Affirmative Action is a documentary by Kane Stewart from The Bayskate and Skatebiz about Bris. skateboarding. The film premiered at Tribal Theatre, and can now be seen online. Showing how skateboarding can be part of the city, not kept apart from it.Was great to be involved and supporting community voices, all ages, all backgrounds, supporting skateboarding.
Recently I heard about two films that feature orphans as central characters that have a lyrical, poetic and magic realist quality. They are:
The Owl and the Sparrow
"In modern-day Saigon, three lonely strangers
form a unique family as a ten-year old orphan plays matchmaker to a
zookeeper and a beautiful flight attendant. Ten-year old Thuy is an orphan
from the countryside who ends up in the city. Saigon today is still a
city of lost children in Stephane Gauger's "Owl and the Sparrow," though
in the film there is hope and optimism running ..."
Postcards from the Zoo
"Little Lana was 3 years old when she was
abandoned in the zoo. Raised by a giraffe trainer, the zoo is the only
world she knows. When a charming magician arrives at the zoo,
Lana falls in love and embarks on a journey until the day she decides
she must go back to the place where she was abandoned". - compared to
'The Owl and The Sparrow'.
I rarely appreciate films about adoption. They are sentimental without complexity. But there's also a very surreal, elusive quality to being an 'orphan'. And stories about orphans in mythology, literature and art can often be much more magical and poetic.
In every day life, the term orphan is actually an often contested and complicated one. As an academic who has written about adoption, I can tell you there's many angles, writings, and voices that unpack that term. There's activism, there's policies, and there's scholarly knowledge around that allow you to understand why it's so problematic if you wish to explore. But as well as, rather than in competition with that, maybe we should also be allowed to have imagination, and have time to dream, and to be a part of magical stories too. Maybe all things can grow together.