Here in the first Video for the Volunteer society I interview Virginia Melodia a 19year old who bravely came to Nepal by herself to teach child monks. Here you will see and learn about her experiences. She also reflects on volunteering in general and offers up advice for those thinking of following her lead.
For information about volunteering with VSN visit
volunteer society website
Yesterday I had the pleasure at of being at a screening of Samsara, in 4k high definition at the Astor Theatre, in St Kilda Melbourne.
Before I write my feelings about the film I have a technical nit pick . The Astor is a lovely theatre but something was amiss with the projection. The film lacked sharpness and at times was very fuzzy. I feel that it possibly was not focussed properly. Its a shame as it didn’t show of the digital 70mm film print at its best. For that I will await the Blu Ray, which by all accounts is flawless.
Samsara is the followup film to Baraka a non verbal documentary which leaves the viewer to make what they will from the way the images are edited together and shot. I enjoyed Samsara a lot more than Baraka. There seemed to be a lot more variety and conceptually I felt it was more human.
The sequences had more synergy to them. For instance you would see a child getting christened then it would follow through to someones funeral. We see religion , consumerism the work place . The film really highlights that as people we are really grains of sand in a far bigger thing that is life. We are diverse and we are complicated.
The film has the amazing ability to almost put you in a hypnotic state and for your imagination to run wild as the images of death and creation flow by your eyes.
Some may say “why no commentary” the fact is , the film doesn’t need it. Its a piece of art that asks you to contemplate your existence and meaning on this earth.
The cinematography is incredible . All budding camera people should see it just for that element alone. The music is sublime . Watch the food factory workers go about there business to the rhythm of the music . Highly recommended go catch it on the big screen while you can.