Workshop#1 Accepting Voices in Calgary- Sat 5th May, 2018


First time in Western Canada… 

Opportunity to participate in ground breaking innovative workshop that enable you to transform your own understanding of experiences that get mystified and called “psychosis”, of connections with trauma and between difficult life experiences and difficult-to hear-voices, to be less afraid and feel more able when life calls upon you to support someone who is struggling.

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Chris Evans on learning to live with his “noisy brain”



Chris Evans shares what works for him in learning to live with his “noisy brain”, “brian noise”.

“It’s just this brain, no matter what I do,
it’s gonna find new things”.

Captain America does peer support!
Nice.

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Nobody – Niia


I don’t even like your type of pain
You don’t even ask me what’s my name

Lyrics

I don’t even like your type of pain
You don’t even ask me what’s my name
We just fit together like wet on rain
Hey, leather jacket wait up
Hold the elevator

Some nights I’m like
Am I am I alive?
Am I alive?
‘Cause you feel like a dream
And I can’t even take it
Too much too much to loose
Too much to loose
I just got to tell ya
Nobody does it better

Ooh tonight, were gonna start a fire, gonna burn it all night
Come inside the flame feel the heat of desire
Nobody takes me higher
Nobody takes me higher

No nobody
It’s you and me you and me all night
No nobody
It’s you and me under the sun light
No nobody
It’s you and me, you and me all night
No nobody, no nobody

Never, never, never, never, never thought I’d find a love like this
And she don’t even understand how she gotta mend all this bullshit
Never, never, never, never, never had a love like this right
I met her once, I met her twice and then the third time I was all in

Never, never never, never, never had a love like this right
She don’t need no man but she know she need a little lovin’
Never, never, never, never, never thought I’d find a love like this
And I don’t even like it
But tonight I’m tryin’ to start shit

Ooh tonight, were gonna start a fire, gonna burn it all night
Come inside the flame feel the heat of desire
Nobody takes me higher
Nobody takes me higher

No nobody
It’s you and me you and me all night
No nobody
It’s you and me under the sun light
No nobody
It’s you and me, you and me all night
No nobody, no nobody

Yeah you feel like a dream
I just gotta tell ya
Nobody does it better

Ooh tonight, were gonna start a fire, gonna burn it all night
Come inside the flame feel the heat of desire
Nobody takes me higher
Nobody takes me higher

No nobody (oh it’s you and me)
(Oh nobody) no nobody
Ooh, no nobody, yeah
No nobody, no nobody
No nobody, no nobody
It’s you and me, you and me all night
It’s you and me under the sunlight
It’s you and me, you and me all night

Written by Simon Wilcox, Robin Braun, Sasha Sloan, Niia Bertino • Copyright © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group
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Solomun – Kackvogel


 

 

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Yesbuttery…



Yes but
Yes but
Yes…
but not really

Yesbuttery
-when you want to make a show of saying yes
but you’re really saying, no.

no no no

Yes buttery
but-but-but
Butterbutt!

Yes, but…
No.
Yes but with extra but-butt-butter
Is still no.

kinda whataboutery, eh?

Prefer my butter with marmite and toast and hot strong sweet tea

…or roasted parsnips,
now there’s a thing…

#yesbuttery

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Baboons in The Whitehouse…


“Donald trump has been brought to us so we can be  really clear on  what too much privilege looks like.”

Anonymous 14 year old.

The quote below is from Dr Robert Sapolsky, he’e referring specifically to baboons, more specifically to one troop of baboons he has been observing in the wild for four decades –  but of course, it applies equally to humans.

Much of our society is built on this same pattern, endless variations on it.
They’re not just in The Whitehouse.

The few at the top get to see themselves as having worked hard to get what they have – and it is hard work holding onto it all, having to constantly be on guard and pushing everyone else out of the tree. 

It’s within us too.
As is the capacity to choose a different path. 

It doesn’t have to be this way.

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Their time is up – Oprah Winfrey


“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.”

“I want all of the girls watching here now to know, that a new day is on the horizon.

And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say, ‘me too’ again.”

 

Oprah Winfrey accepts the 2018 Cecil B. de Mille award at the Golden Globes ceremony jan 2018

Full transcript:

 In 1964, I was a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor of my mother’s house in Milwaukee watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for best actor at the 36th Academy Awards. She opened the envelope and said five words that literally made history: “The winner is Sidney Poitier.” Up to the stage came the most elegant man I had ever seen. I remember his tie was white, and of course his skin was black, and I had never seen a black man being celebrated like that. I tried many, many times to explain what a moment like that means to a little girl, a kid watching from the cheap seats as my mom came through the door bone tired from cleaning other people’s houses. But all I can do is quote and say that the explanation in Sidney’s performance in “Lilies of the Field”:
“Amen, amen, amen, amen.”

In 1982, Sidney received the Cecil B. DeMille award right here at the Golden Globes and it is not lost on me that at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given this same award. It is an honor — it is an honor and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them and also with the incredible men and women who have inspired me, who challenged me, who sustained me and made my journey to this stage possible. Dennis Swanson who took a chance on me for “A.M. Chicago.” Quincy Jones who saw me on that show and said to Steven Spielberg, “Yes, she is Sophia in ‘The Color Purple.'” Gayle who has been the definition of what a friend is, and Stedman who has been my rock — just a few to name.

I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association because we all know the press is under siege these days. We also know it’s the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice. To — to tyrants and victims, and secrets and lies. I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: what I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story.

But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. They’re the women whose names we’ll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they’re in academia, engineering, medicine, and science. They’re part of the world of tech and politics and business. They’re our athletes in the Olympics and they’re our soldiers in the military.

And there’s someone else, Recy Taylor, a name I know and I think you should know, too. In 1944, Recy Taylor was a young wife and mother walking home from a church service she’d attended in Abbeville, Alabama, when she was abducted by six armed white men, raped, and left blindfolded by the side of the road coming home from church. They threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone, but her story was reported to the NAACP where a young worker by the name of Rosa Parks became the lead investigator on her case and together they sought justice. But justice wasn’t an option in the era of Jim Crow. The men who tried to destroy her were never persecuted. Recy Taylor died ten days ago, just shy of her 98th birthday. She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.

Their time is up. And I just hope — I just hope that Recy Taylor died knowing that her truth, like the truth of so many other women who were tormented in those years, and even now tormented, goes marching on. It was somewhere in Rosa Parks’ heart almost 11 years later, when she made the decision to stay seated on that bus in Montgomery, and it’s here with every woman who chooses to say, “Me too.” And every man — every man who chooses to listen.

In my career, what I’ve always tried my best to do, whether on television or through film, is to say something about how men and women really behave. To say how we experience shame, how we love and how we rage, how we fail, how we retreat, persevere and how we overcome. I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who’ve withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights. So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say “Me too” again.

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Angry Inuk


The continued existence of Inuit peoples demonstrates their resilience – not only in the environment in which they call home but also, and as for many other Indigenous peoples of the world,  in face of the many hundreds of years of history of those seeking to impose the “benefits” of Western / European civilization  upon their way of life.

And it goes on, lest you believe colonialism ended, it simply takes different forms, some of which are cast in the spotlight in Angry Inuk, like those who live affluent lives in cosy apartments raising millions of dollars so that they can mount their moral high-horse and   decide how Arctic peoples must live their lives.

Angry Inuk is a remarkable documentary about remarkable people.

By design neglect or ignorance we continue to do our best to make their lives impossible when we would do well to be grateful that they manage to survive their environment and  and despite western civilization’s best efforts – because we need  to learn from them.

CBC is screening Angry Inuk this evening. [Schedules may vary]

If you can get to see it I very much doubt you will  regret the time you spend doing so and having your horizons broadened.
It you can’t then you can find it on itunes for few bucks.

This is the Synopsis from Vimeo
Seal hunting, a critical part of Inuit life, has been controversial for a long time. Now, a new generation of Inuit, armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, are challenging the anti-sealing groups and bringing their own voices into the conversation. Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins her fellow Inuit activists as they challenge outdated perceptions of Inuit and present themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/181059386″>Angry Inuk (Trailer)</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/nfbmarketing”>NFB/marketing</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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Nakoa Heavy Runner Warriors prayer – Ft. Supaman


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Three Movies One Dialogue


We are pleased to announce that in collaboration with community partners we are bringing to you a series of three events: Three Movies One Dialogue.

Three Independent movies sharing =different perspectives on human experiences clinicians call “serious mental illness” but you don’t have to.
Each event will also include a dialogue with invited guests and opportunity for questions.

 

 

One series, three evenings, three movie screenings, each movie independently produced, each screening including a panel of invited guests.

We invite you to a dialogue: a conversation with a centre and no sides, sharing many perspectives and world views on what often gets called “serious mental illness”.


Three Movies


HEALING VOICES

HEALING VOICES is a feature-length documentary examining experiences commonly labeled as ‘psychosis’ or ‘mental illness’ in society, and a critical look at America’s broken mental health care system.

Director: PJ Moynihan

Website: http://healingvoicesmovie.com/

 

 

CRAZYWISE

Crazy…or wise? Ancient wisdom of indigenous cultures often contradicts modern views about a mental health crisis. Is it a ‘calling’ to grow or just a ‘broken brain’? The documentary CRAZYWISE explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience.

Director:  Phil Borges

Website:https://crazywisefilm.com/

 

THEY HEARD VOICES

An “illness” with no “cure”, the label schizophrenia has persisted for over a century. Toronto-based filmmaker Jonathan Balasz’s film offers multiple perspectives. Is “schizophrenia” hard science? Or an arbitrary, catch-all term with no real meaning? The film weaves a series of wide-ranging interviews with voice hearers, medical historians, anthropologists and psychiatrists from Britain and America, presenting different people’s views side-by-side. The result offers a tapestry of contrasting colours.

Director: Jonathan Balasz
Trailer:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTD2dIoPn4w

Tickets

Free – Reserve yours on Eventbrite.

Note:  Please Arrive by 6:45pm – after that we reserve the right to allocate unused spaced for first come, first in any rush line.


This series is brought to you by a community partnership between:

  • Grad Minds – UofT Graduate Students’ Union’s mental health committee,
  • Toronto branch of ISPS-US, International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis,
  • Recoverynetwork: Toronto. 

Community partners and co-hosts

Grad Minds is the mental Health Committee of University of Toronto Graduate Students Union.

 

ISPS-US Toronto branch.
International Society for Social and Psychological approaches to Psychosis Toronto.

Info Pack

Printer-friendly  Information Pack:   Three Movies One Dialogue – Info Pack
info pack

Tickets

The screenings are free to attend: you can reserve your seat online Eventbrite.
[available soon]

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