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Cider Salon #10 – I Love the World and All the People in it (January 10th, 2018)

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Very wide-ranging and insightful conversations. You had to be there, but. Here’s some highlights.

Documentary on first-hand experience of life in Palestine: “Seeing Through the Wall: Meeting Ourselves in Palestine and Israel.” IMDB says: “This film follows 18 Americans Jews to Israel and Palestine, as they seek to understand what life is like in the Occupied Territories and in East Jerusalem. The journey becomes an intense encounter not only with the people they meet, but also with their own preconceptions – an experience that for many of the travelers is transformative.” Check it out here: Vimeo.com/234692632

So many lies of omission – The Palestinian situation is a deeply important one.

Directed by Anne Macksoud who also, by the way, directed “The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism & Community,” which we showed at Ossining Documentary and Discussion Series: OssiningDocumentaries.org/the-wisdom-to-survive.

Steamboat House

Where We Stayed: The Steamboat House

Katrina. The whole family spent Christmas in New Orleans in the Lower Ninth Ward. The Lower Ninth ward was the hardest hit by the flood, and I found myself haunted by it. Things look pretty good, but knowing something about the experiences of the people in the neighborhood was intensely emotional. Watched most of Spike Lee’s “When the Levees Broke: A requiem in four acts” and “If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise” when I got back. You can watch them here: (parts 1 & 2) Youtube.com/watch?v=12xj1sHvIWA (parts 3 & 4) Youtube.com/watch?v=9vuQKo_uuKE&t=2954s and here:(Da Creek) Youtube.com/watch?v=kwBQp_Ups6E.

Did you know right after Katrina Iraq and Vietnam Veterans marched together from Mobile to New Orleans? They started with 70 and ended with 700. Some 20 vets stayed and live together in the Lower Ninth Ward.

We have to learn to talk to each other. Jonas Gahr Støre, the Foreign Minister of Norway, gave a TED talk called In Defense Of Dialogue. You can watch it here: TED.com/talks/Jonas_Gahr_Store_in_Defense_of_Dialogue

There’s so many things some people know the reality of, like serving in Iraq or Vietnam, that no one else understands. How can we those who want to help teach others? Trying to teach the real thing in an environment that doesn’t have the real thing is very hard. You can’t really know if you haven’t walked a mile – a sexually harassed woman, a transitioning transsexual, a veteran, so many others …

What’s it like to see the same event reported in different news outlets all over the world. What’s it like to see an event reported that you have personal knowledge of?

Some people have the experience of really wanting a real and caring community, and have found it in religious groups of various kinds in various places. Pentacostal. A person could go through being Catholic, Jewish, Wiccan, Presbyterian, and Mormon. People want that. Even if people disagreed with or hated each other, no one would consider not showing up if someone needed something.

Pictures!

Seeing Through the Wall

Seeing Through the Wall

Iraq, Vietnam

Iraq, Vietnam

When The Levees Broke

When The Levees Broke

If God is Willing

If God is Willing

Being There for Each Other

Being There for Each Other

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