i recently watched this 2012 documentary that is a tribute to
three very strong and brave women
in three very different parts of the world.
Yoani Sánchez from Cuba, Zeng Jinyan from China and Farnaz Seifi from Iran.
what they all have in common
is that they are using the power of their words as bloggers
as a way to tell the world
about the oppressive regimes in which they live.
these activists and their families have been
threatened, harassed, attacked, jailed,
placed under house arrest,
exiled and ridiculed
by their governments and the powers that be.
and still they write and still they talk.
and still they find a way to get the word out against all odds.
this is a powerful film about their fight for human rights and for the freedom of speech.
i will not soon forget these courageous women or this film.
the documentary won the amnesty international award 2013 and the WACC SIGNIS human rights award 2012, and was nominated for the swiss film award and the prix de soleure in 2013.
“the ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.”
what a lovely day for a walk in ann arbor
with some of my friends and neighbors
“today is one of those excellent January partly cloudies in which light
chooses an unexpected part of the landscape to trick out in gilt,
and then the shadow sweeps it away. you know you’re alive. you take huge steps,
trying to feel the planet’s roundness arc between your feet.”
― annie dillard
image 1 credit: ann arbor townies