Friday, June 23, 2006

The Wind Will Take Us

In my small night, ah
the wind has a date with the leaves of the trees
in my small night there is agony of destruction
do you hear the darkness blowing?
I look upon this bliss as a strangerI am addicted to my despair.

listen do you hear the darkness blowing?
something is passing in the night
the moon is restless and red
and over this rooftop
where crumbling is a constant fear
clouds, like a procession of mourners
seem to be waiting for the moment of rain.

A moment
and then nothing
night shudders beyond this window
and the earth winds to a halt
beyond this window

something unknown is watching you and me.

O green from head to foot
place your hands like a burning memory
in my loving hands
give your lips to the caresses
of my loving lips
like the warm perception of being
the wind will take usthe wind will take us.

Forugh Farrokhzad
(Translated by Ahmad Karimi Hakkak)

Listen to the poem in Farsi from Niki Karimi

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Documentary banned in Malaysia

The Last Communist is a semi-musical documentary about the life and legacy of Chin Peng, exiled leader of the banned Communist Party of Malaysia. The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February. It features interviews with people in the towns Chin Peng lived in, interspersed with songs that were composed in the mould of old-fashioned propaganda films.
According to director Amir Muhammad, the Malaysian ambassador who attended the Berlin screening enjoyed the film. In March, the film got through the National Film Censorship Board of Malaysia without any cuts. But on May 5th, Home Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Radzi Sheikh Ahmad suddenly retracted the censors' approval.


Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Hope for the best
Expect the worst
You could be Tolstoy
Or Fannie Hurst
--Mel Brooks