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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Into The Fire Toronto G20 Movie

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Hey there everyone!!

I was excited to attend the world theatrical premiere of “Into the Fire.  (Toronto is great for this sort of stuff!)  I had no idea I was in it, I was going to support the community of activists who are raising consciousness by exposing the current corrupt structure of our world.

Three quarters into the movie, I hear a guy in the movie saying something that sounds very insightful.  I’m thinking, “I like this guy.”  Then the camera spans to the guy speaking, and I think “Is that guy an albino?”  (As you can imagine, I can’t see the movie projection very well, and can’t recognize myself).

Then the audience of 500 claps at the statements made, and I realized, “Wait!  That’s not an albino; that’s me!!”

I think this has to top my favorite surprises in life—To watch a movie, and in the middle of it, realize that I was a small part of it.

I’ve cued up my first spot for you on the link below.  My second spot is about four minutes after that, or you can click the button to start from the beginning and watch the entire movie.  It’s really great!

Watch it here:

These are my quotes from the movie:

“Whether you’re a teacher, a doctor, a lawyer, or a police officer, your job is to help people--not to make their lives worst, not to abuse them, not to manipulate them, not to coerce them.  So when you act in a way that is abusive to others, to your fellow citizens, and then you say, I was just following orders?!  You’re not the victim.   You’re actually at fault for not taking a stand for what you made an oath to do when you decided to take on that occupation.”

“We all have our opinions based on our life experiences.  And one of the things we have to realize is that opinion is constantly being conditioned by mass media.  We’re constantly being indoctrinated by certain perspectives.  Maybe the things I know aren’t true...  Maybe the paradigms I’ve been used to aren’t accurate...  And so when I hear a thought that might sound very disturbing, might sound not even to be true, that maybe sounds like a lie--let me at least authentically consider it so that I can see all the possibilities as opposed to being so attached to one mainstream perspective.”

I love when I’m being interviewed, that I never know which parts of the footage are going to be used (if any).  I’m glad that producers/editors have a great art of finding the perfect parts for their works.

Watch “Into The Fire” feature-length movie here:

World leaders and activists from around the world gathered for the G20 Summit. With over 19,000 police officers and security personnel on hand, the results lead to over 1100 arrests, martial law in downtown Toronto, and the most massive violation of civil liberties in Canadian history.

Let's love the world together...

[)anish /|hmed, blind visionary

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