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?