Some Very Personal Notes While Filming in Poland 2014

From Mielic, Poland 
October 2014

I was going to write a note to my brother and sister about how it was travelling through this landscape where, a short lifetime ago our family and their neighbours were enslaved, tortured and slaughtered. But somehow, I never got it done. I was there with my cousin Joe to film the story of how he, a Jewish infant, was hidden from the Nazis by a brave Polish couple.

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Update

I just posted some new material. On one hand the beginning of comments on the documentary films I’m working on. This one starts in Poland during the Holocaust and WWll. You’ll also find new material added to my Glossary.
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Righteous

I just got back from Poland where I was filming for the Reel Time Images project Righteous: unlikely heroes. You may have heard of the Righteous Among the Nations — it’s a designation given to non-Jews who are proven to have saved Jewish lives at the risk of their own and for no material gain. You know of some of them. Read More...
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pavlov and sacred space

Filming in Israel, site of so much concentrated faith, violence, hope and despair – no wonder I found myself ruminating on the question of sacred space. A theme close to the heart of all us involved with the Siloist Parks of Study and Reflection.


In that state I stumbled across this article, which made a connection between “place” and the mind/body response. I found it very thought provoking and so I mentioned it on Twitter @dzuckerbrot :
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Filming about cats

In keeping with the idea of including filmmaking stuff in this mix. Here’s a bit about my latest expedition to the wilds of Washington DC and Philadelphia as part of the making of our documentary The Lion in Your Living Room: a natural history of the domestic cat.
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Conscience, Objective Morality, Monkey Biz

Morality and our sense of justice (or injustice) are interesting things: is there some sort of “objective” morality? Is there a “conscience” that is the same in all of us?

For many “believers”, it is only their particular faith that holds the key to right action. In all seriousness they ask whether, without god, non-believers, “atheists” or others can even act morally. They could ask my friend Jamy...

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Intoxicated Dolphins, Puffer Fish and Zombies

I ended yesterday with a quote from William Blake. Here’s another, this time from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.

If the doors of perception were cleansed
everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.


Aldous Huxley used that line for the title of his famous 1954 essay The Doors of Perception about his experience with the psychedelic drug mescaline. It was followed by another essay a few years later titled, what else but, Heaven and Hell.

Copies of those essays are available online here (under resources) and also a BBC video a long interview with Huxley.


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