Saturday, May 26, 2007
my birthday, children of men and international childrens day
Hmmmm....what could possibly be the common thread here??? Five minutes ago I finished watching Children of Men, a fantastic yet horribly depressing film and being dissappointed in the DVDs lack of any special features worthy of my viewing time, decided to go to wikipedia and imdb to see what they had on the film based on the P.D. James novel. On my way there, I noticed that in some time zones it is May 27th, my birthday, my 41st to be exact. I was born in the afternoon- interrupting everyones lunch hour on a Friday in 1966. Dad was 51. Mom was 43. I was number 6. So anyway, in Nigeria, it is childrens day, which is part of an ICD- international childrens day celebration which mostly happens on June 1st. International yet guess which country does not participate? The United States of America. Wikipedia has 26 different countries listed in its heading "Childrens day over the world".....but no USA??? Why???
Support the Child Soldier Prevention Act of 2007
Of 10 governments worldwide implicated in the recruitment or use of children as soldiers, nine receive US military assistance.
"recruitment" of children as soldiers is happening or just recently happened in: Nepal, Congo, Sri Lanka, Burundi, Burma, Cote d'Ivoire, and Liberia, but whos to say that these are the nine that receive military assistance???
For more details go to: http://web.amnesty.org/pages/childsoldiers-background-eng
Anyway back to the film Children of Men. Alfonso Cuaron director screenwriter for y tu mama tambien and director for harry potters prisoner of azakabadan ra kahn mana mana. Interesting things in this film julian and jasper both names of main characters and are the 2 names of my son, Julian Jasper. The use of "The Court of The Crimson King" by King Crimson, and A shot which looked exactly like the cover of Pink Floyds Animals a Pig Zepplin and a Tall factory silo or whathaveya. According to Cuarón, the title of P.D. James' book (The Children of Men) is a Catholic allegory derived from a passage of scripture in the Bible. (Psalm 90(89):3 of the KJV: "Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men." The British terrorists The Fishes and the loaves and fishes of the Bible??? hmmm....
So, yes happy birthday to me, and honour all children for they will be the future for better or for worse, possibly directly influenced by how we treat them!!! Like a co-worker once stated: treat them well for they will be the ones who will take care of you(or not) when you are old. how true!
1 a.m. 5/27/2007.