Monthly Archive for: ‘October, 2017’

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Honored that our film, Holy (un)Holy River,…

Honored that our film, Holy (un)Holy River, was awarded Best Cinematography at the 20th Annual United Nations Association Film Festival. It was a long process for @pedromcbride and I to tell the story of the Ganges, and very happy to see it resonate well with audiences around the world. Huge thanks to the jury, audience, and team at #UNAFF2017! #liveyouradventure #gangas2s #gangaaction

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The #Ganges River in India is a…

The #Ganges River in India is a flowing contradiction. On the one hand, the river is revered, viewed as a living incarnation of the divine in the form of the goddess Maa Ganga. Her physical embodiment as the flowing waters and fertile floodplains of this mighty river that sustains some 500 million people along its 1600 mile course is also revered, for without her the breadbasket of north India would have no lifeblood. Simultaneously, though, and counter-intuitively, the river is a blighted example of anti-respect and abject defilement. Maa Ganga’s waters are recipients of billions of liters of untreated sewage, industrial chemicals, toxic runoff, and human remains on a daily basis; the ample prayers offered to her are no match for the incoming pollutants. It is a strange dichotomy, a river revered and reviled, a paradox of our time and one which threatens the very existence of the Ganges in all its majesty. I’m trilled that our film, Holy (un)Holy River, will screen this weekend at the 20th United Nations Association Film Festival at Stanford (see link in profile), and I’ll be there to answer questions afterward. Hope to see you there! #UNAFF2017 #unaff #liveyouradventure #gangas2s #holyunholyriver @pedromcbride

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As friends around the world gather to…

As friends around the world gather to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Light, I find myself thinking about how important the idea is in this day and age. If you’re not familiar with it, Diwali (or Tihar in Nepal) is a grand festival of light – both visual and spiritual – and celebrates the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, hope over despair, and light over darkness. As our world seems ever more consumed with hatred and violence, division and destruction, anger, vitriol, and spite, let’s all bring some light into our corners, some hope into this world, and remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness, in a descending spiral of destruction. The chain reaction of evil must
be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.” #liveyouradventure #lettherebelight #diwali #lightoverdarkness #Tihar #martinlutherkingjr #goodoverevil

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