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World Toilet Day

Today is World Toilet Day – most of us probably don’t think too much about this but it’s quite shocking when you realise how many people don’t have access to a safe place to go to the toilet.  Globally it’s 2.5 billion people.

For women in particular this is really bad as it means that 1 in 3 face shame, harassment, disease and even attack just by having nowhere safe to go to the toilet.

The film below really makes me think about what it might be like if I didn’t have a toilet…

 

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Call me Kuchu

Last week I finally took advantage of one of the fantastic events at the Frontline Club and went to a screening of the documentary ‘Call me Kuchu‘.

The film has just been officially released and there are screenings taking place worldwide, so where ever you may be – try to get along to one. Seeing the film highlighted to me just how much is going on in the world all the time that so many of us are largely unaware of.

The film explores the controversial proposed ‘Anti-Homosexuality bill‘ in Uganda and looks at how the LGBT community in Uganda have been fighting for rights and some of the challenges they have faced.  During the production of the film, David Kato, the first openly gay Ugandan and a leading activist was murdered, highlighting the issue further to the international community.

The bill is currently back on the cards and being considered once again in Uganda so the film has been released at a crucial time.

Welcome to India

 

I recently managed to catch the three-part documentary series made for BBC called ‘Welcome to India’ and was massively impressed.  The films were fascinating to watch and so engaging, definitely the most enjoyable documentaries I’ve watched this year I think.

For someone who has travelled and worked extensively in India it was pleasing to see how accurate a picture they paint of Indian characteristics which ring true from the poorest to the richest in the country.  That sense of optimism and entrepreneurship and competitive determination to succeed is something that is quite unique to Indians.  There is literally an opportunity in everything for Indians which is so amazingly resourceful.

What was also brilliant about this series was the clever scripting and the way they were linked to the British audience and in fact a global audience by hooking around themes that affect everyone’s lives and really prompt you to think about how we live.

This links to some short clips from the series highlighting some of the great characters, however if you get the chance to see the whole series don’t miss out!

The majestic plastic bag – a mockumentary

 

Just watched this clever little video re plastic waste in California.  Great, creative little video with a strong message.

Surfing special: The Endless Winter

 

Wow!  I just watched a really cool extended feature documentary about the history of British surfing.  It was amazing.  Why?

1. Sooooo interesting and fun

2. Awesome pics

3. Reminds me again how great the UK is – beautiful and great place to live

4. Fantastic film – editing is really nice – especially how they make use of still images and use animation, filters…etc.

I wish I could surf!!

If you haven’t watched it – go to 4od and check it out!

The day I met the Dalai Lama…

You may be wondering why I’ve been rather quiet on the blog and twitter front recently.  Well, here’s a teaser of what’s to come over the next month! Ok so I didn’t meet him, but I did hang out with him for his birthday!

I was fortunate enough to be in Dharamsala, India for the Dalai Lama‘s birthday (July 6th) and even more fortunate to gain a press pass!  It was an immense experience.  I have many photos and also footage from the day but as I don’t have time to put all of it up right now here is the moment I came pretty close to the Buddhist spiritual leader.