Today I saw this very beautiful little piece of celluloid from Amnesty International and felt to repost it here on my blog for a couple of reasons;
1. It reminded me of the after-school club I used to attend in the 80′s. Once a week, a small group of students and teachers would stay behind after school together to write protest letters on behalf of Amnesty International, in support of various humanitarian causes. For me, this weekly ritual was instrumental in the development of a social conscience, and a belief in the value of social, political and Eco activism that I have carried ever since. Does this kind of thing still happen in schools and colleges anymore? If it doesn’t, it should.
2. More importantly, it got me deeeep in the feels.
Approximately 5 years ago, I randomly sat opposite a wonderful woman called *Sophia Zoe Efthimiou at Jamie Catto’s brilliant Transforming Shadows workshop. We took part in this silent eye gazing exercise for 7 minutes. At around 4 minutes in, tears streamed down my face. I remember so clearly the depth of love evident in the eyes of this stranger opposite me, and the waves of emotion that were released from feeling so ‘seen’. [click to continue…]