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Equal Rights

We’ve achieved some great milestones through this year so far: Same-sex marriage in the United States has been legal nationwide since June, Ireland said yes to the same cause in a referendum and mostly there have been some revolutions amongst our society. Yes, we’re on our way to equal rights. But still, now, more than ever, we’ve got more work to do. There are many issues that should be debated actively so we can find a resolution.

The concept of acceptance is a simple notion that unfortunately has caused a lot of damage over the centuries. Nowadays we must support each other because within’ acceptance lies our freedom as a society, as a community, and most of all, as a person. Being truthful about your identity shouldn’t be a luxury, it’s a universal right and above all it’s the bravest thing you can do in your lifetime. You don’t need an award for that, you don’t need a big audience to see you making’ it, you just need to feel comfortable in your own skin. Never listen to what others have to say. It doesn’t matter. I don’t care who they are, if someone doesn’t accept you, turn away immediately. You can try to understand the other person’s opinion, but if it’s a commentary that its self-destructive with no intention of making a consistent argument, then it’s not worth it of your time. No one deserves humiliation, abuse, assault or being discriminated. Our identity is the most important thing to our integrity and it’s the core of being human. For example, there has been some confusion about Transgender rights and this piece on Last Week with John Oliver is perfect to clear things out:

On the same topic on equality before the law, we’re still fighting for equal pay for women. I’m not going to moan about how I feel being a working class female in this world, but I must say that Jon Stewart made a brilliant observation on the Daily Show where you can see how the media treats women and the influence of this information in people’s minds.

As you can see, we’ve got problems to solve. We’ve come so far, but have so much more to conquer and to achieve. We believe in a cruelty free world. Why not?! Although you must understand that through your life, there’s going to be some people who notice you, but if they don’t offend you, it’s ok. Making fun of something is different from bullying someone also the same thing goes for being funny is different then being ignorant/disrespectful. The bottom line is that, having the sensibility not to hurt the other person’s feelings, it’s a good exercise to practice from the moment you start talking as a toddler. We’re not trying to make a perfect world, we’re creating an equal environment for everyone.

Te amo Barcelona

Every time I feel a ray of sunshine burning on my skin or I get the feeling that summertime is just around the corner, it reminds me of the beautiful capital of Catalonia.

I’ve been in Barcelona for almost fifteen days in February 2012 with one of my best friends. It was the first time we also used couchsurfing as a way to explore even deeper the city lifestyle. You can find our adventure here.

I must say I loved everything about this cosmopolitan city: the urbanistic sights matches up with the street style of the Catalans, the language and dialect itself sounds beautifully mysterious, the food, including all the tapas and sangria were divine, the live music, the culture and of course, as part of being a tourist, the monuments.

It was one of those cities where I got the feeling “I could live here for a while”. I’ve always wanted to enrich my Spanish and learning Catalan might be a good way to do it. The lifestyle of Barcelona is vivid and colorful. Probably I will try it someday.

A delightful trip to repeat. For sure.

The 8th Bastille Week

The Lion and the Unicorn Theatre

The Lion and the Unicorn Theatre

I’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with some theatre companies along the way. Besides acting, I’ve been taking photos and recording video of some theatre productions. Annually, Bastille Week takes place in London where Exchange Theatre presents their latest work. Exchange Theatre is an international company established in 2006 which produces and translates unknown or rare French-speaking plays. Since then the company has grown into different directions taking new opportunities within theatre workshops, amateur drama classes for French-speaking and also doubling their professional plays (English and French version). These are some of the best photos I took during this week.

Je ne suis plus à moi / Directed by Nathalie Adam

Je ne suis plus à moi / Directed by Nathalie Adam

Je ne suis plus à moi / Directed by Nathalie Adam

Je ne suis plus à moi / Directed by Nathalie Adam

"Le Médecin Malgré Lui" / Directed by David Furlong

“Le Médecin Malgré Lui” / Directed by David Furlong

Quai des Échanges / Directed by Géraldine Cottalorda

Quai des Échanges / Directed by Géraldine Cottalorda

Je ne suis plus à moi / Directed by Nathalie Adam

Je ne suis plus à moi / Directed by Nathalie Adam

Je ne suis plus à moi / Directed by Nathalie Adam

Je ne suis plus à moi / Directed by Nathalie Adam

Je ne suis plus à moi / Directed by Nathalie Adam

Je ne suis plus à moi / Directed by Nathalie Adam

Je ne suis plus à moi / Directed by Nathalie Adam

Je ne suis plus à moi / Directed by Nathalie Adam

Quai des Échanges / Directed by Géraldine Cottalorda

NY Portuguese Short Film Festival 2015

 

There has been some annual festivals I’ve been involved in some way. First as a member of the audience, then as a participant and finally as a contributor. The NY Portuguese Short Film Festival (NYPSFF) is produced by Arte Institute since 2011. It brings you the “Portuguese culture to the big screen and showcase films with a unique Portuguese perspective. The NYPSFF offers a contemporary Portugal full of ideas and spirit while bridging audiences with different cultural background.” Today, the NYPSFF is still growing all over the world and you can be a part of it. Check their website for more info and to know more upcoming sessions.