Posts By: Wanda Waterman

Wanda Waterman

Wanda Waterman is a poet, spoken word artist, blogger, cultural journalist, and digital nomad. She’s been writing regularly for The Voice Magazine since 2004, not long after she began studying psychology at Athabasca. Her poetry has been published in Descant, The Talking Leaves, Chizine, Our Times, The Best of Tigertail, and Pottersfield Portfolio and her articles in Design is Political, Rawckus Magazine, Coastal Life, The New Internationalist, This Magazine, and in her blog, The Mindful Bard. She grew up in Nova Scotia, but after having lived in New Hampshire and North Africa she’s now settled in Montreal.

The Mindful Bard – Another Year

Film: Another Year (2010) Writer/Director: Mike Leigh Genre: Drama, Comedy Cast: Jim Broadbent, Leslie Manville, Ruth Sheen ?For you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness . . .? 1 Thessalonians 5:5 Among the most precious scenes in this film are the ones that show… Read more »

Voix du Maghreb – Entretien Avec Guitariste Jack Djeyim

« Le goût de l?harmonie classique, l?improvisation du jazzman, les atmosphères nostalgiques du Sahel ou les polyrythmies saccadées de l?Afrique centrale se résument dans un style afro-jazz-fusion, ou les influences diverses ne dénaturent pas l?atout principal de cet artiste à la personnalité inclassable : un phrasé assez original, avec un picking bien reconnaissable par la… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Budrus

Film: Budrus (2010) Director: Julie Bacha Genre: Documentary ?Non-violent resistance implies the very opposite of weakness. Defiance combined with non-retaliatory acceptance of repression from one’s opponents is active, not passive. It requires strength, and there is nothing automatic or intuitive about the resoluteness required for using non-violent methods in political struggle and the quest for… Read more »

The Mindful Bard: True Grit

Film: True Grit (2010) Writers/Directors: Ethan and Joel Coen Cast: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper, and Hailee Steinfeld ?MATTIE ROSS: I just spent last night at the undertaker?s, in the company of three corpses. I felt like Ezekiel. In the valley of the dry bones? GRANDMA TURNER: Yes, well, God bless you.?… Read more »

Gregor’s Bed – Until the Light Takes Us

Film: Until the Light Takes Us (Variance Films 2010) Genre: Documentary Directors: Aaron Aites, Audrey Ewell In light of the recent tragedy in Norway, It’s instructive to get a glimpse into some of the cultural conditions predating that incident. And since my Mindful Bard recommendation this week discusses the way Negro spirituals and protest songs… Read more »

The Mindful Bard: Soundtrack for a Revolution

Film: Soundtrack for a Revolution (2010) Genre: Documentary Writers/Directors: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman Executive Producer: Danny Glover When you watch old black and white footage of children gladly marching to jail, you get a sense of how bad life really was for African-Americans in the southern US, up to and including the 1960s. It’s hard… Read more »

Gregor’s Bed – Show Me the Way

Album: Jack Djeyim, Show Me the Way (2010) Acoustic and Electric Guitars: Jack Djeyim Bass: Etienne Mbappé, Guy Sangué, Raymond Noël Ekwabi Drums: Brice Wouassi, Valerie Lobé, Dennis Tchangou Keyboards: Mario Canongue, Don Dieu Divin, Patrick Bebey Guests: Idrissa Diop, Manu Dibango Isn’t it a treat to find an album that gets you out of… Read more »