Based on the true story of screenwriter Oscar Torres’s embattled childhood, Luis Mandoki’s Innocent Voices is the poignant tale of Chava (Carlos Padilla), an eleven-year-old boy who suddenly becomes the “man of the house” after his father abandons the family in the middle of a civil war.
In El Salvador in the 1980s, the government’s armed forces are already recruiting twelve year olds, rousting them out of their classes at the local middle school. If he is lucky, Chava has just one year of innocence left, one year before he, too, will be conscripted to fight the government’s battle against the peasant rebels of the FMLN. Chava’s life becomes a game of survival, not only from the bullets of the escalating war, but also from the dispiriting effects of daily violence. As he hustles to find work to help his single mother pay the bills, and experiences the pangs of first love for a beautiful classmate, Chava’s tiny home village becomes both playground and battlefield.
Armed only with the love of his mother (Leonor Varela) and a small radio that broadcasts a forbidden anthem of love and peace, and faced with the impossible choice of joining either the army or the rebels, Chava finds the courage to keep his heart open, and his spirit alive, in his race against time
American Holocaust of Native American Indians (FULL Documentary)
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“The powerful and hard-hitting documentary, American Holocaust, is quite possibly the only film that reveals the link between the Nazi holocaust, which claimed at least 6 million Jews, and the American Holocaust which claimed, according to conservative estimates, 19 million Indigenous People.
“It is seldom noted anywhere in fact, be it in textbooks or on the internet, that Hitler studied Americas Indian policy, and used it as a model for what he termed the final solution.
“He wasnt the only one either. Its not explicitly mentioned in the film, but its well known that members of the National Party government in South Africa studied the American approach before they introduced the system of racial apartheid, which lasted from 1948 to 1994. Other fascist regimes, for instance, in South and Central America, studied the same policy.
“Noted even less frequently, Canadas Aboriginal policy was also closely examined for its psychological properties. America always took the more wide-open approach, for example, by decimating the Buffalo to get rid of a primary food source, by introducing pox blankets, and by giving $1 rewards to settlers in return for scalps of Indigenous Men, women, and children, among many, many other horrendous acts. Canada, on the other hand, was more bureaucratic about it. They used what I like to call the gentlemans touch, because instead of extinguishment, Canada sought to remove the Indian from the Man and the Women and the Child, through a long-term, and very specific program of internal breakdown and replacement call it assimilation. America had its own assimilation program, but Canada was far more technical about it.
“Perhaps these points would have been more closely examined in American Holocaust if the film had been completed. The films director, Joanelle Romero, says shes been turned down from all sources of funding since she began putting it together in 1995.
“Perhaps its just not good business to invest in something that tells so much truth? In any event, Romero produced a shortened, 29-minute version of the film in 2001, with the hope of encouraging new funders so she could complete American Holocaust. Eight years on, Romero is still looking for funds.
“American Holocaust may never become the 90-minute documentary Romero hoped to create, to help expose the most substantial act of genocide that the world has ever seen one that continues even as you read these words.” om swastik
KUNNIA = HONOR
Below are links to a piece of music, with lyrics.
Korpiklaani is a Finnish band. This song Kunnia, I found when looking for something else,
entirely, but this is what I really, underneath, was looking for . It isn’t the prettiest or best piece of
music, nor even the most lyrical of lyrics. Perhaps that makes it even more right, for the present. It
is the one that answers some questions that have been asked of me, recently. Perhaps, if someone is
asking you “Is it worth it, to live, at all?” or “Why keep on fighting?” This might help. Especially
a young person.
This song is for courage. To fight the despair many of us feel. This song is for now.
Not all soldiers and warriors are enlisted, and not all swords are made of metal.
Courage is everywhere. Around us, always, the Prayer Warriors are at work. Their
courage and discipline is as important as physical strengths and skills, the courage of
individuals to do what one KNOWS is right, even against the criticism of, or disapproval
or outright persecution from, even those who are also loved, is courage. Doing the best
one can, and a little bit more, daily, is courage. Suffering loneliness to achieve goals
that better one’s ability to do good, that enhance the beauty and joy of life, that lessen
the pain and misery of, and for, those who are vulnerable, no matter how many legs they
have, or how old or young they are, is courage. Suffering loneliness and heartbreak to make it possible
for loved ones and children to achieve their best selves is courage. Surviving and caring for those
one loves day in and day out, and through all of the nights, is courage, in a constant battle.
Facing unknown enemies requires the same courage as facing known enemies.
Living, at all, is for many, winning a battle against unknown enemies. The strength of soldiers
and warriors who were able to have fought and sustained victories over terrible enemy forces
have made it possible for these other aspects of courage to be. That blood battles have been
fought in our behalf, already, most, but not all, before most of us, were born, makes it imperative that we
fight and continue to fight, all of our wars, in all of the monstrous forms, private and public, that
seek to destroy the good and beauty and joy of life, and those forces which seek to dominate and control
our bodies our personal freedoms and our rights.
Thank you for all that you have done.
With English lyrics:
KORPIKLAANI – Honor (LYRIC VIDEO)