Friday, June 22, 2007

"Lil' Bush" Bash - One heck of a Show

Kudos to Donick Cary, Creator of the amazingly hilarious, gut-busting show on Comedy Central, Lil' Bush. What a fine piece of comedy writing, ripping the Bush Administration like they were a Pinata filled with Bush and his lil' cronies. Taking current issues and putting a phenomenal spin on each of them. Brilliant piece of work.
Here's a segment from CNN discussing if the show is taking things just a lil' to much. But hey, nothing's too much when it comes to Bush Bashing ;-)
Some of the good stuff - Bush's nonsensical English where Lil' Bush wants to be the 'Decider' coining his own words as he plays prank-wars on Al-Qaeda and their underwear, etc. Looking forward to the next episode!! Wednesdays, 10:30 p.m Eastern.

Ethical Dilemmas of Cycle Rickshaw - Radio Show on Web

Here's the interview that Asia Pacific Forum featured on 'Men of Burden', it's labelled under 'Ethical Dilemmas of Cycle Rickshaws'. I was slow to start initially but I guess I picked up later. Amy and Chitra were great hosts and they both had been to Pondicherry. Talk about a small world. Hopefully, this would bring more awareness to our cause.
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Monday, June 18, 2007

Asia Pacific Forum(NYC) features segment on 'Men of Burden'

Asia Pacific Forum(NYC) features segment on "Men of Burden - Pedaling
Towards a Horizon" a documentary film on cycle rickshaws in India, on their
weekly Radio Show on Tuesday, June 19th 2007, broadcast between 8-9 p.m.
The segment will be the second in the show at around 8:15 p.m.
The segment will be part of a newly launched series on the environment and
developing economies- this segment focuses on the struggles of an India
where middle/upper class desires for technology and cars and where cycle
rickshaws represent an environmental blessing- and livelihood for
thousands of cycle rickshaw workers- though also respecting the
hardship/manual labor of rickshaw drivers.

Asia Pacific Forum is the progressive pan-Asian radio show broadcast every
Tuesday night from 8-9pm on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York City and live on the
We particularly like to profile stories and perspectives which are
under-represented in mainstream media- and which we believe deserve
attention and dialogue.
For excerpts of past shows, please check out our website: Asia Pacific Forum

We cover underreported stories from Asia, as well as Asian American
politics and culture. Our guests have included Arundhati Roy, Gary Locke,
Jessica Hagedorn, Tariq Ali, Yuri Kochiyama, David Henry Hwang,
Monique Truong, Edward Said, Maxine Hong Kingston, Vijay Prashad,
Cathi Tactaquin, Zia Mian, Grace Lee Boggs, Vivek Bald, Phil Tajitsu
Nash, Bharavi Desai, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, Monami Maulik, Margaret
Fung, Robin D.G. Kelley, Shashi Tharoor, Joo-Hyun Kang, Mike Honda,
Vandana Shiva, John Liu, Stacey Ann Chin, Jeff Chang, DJ Rekha,
and Asian Dub Foundation.

Asia Pacific Forum airs on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York City. WBAI is part of
the Pacifica Foundation, a national radio network founded in 1946 with
additional affiliates in Houston, Los Angeles, Berkeley, and Washington,
D.C. Pacifica is a non-commercial, listener-sponsored network founded on a
strong community role in each individual station.

Set in the city of Pondicherry, a Union Territory in South East India, the
documentary uncovers the story of disappearing cycle rickshaw drivers
living in abject poverty. Over time, the city has experienced a gradual
but alarming reduction in the number of cycle rickshaws thereby
diminishing the chances of living of those who depend on them. What used
to be one of the primary modes of transport in the city is now a fading
memory with the few remaining ones staging a difficult survival. The film
explores some of the ethical dimensions of man pulling man against the
background of increasingly menacing effects of motorized transport and
pollution. It also takes you through the rickshaw men’s journey of hope on
the roads that have fostered them.
Representing one facet of India’s population below poverty line, these
unflagging men perpetually struggle to eat one satisfying meal a day. But
what is remarkable is the essence of some who believe in making a
difference in an apparently hopeless livelihood. While India's big cities
are racing towards globalization and technology, these men, against all
odds, remain appreciative of their modest lives by believing in the power
of now.
Portraying the immediacy and desolation of the situation the film
highlights a catalytic change revolutionizing India’s economic and social
future from the grass roots level. Juxtaposing the way of life of these
men with definitive solutions, the film answers the question of how these
changes can trickle down to the roots of India’s soil.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The Resurgence Effect

A simple, powerful depiction of the status quo of US Foreign policy in Iraq. Although you could call it a humorous take on the issue, it shows us the raw reality.

Original Source: Unknown but I got this on Desh's Blog, Drishtikone.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Heart-wrencher: La Vie en Rose

Via: VideoSift

I read about the film 'La Vie en Rose' and eventually Edith Piaf, the Little Sparrow of Paris who lived during and enthralled the first half of the 20th century. The film is a biography of her life which is a collective medley of poignant stories from her birth to her untimely and tragic death at the age of 47. When you hear La Vie en Rose, you want to see the movie, read the story of her life, go to Paris to where she lay in peace.
Édith Piaf (December 19, 1915October 11, 1963) was one of France's most loved singers, who became a national icon. Her music reflected her tragic life, with her specialty being the poignant ballad performed in a heartbreaking voice. Among her most famous songs are "La vie en rose" (1946), "Hymne à l'amour" (1949), "Milord" (1959), "Non, je ne regrette rien" (1960).
For more about her life, check out Edith Piaf.

Monday, June 04, 2007

1st Annual NJISACF

The weekend of June 2-3rd had the inauguration of the New Jersey Independent South Asian Cine Fest 2007. This was way overdue. Given that this was its first time, it did decently well. Quite a decent turnout although it wasn't overflowing. Georgestreet Playhouse was a good choice as the venue and yeah good food at the cafe. One concern was that, during the inauguration ceremony, it seemed more like an election campaign for the NJ Senate, no, really, for some time, it seemed like we were all sitting in the auditorium waiting to vote and register ourselves and even suggest policy changes in the government! I didn't know why they had to bring people to campaign in a film festival(the chief guest was running for the NJ senate - even then). Well, let bygones be bygones.
Anyways, Men of Burden was screened on the first day at 8:30 p.m. We had a Q and A session later with some good reviews by the audience. The slate of films was very diverse although I had already seen quite a few of them at various festivals like IFFLA, IAAC and SAIFF. On the whole, I would give it a 6.5 on a scale of ten. Keep it up and good luck!