On February 14, the World Poetry Café, 100.5 FM CFRO celebrated Black History Month with Keisha Prince (52 Words) and Dr. Mark Lomax (400 years of slavery) Calling in at 1:10 pm PST was the talented actress, musician and mother, Keisha Prince from Toronto, one of the talents of the moving and insightful I-toons special 52 Words of Love, a Valentine special. Following her interview at 1:30 PPM PST was Dr. Mark Lomax with his 12 album project 400 Years of Slavery . Also poems from the World Poetry Almanac complied and edited by Dr. Hadda Sendoo and a story by Sharon Rowe.
Keisha’s message to the world was to give more application and emphasis to the positive and less to the negative and to remember we are all connected. Also to live life perusing what you what you want to convey people, love of all shades and realize that we can contribute to something beautiful.
Keisha Prince is excited about being part of the talent in 52 Words of Love and thinks it is a special film.
In her career, She would like to play future roles with emotional and transformational impact. If any of our listeners or World Poetry film partners have an upcoming project that might fit these goals, you can contact her. It was a great honour to have her on the World Poetry Café Radio Show and also to write about her in the Afro News. Synopsis of 52 Words of Love:
“When Alice (Stacey Iseman), a woman suffering from cancer, sets out to post one synonym for love every week for a year on a site she’s created that she calls “52 Words of Love,” she inadvertently sends a gentle ripple through her social network and discovers more about relationships than she imagined. This film is best described as an experimental narrative feature film, as it mixes documentary interviews with narrative drama, and actors with real life people to tell the story of intimacy through any age, gender, religion or ethnicity. “
Directors: Andrea Moodie, James Blokland Producer(s): Andrea Moodie, James Blokland Screenplay: Andrea Moodie, James Blokland Official Site: 52wordsforlove.com Studio: Films We Like.
With thanks to source: Tamar Gibbert and TARO PR.
“52 Words of Love is sometimes tender and moving, sometimes petty and curt, sometimes hurt and angry and it examines the nature of modern love with a warm and unjaundiced eye. The film gently appraises the lives of its characters as they negotiate, reject, beg, or demand love. The title of the movie indicates that filmmakers already understand there is no answer, that love is elusive and complex, but it is a joy to watch them turn the idea of love around in their hands and examine its myriad facets. Beautifully composed and mounted, skillfully written and acted, achingly romantic, 52 Words of Love is a love letter to love itself.” Get it now on I-Toons!
Special thanks to Tamar Gibbert of Taro PR, our great partners.
Ariadne’s Notes: On November 22, 1: 30 PM, PST, the World Poetry Café Radio Show had a wonderful interview with great interview about respect and diversity with Pardeep Singh Nagra whose film TIGER is inspired by his true story . the inspiration of the award winning film TIGER, an aspiring boxer who must fight for his religious beliefs after being banned from the sport for refusing to shave his beard. He called to tell us about his fascinating experiences and advice as a human rights activist as well as to promote the film.
Pardeep Singh Nagra is a man of many talents. He is the Executive Director of the Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada, located in Mississauga, Ontario; he is also an historian, a researcher, an athlete, a public speaker and a human rights advocate.
Host Ariadne writes: “For me the most important aspects of his interview was to “stand up for what you believe in and do something about it.” Have the courage to keep going no matter what negative or even positive aspects happen or how long it takes. Do not give up or sit on the fence. Promote respect and diversity . Use the power of social media to send powerful messages of respect, peace and harmony. Be care what you say or write.”
From comments of those who heard the interview; prejudice, dislike and even hatred are common around the world. They said that his interview gave them hope and the commitment to keep going.
A comment from the authors “Listening to Pradeep was inspiring. His focus and determination to defeat racist attitudes and to work for acceptance and inclusion are so important. Rene DeFazio and Tamara Veitch of The One Great Year Series who were on in the first section of the show and greatly appreciated what Predeep sent this message : “Listening to Pradeep was inspiring. His focus and determination to defeat racist attitudes and to work for acceptance and inclusion are so important. In our fiction we write about characters that reincarnate, in every race, religion and gender. We see a connection between our work and Pradeep’s because he, like us, imagines a world without hatred and separation. Where tolerance is the norm and peace and harmony prevail. We look forward to seeing his movie Tiger and wish him the best in the future.”
World Poetry has a new exciting collaboration with a film company from India, Anhad Films, Delhi based film makers, They make documentaries, short films as well as videos on issues that are of
concern to their society.