change the way you see the world.

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what is an antipode?

two places diametrically opposite each other on the earth’s surface.

they are very rare.

what is the shortest route between them?

a straight line through the center of the earth.

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i recently saw ‘vivan las antipodas’

released in 2011

directed by russian documentary maker

victor kossakovsky

who had a radical idea

to visit these places

and shoot four antipodal pairs:

argentina/china
spain/new zealand
chile/russia
botswana/hawaii

he filmed it in a way

that literally

turned the world

upside down

and back again

for 108  meandering minutes

i was blown away

by the beauty

of

the landscapes

the people

the animals

the music

the colors

the contrasts

 the connections

some things are universal

life

death

money

sex

family

friends

community

survival

love

it was

quietly

stunning

and

it was

dizzying.

 

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39 responses »

  1. I was thinking about some of my own trips but would have to have crossed the equator to get the antipodal experience – I haven’t done that yet but YOU!, you equator-crosser, you might have done your own antipode trip.

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  2. Wow! The way you captured this film, your drawings and list of commonalities were fantastic, Beth! I will have to check out this movie, so I don’t forget it! I love this kind of movie, and we have an extensive foreign film section. Thanks so much, Beth! I will let you know…

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      • I had it ordered from Greene County, Ohio District Library and it will be here in a week! I am so thankful you suggested it. Glad you mentioned the drawings, they were good additions and glad you found them to add to the post.
        Too bad the Toledo Mud Hens are coming on a night that may not be convenient for you to come down. School will have started by then… They play the Columbus Clippers on August 20th!

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