Foreign Film: The Beauty of the Unfamiliar

One month into the new year and Twenty Twelve is turning into a foreign film year for me. I already have seen In the ‘Land of Blood and Honey‘, ‘My Tehran for Sale’ and will see ‘A Separation’ later tonight.

The elegance of foreign film is in its inherent ability to transport us to an unfamiliar territory. The medium gently challenges us to think and dream in a different capacity. In doing so, the spirit of foreign film charms and inspires me to associate beauty with travel. Travel is a very good education. And educated minds are beautiful minds.

Cinema Paradiso is one of my favorite foreign films of all time (here’s a little snapshot):

Alfredo getting the reel ready and a captivated little Salvatore from ‘Cinema Paradiso’.

Experiencing this film led me to the discovery of the musical genius of Ennio Morricone. To get an idea of how cinematic music can uplift your soul, listen to this. Here is the theme from Cinema Paradiso, one of his classic compositions:

A life without art would be hollow. The art of the foreign film not only nourishes the human spirit with visual creative expression but it also develops the mind. When was the last time you watched a film where the characters did not speak in your native tongue? How did the story influence your outlook on life?

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Wanderlust Part I

Wanderlust grips me. Is it because of the New Year? New Chapter? The ballads emitting from my Sarah Mclachlan radio? (Thanks, Pandora Radio) But where to?

My friend Liz just posted on my Facebook wall that she will be coming back to San Francisco in a couple of days. A total surprise. Serendipity. She went back home to London during the Holidays and I wasn’t sure she would be returning. I like London and the UK but I think my heart desires a place in the World that is different.  Lately, I’ve been dreaming of somewhere in South America and the Middle East…..

Here’s my little red suitcase. It encourages me to travel light. 😉 If you could only bring eight possessions (translation: irreplaceable and no duplicates on the trip) on this international journey what would they be? Here’s my list:

(1) I feel like my Smartphone is embedded in the palm of my hand.

(2) My MacBookAir (light and functional, my fingertips just dance on the keyboard!)

(3) My Canon camera which was a birthday gift from my brother.

(4) A pair of sunglasses (sun protection, averting eye contact for moments of uncertainty, and for those non-glamorous no eye makeup days…..)

Possessions (5) – (8) to follow on Wanderlust Part II, and ….What inspires me to chase a glamorous South American holiday or dream of the souks on a Middle Eastern sojourn?