Beginning of Film
"Verily, the works of those gone before us have become instances and examples to men of our modern day, that folk may view what admonishing chances befel other folk and may therefrom take warning.
Introduction to the Arabian Nights"
"A street in Baghdad, dream city of the ancient East -"
“Toil – for by toil the sweets of human life are found.”Theif
“Thou liest! What I want – I take. My reward is here.End of Film
Paradiseis a fool’s dream and Allah is a myth.”
starlight forms a message as the thief and his love fly through on a magic carpet
“Happiness must be earned”
My face brims with a
grin as I watch myself practicing lively positions from the Kama Sutra.
Hovering above, and fading in and out of my view in my space of “practice” His
Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada appears smiling with equal
grace directly into my eyes as I lay down under my “dakini consort” if you
will. He says to me without speaking, “Enlightenment is in a smile.” As if
never there, he fades from my vision and my “practice” vanishes with equal
Standing up in the opaque darkness of my surroundings, I open a door to a small theatre. My wife accompanies me, wrapped around my arm. We are attending a slew of Spoken Word performances. The first performance portrays a sterling might and inventive will unlike anything we have seen pass through the English language outside of song. The subsequent acts are less impressive however we enjoy the entire show.
Walking from the theatre venue, the road reflects the night sky as flood lights bedeck our footsteps along the thin, snow-laden sidewalk. We continue on without a glace forward, watching our feeble footsteps upon the icy pavement. Without heed, we enter a rundown apartment duplex in our small, industrial city.
As we walk in, we find there are a number of past friends and friends of friends sitting on couches and occupying the entirety of the now tense indoor space. The silence is masked with intensive body language, mostly through the eyes. Our compatriots are from
. I ask them about their
experiences in Colombia .
Two popular African-American entertainers, sit comfortably upon the upholstery and creaking wooden chairs. Lauryn Hill
begins an eloquent diatribe about the situation of the people in the room,
connecting the struggles of each and every one present to us all. Colombia
”If there is anything
than global urban centers,
it is their suburbs,
for they render
- Calgary Winter 09’