Wanda's Picks Friday, April 6, 2012
I want to share the line-up for tomorrow's show. I am so honored to have as opening guest Kelly Jermaine Turner, CEO/President of Symple Equazion http://authorkellyturner.com/ She will speak about life after solitary confinement and her emotional autobiography, an interactive literary journey (smile). She is also speaking at Hastings Law School tomorrow evening.
My other guests are: Arielle Brown and Ayodele Nzinga to talk about Love Balm for My SpiritChild Staged Reading - Encores
Bay Area Mothers Use Theatre of Witness to Fight for Justice for Murdered Children
Love Balm for My SpiritChild: Testimonies of Healing Justice through Mothers' Memory is a 4-part healing performance workshop series that celebrates the spirit of commemorative justice in mothers. The Love Balm performance features testimonies from the mothers and grandmothers of Kenneth Harding Jr, Oscar Grant III, Kerry Baxter Jr, Christopher La Vell Jones, Daniel Booker and more. The performances will take place at The Legendary Black Dot Cafe in West Oakland on April 14th and 21st at 2pm. Tickets are sliding scale, 7.00 - 20.00 at the door. The performances are encores of the original reading at Eastside Arts Alliance in January, 2012.
Also at 8:30 AM we speak to director Tracey Quezada about You and Me and The Fruit Trees, screening at UCB Tuesday, April 10, 2012. http://www.youandmeandthefruittrees.com/trailer/
We close with interviews with directors from the films The Island President, Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen (9:30-10) which opens at Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley April 6, and They Call It Myanmar, Robert Lierbman which opens at Landmark’s Bridge Theatre in San Francisco(9-9:30). Directors and Producers will be present at these opening weekend screenings.
Shot clandestinely over three years by novelist, filmmaker, and Cornell Physicist Robert H. Lieberman, THEY CALL IT MYANMAR - LIFTING THE CURTAIN provides an astonishing and intimate look inside what has been the second most isolated country on the planet. Providing a grand sweep of the country, its people and its troubled history, this visually stunning documentary brings a human dimension to a country that still remains a mystery to much of the world. Shot clandestinely over three years by best-selling novelist and filmmaker Robert H. Lieberman, this film with its stunning footage provides an astonishing and intimate look inside what has been one of the most isolated countries on the planet. With an exclusive perspective provided by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, this film brings a human dimension to a country that remains a mystery to much of the world.
Jon Shenk’s THE ISLAND PRESIDENT tells the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced—the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives after thirty years of despotic rule, Nasheed is now faced with an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable.
THE ISLAND PRESIDENT captures Nasheed’s first year of office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, where the film provides a rare glimpse of the political horse-trading that goes on at such a top-level global assembly. Nasheed is unusually candid about revealing his strategies—leveraging the Maldives’ underdog position as a tiny country, harnessing the power of media, and overcoming deadlocks through an appeal to unity with other developing nations. When hope fades for a written accord to be signed, Nasheed makes a stirring speech which salvages an agreement. Despite the modest size of his country, Mohamed Nasheed has become one of the leading international voices for urgent action on climate change.