Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Best of the Week:Born Into Brothels

         There is no doubt in my mind that many people have said that viewing Born Into Brothels was the highlight of the week, though it's kind of an undeniable truth. The film was so raw and truthful and in all honesty, for the majority of the film I felt like I was either fighting back all of the world's tears or I was about to explode from the infinite joy I was experiencing for these children.

It genuinely blew my mind and broke my heart when I realized how truly insightful and full of life these children were. They were speaking of ideas and concepts that I'm not sure I would have thought of on my own, nor would I have payed much attention to it. One of the young girls had pointed out that in order to learn to do something really well, you have to put up with a lot. She makes perfect sense, and it broke my heart knowing that many of these children would not have the opportunity to make something of themselves in the future because of where they were born and raised and how they were raised. It feels as though they were taught many of the wrong things.

 It pained me to know that their insight, curiosity, hopefulness, and their very livelihood would go to waste just because their futures were already predetermined. Their hunger for life and for knowledge was so tangible, it was such a thing of beauty. And although it was sad, Avijit said something that rung so true to me. Although there is sadness and pain, we must still look because it is truth.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

iMedia: Old Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Hearing Music From His Era


I'm not sure that many people truly realize how severely music effects our lives on a daily basis. If humans are stripped of any trace of music in their lives, I believe that they lose a very important part of themselves. It's an unbelievably deep part of our soul and our consciousness, and without it, many of us would lose our sanity. Sometimes music is so overlooked because it surrounds us from every angle, though being estranged from, what I believe to be, a necessity takes a very obvious toll on anybody who would be submitted to such an experience.

This video absolutely blows my mind because before having listened to music perhaps for years, these people are described as basically comatose. Hardly any movement, no reactions or communication, and showing almost no signs of life. Though after having been handed an ipod and a pair of headphones, simply hearing a song they used to listen to instills in them such tangible liveliness and sheer joy. It is one of the most beautiful things I have seen so far, and such nostalgia clearly restores a strong sense of youth in those who have been isolated from music for so many years. Music is immortal and timeless, and for myself, living without music is an impossible task. It is so deeply rooted in my brain that if it were to be taken from me, my mental state would spiral downwards and I definitely would not end up the same person. This video is tragically beautiful, and it shows a human's raw emotions when they gain a long lost piece of their consciousness.