SON OF THE CONGO - Serge Ibaka managed to escape the war-torn streets of the Congo and play his way to the top of the NBA. In 'Son of the Congo,' he returns to his native country, revisiting the empty lots where he used to sleep, reconnecting with his daughter, and confronting the stark reality facing Congolese youth. The odds are long, but Ibaka imparts his unshakable belief that a better future is possible if you never stop trying. The full length documentary is free on Grantland.com - below is the trailer. Inspiring...
PLAYING FOR CHANGE - Smell the Rain
This was recorded and filmed live on the streets of Sydney, Australia and features Genevieve Chadwick a very powerful and Inspiring artist.
WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS
Carlos Santana with India.Arie and Yo-Yo Ma cover George Harrison's Inspiring powerful rendition of While My Guitar Gently Weeps...
INSPIRING Photos from around the world by Chris Bavelles - set to the incredible music of Flight Facilities.
Photos from FotoMovie available at: cbtweakphotos.com
Really beautiful work by Julian Lennon - and like his father he has an innate desire to make the world a better place and it is inspiring...
Here is a nice article by Cait Munro - Artnet News Website/blog
HOPE DEFINED JULIAN LENNON'S EERILY BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHS...
Julian Lennon is a true jack of all trades. As a photographer, musician, documentary filmmaker, and yes, the son of John Lennon (with John's first wife Cynthia Powell), he also finds time for charity work with the White Feather Foundation, an environmental and humanitarian outreach organization he founded in 2007. In fact, it was his work with White Feather that inspired "Horizon," his current solo show at Emmanuel Fremin Gallery.
In this series of black-and-white and sepia-toned photographs, Lennon attempts to bring back the big skies, sweeping landscapes, and weather-worn but hopeful faces that he encountered on a recent mission to help bring clean drinking water to villages in Kenya and Ethiopia.
"I was gobsmacked by it all," Lennon says. "Being there really drew it home, the expanse of the countryside…I just took as many pictures as I could, trying to capture a few odd beauties." When he got home and began to sift through the film, he realized he had somewhere between five and ten thousand shots.
The series is a departure from the kind of photography he's best known for—shots of his brother, Sean, on tour; a series of portraits of Charlene, Princess of Monaco taken moments before she was crowned; pensive, behind-the-scenes pictures of the band U2. These are natural subjects, as this is the world Lennon was born into.
But like his father, he appears to have an innate desire to make the world a better place somehow. "It's all about the horizon of hope," he says, in reference to the title of both the exhibition and one of the principal works. "You can see that [the subjects] want to move forward with knowledge and wisdom and can do that. And there's every chance for the next generation to have a better life."
"[I want people] to get a sense of what other culture's lives are really like," Lennon stated.
"Probably something in the future," Lennon said in response to a question about what decade he'd like to live in. "I'd like to see where we go. I've seen where we've been, now I want to know what's ahead."
Our only request is that he bring plenty of film with him.
by Cait Munro, Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Resolve is an amazing and inspiring
feature documentary on PTSD by Writer/Director Greg Strom, a long time colleague and friend.
The feature-length documentary explores
the inspiring stories of 10 victims of serious trauma and their families and lists their own 17 Guidelines back to health, happiness and a prosperous life.
More on Resolve at: themilethatmatters.com
Watch the entire film here - https://www.youtube.com/embed/n4bg0spacmw or right here on Inspiring Documentaries:
"At first I was trying to figure out, 'What's the biggest market I could get into? How could I make billions of dollars?'" he said. "And I caught myself, I said, '(Expletive), you started playing basketball because you loved it. It wasn't to be a millionaire. It's because you loved playing. So what is it that you love doing?' So I said, 'I love telling stories that move people.' ... Storytelling moves mountains, man. I don't care what it is, or what form you look at — whether you look at it from a religious filter, or whether you look at it through an advertising filter, it does not matter. Whether you look at it from a sports writing perspective, it does not matter. Storytelling shapes the world. Storytelling, for me, is the reason why I'm here today." Kobe Bryant
Muse directed by Gotham Chopra and while creating the documentary with Kobe,
Chopra noticed Kobe's humble nature, which found to be in contrast to his on-court persona of extreme confidence, even cockiness.
“There’s this humility about him off the court, and I think as he looks down the barrel of the gun at the end of his career and the rest of his life, that humility and that curiosity is something that’s really refreshing.”
#Basketball #Inspiring #Muse #Film #Kobe #Bryant #Inspiring #Documentary
Kobe Bryant's Muse premieres on Showtime February 28th 2015
THE GOOD LIE - Watched an incredible inspiring movie called The Good Lie - In the 1980's Hundreds of thousands Sudanese children were left orphaned and misplaced by a civil war. An estimated 3,600 Sudanese orphans were permitted to immigrate to the USA. The Good Lie is based on true events and the characters are played as children by the offspring of Sudanese refugees while the adult characters are played by actors with ties to Sudan, a couple having been refugees and child soldiers. their casting makes this movie incredibly powerful and inspiring. - Meet two of the wonderful stars of the film in this short UNICEF documentary interview.
#thegoodlie #Sudan #Powerful
"On the Road," Steve Hartman meets photographer Richard Renaldi, who started a project titled "Touching Strangers," where he pairs strangers off the street in tender portraits. While the awkwardness between the subjects is apparent at first, Renaldi says that feeling changes dramatically as the shoot progresses.
Click here to see inspiring segment - Touching Strangers
78 AND GREAT
In 1984 Jim Morris owned a gym in West Hollywood - I was a member and Jim who at the time was in his late 40's taught me how to workout with weights and more importantly inspired me to live a healthier lifestyle. Jim is now 78 and easily one of the MOST INSPIRING real world examples of how to stay both physically and mentally healthy as you age. He is remarkable as this short doc on him shows. Very Inspiring.
Author - Producer, Director & Photographer Chris Bavelles
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