina a beautiful film about a girl who grew up in nearby Diamentina and Retorno a Homs a very powerful documentary about a Syrian freedom fighter that left both of us completely hopeless and depressed.
BE FEARLESS! Give each of my ideas a chance. They may not all materialize or work out as I imagine but they can also grow into other things. I’m realizing that the writing I need to be doing is potentially more thematic: participant/observer/documentarian, this is the crux of it for me.