Where do you come from? Why are you here?
In the UAE we are blessed with a global representation.
Do you feel like you are a representative of your country of origin?
Where is home?
Do you recycle at home?
Do you drink tap water?
How do you feel about the resources available for you here?
Do you feel blessed?
Do you feel entitled?
Intolerance, is it OK?
Is it OK to be intolerant to smoking and smokers?
Put yourself in the smokers' place. They can no longer smoke indoors in most places and taxes have been levied on their practice. The outdoors is their breath of ... fresh air. Why pester them further with your intolerance?
Do you want to have the freedom to smoke if you want to?
Do you care if you're inhaling in toxins while it's nice outside and all you wanted was, well, a breath of fresh air?
Do you notice cigarette butts everywhere or have you become oblivious to them? Did you know that they are not biodegradable?
What about shisha? What about the disposable plastic hoses and tips?
Who influences the decisions you make?
Do you seek approval from your group of friends?
Would you make a particular decision when no one is watching, but not dare do so when among friends or when in public?
Is promise of an immediate reward the catalyst to your decision-making? Do you consider the potential harm of what you decide to do or not do?
Do you experiment with making decisions society would not approve of?
How do we maintain cultural identity in the face of globalization and development? Is it necessary?
The late Sheikh Zayed is quoted to have said: "He who does not know his past, cannot make the best of the present and future, for it is from the past that we learn."
We've touched on this particular point before during our previous meetings. The fact that a lot of the lifestyle practices of the past were more sustainable.
In this film, Jason Carter, who, as he maintains, has witnessed firsthand the rapid changes that have taken place in the region, will utilize his passion for music, as a "dynamic platform for intercultural dialogue," to explore how a strong musical heritage, which is vocalized through the stories and music of Bahraini Pearl Divers, could harmonize with contemporary culture and the rapid growth of commercialism. He believes that "the juxtaposition of the music of the pearl divers in contrast with the development of the Gulf and its current day culture is a story that needs to be told."
We got together over this DIFF open air screening on 8 Dec 2017 to reflect on the past and the present.
If you have seen the screening, what are your thoughts? If you have not, based on the synopsis above, would you like to share your feedback?
Time is money, or is it?
How do you choose to "spend" your time? Do you have a choice at all?
Many of us are obligated to "spend" a certain number of hours doing something we're getting "paid" to do. Then on the days we don't have to do that we spend our time, and most likely, our money to do something we like, or to do something someone we care for would enjoy.
What do you spend your money on? What do you spend your time on?
Do you value your time? How so?
Do you think twice about ordering coffee in a disposable paper cup?
There is something about that fresh cup, and that white impeccable lid, not to mention the crisp brown protective sleeve. We paid for it all, didn't we? Why compromise?
If you know anyone who brings their own mug to a café or if you do that yourself, can you tell us more? If you have not thought twice about your disposable cup, do you think you should?
How long does it take you to go through a cup of coffee? Do you ever think about how short the lifetime of a paper cup is?
Do you recycle your used cup? Apparently, even if you toss it in the recycling bin, it will end up in a landfill.
What about coffee pods? There's a lot to talk about.
Will any of this ever motivate you to remember to ask your barista to serve you coffee in a mug the next time you order?
Did you shower this morning (no judgment)? Your shampoo or shower gel probably came in a plastic container.
Felt thirsty during the day? You probably reached for the nearest plastic water bottle.
Or did you not? Do you carry your own bottle?
Let's come together and discuss the prominence of plastic in our lives. Have you done that before?
We're told that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. How do you feel about that?
What motivates us to behave more responsibly? What stands in our way?