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Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation Between Women and Men
Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation Between Women and Men
by William Keepin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 15.43

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Divine Duality, 7 Dec 2007
Divine Duality is an account of experiential workshops working towards gender reconciliation. The work is underlined by a broad spiritual basis and encourages participants to discover the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine within themselves. Accounts from the workshops are revealing and insightful and can be used to create a better society. Particular good accounts are on the effects of pornography and the military. However, the approach falls short on how to change institutions, what should be legislated and how people can change their lives apart from the therapeutic effects of gender reconciliation workshops. Here the authors have created a safe space for themselves and have not mustered the courage to stand up and face possible criticism. Conspicuously absent is also a discourse on the relationship between aggression and the concept of Divine Duality. Aggression is an important element in gender relations both among humans and in the Animal Kingdom. Little boys are naturally more aggressive than girls and this aggression is reflected in our culture and institutions. Such a discourse would bring the topic closer to the cutting edge. The omission of a discourse on aggression may lie in that spiritual approaches tend to repress aggression while aggression is being studied by the social sciences and these two approaches are not eaily reconcilable.

Riding Giants [DVD] [2005]
Riding Giants [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Laird John Hamilton
Price: 6.22

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Riding Giants, 29 Aug 2006
This review is from: Riding Giants [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
Riding Giants is a documentary made at the right time for preserving the history of big wave surfing. The movie was produced recently and the possibilities and techniques of filmmaking in the 21st century were exploited.

The various characters themselves take the viewer through the story most of the time. As the characters do not all relate to each other face to face, this narrative technique prevents the film from taking on its own personality, in contrast to Bruce Brown's Endless Summer movies which have taken on their own personalities so well.

At first viewing the special effects usually used in action movies seem confusing. These effects range from waves breaking fast forward to a flash appearing when a narrator snips his fingers after making a point. I am not sure whether the special effects are irritating or contribute to showing what surfers experience.

The film gives some time to exploring the psychology of surfers and what made them do what they do. This the film does very well without this aspect of the film becoming overwhelming. Pitty only that the movie focuses almost exclusively on America and Americans - big wave surfing has gone worldwide by now!

Riding Giants was well made, but is not a classic.

Endless Summer [DVD]
Endless Summer [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert August
Offered by chivvy
Price: 15.99

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Endless Summer, 21 July 2006
This review is from: Endless Summer [DVD] (DVD)
Bruce Brown's first Endless Summer is now mainly of historical interest. The age of the film makes no easy viewing at first. The sound is somewhat muffled, the music somewhat outdated and the camera work is that of the 1960s. However, I have seen the movie several times and each time it grew on me more, and I now like it. The story has no plot, the action is on the sport of surfing and the search of surf in the various countries visited. Bruce Brown's The Endless Summer is a good movie to have in your surf movie collection.

Interestingly, Bruce Brown comments on the arrival of porpoises at a Durban beach that sharks and porpoises have yet to integrate in South Africa [stress placed on 'in South Africa']. Porpoises and sharks will not be found together in the water. To the finer tuned ear a clear comment on the racial policies in South Africa during those years.

Bruce Brown's humour has improved in wit in his second Endless Summer which shows that his mind has definitely become younger over the years! The minds of surfers usually do.

The Endless Summer 2 [DVD][1994]
The Endless Summer 2 [DVD][1994]
Dvd ~ Patrick O'Connell

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Endless Sumer 2, 26 Jun 2006
The Endless Summer II is a very enjoyable film which you can watch over and over again. Bruce Brown's humour is infectious. On the serious side, the film shows everything from big wave surfing to boogie boarding and characteristics of the different countries visited during the endless summer. This makes it easy for every water nut to relate to the film. It contains the spirit of surfers and backpacking travellers alike. The film is uplifting and inspiring and may change your outlook on life. At a price of under 7 British pounds it is a bargain.

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