Is to breathe-love & trust in what’s beautiful about the human spirit against the odds. To follow what’s gentle & light, resilient & bright. To live in a sacred manner & in celebration of life. To breathe compassion, sing & dance & make music & heal trauma, fear, loss & pain. And to not just try to survive, but to live-fully & thrive.
Last night, I saw an amazing documentary called “Beats Of The Antonov”. Over two years , Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka lived alongside farmers, herders, and rebels displaced to the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountain regions, filming their lives within hillside hideouts and refugee camps. The result is this unique perspective on the complex realities of a divided Sudan, focusing on the vibrant musical heritage of the region. As I was watching the movie, I noticed that my fear about safety on my upcoming trip to South Sudan was replaced by the the resilience of sacred celebration. While being bombarded by Antonov plains flying over their region and dropping destructive bombs, the people were singing & dancing and making music, and the children were laughing as they crawled out of the shelters. Hajooj Kuka told me after movie – “Stay away from politicians and just mingle with the spirit of the people, and you’ll be fine.”
Samuel Jakob Kirschner, Voice of The BREAZE