anna brones

writer + artist + activist

Posts Tagged ‘documentary

Afghan Cycles: A Film About Women’s National Cycling Team of Afghanistan

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Very proud of my friends at Let Media for telling this beautiful story and for the nonprofit Mountain2Mountain for supporting these courageous women.

To learn more about the documentary, check out the Afghan Cycles website. Want to support? Mountain2Mountain is collecting bike donations so that they can launch a women’s mountain biking team in Bamiyan. 

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December 8, 2013 at 00:01

A Man’s World?

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97% of what you see and hear comes from the male perspective, I’m not saying that it’s wrong but it’s a limited perspective. – Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Producer Miss Representation

Full interview here.

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October 20, 2011 at 21:11

Do What You Love and the Rest Comes

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“That cheesy expression that you hear… Do what you love and the rest comes. It’s true. It really works like that.”

Big ups to my good friend Allie for making this film and reminding me on a daily basis that doing what you love really is the way to go in life.

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November 12, 2010 at 11:06

“The Hardest Thing in the World is to Simplify Your Life”

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Good words and wisdom from Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard in this trailer for 180 South: Conquerors of the Useless. The travel/adventure documentary is showing at the upcoming Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride. Excited to see it!

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May 4, 2010 at 12:31

Journey to Kathmandu: Beautiful Documentary About Nepal’s Dashain Festival

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There is a big place in my heart for the people of Southeast Asia. Smiles. Generosity. Beauty. Simplicity. So it’s no surprise that I love this trailer for Journey to Kathmandu.

The documentary is about the once-in-a-lifetime journey that goats make from their lives in Tibet to their sacrificial deaths in Kathmandu during the annual Dashain Festival, and this trailer is downright beautiful. I was so inspired by it I interviewed the documentary’s director, Chris Parkhurst. Here’s an excerpt.

What has inspired you to focus on SE Asia?

As ‘Bombhunters’ opened my eyes up to the wonderful world of documentary films, it also inspired me to travel and do work in SE Asia. Cambodia blew me away. SE Asia, as a whole, blows me away. It’s very difficult to explain to people who have never been. Sure, all the cliches apply here. It’s life-changing. Once you’ve been, you’re forever changed. But, you know, it’s absolutely true.

What can I say? It just gets in your blood, in your heart, on the brain. Once I’d done it, I only wanted more. I was addicted. Don’t get me wrong, this is not to say that countries like Cambodia, Nepal, Indonesia, Thailand… they’re not for everybody. They’re uncomfortable. They’re dirty. They’re corrupt. They make you sweat. They can make you sicker than you’ve ever been in your life. You’ll see some of the most decrepit, sorry things you’ll ever see. People without limbs. Kids playing in garbage dumps the size of my neighborhood back home. But I love that. I really can’t get enough.

Because what goes along with all of this are the beautiful things that you don’t get here in the States. Community. Perspective. Compassion. Appreciation for friends, family, your neighbors. Soul and spirituality. People treat one another with a kind of dignity, honesty and love that seems to be lacking here. These are all things that I hope to share with Westerners in hopes of creating some sort of better consciousness, some better ways of living and interacting with one another.

Read the whole interview over at Elephant Journal.

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January 19, 2010 at 06:00