I received two comments over the past couple of days, and will take the opportunity to post them here.

The first was from a couple of film-makers making an animated film about domestic violence. I’m not endorsing, expressing an opinion or encouraging anything other than you check out their work and decide if you want to support it. Here’s the comment (which can be found in the “About” section of this blog):

My name is Nick Peterson, I am a filmmaker based in the Los Angeles area. Along with Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory) we are looking for support to create a short animated film that deals with the issue of domestic abuse against women.

This soon to be produced film tells the powerful story of a woman gradually crushed by the destructive forces of an abusive relationship. We firmly believe that drug abuse, alcohol, and pornography addiction can break down individuals and tear families apart. We hope this film will raise public consciousness and serve as a cautionary tale, shedding light on the cumulative effects of abuse and encouraging those in an abusive relationship to seek help before it is too late.
We’re raising funds for this project with a new and innovative system called “crowdsource funding.” Through the website we have established a page where people can become involved for as little as $1. The hope is that a large number of people giving very little can support and create important projects that might not be funded any other way.
If you’re able to help us, we would ask you to place a link to our Kickstarter page on your website and, if possible, update your support base with information regarding the project and how they can become involved.
In exchange, we would love to offer you space on our soon to be created website as a supporter, on the poster of the film and on the final credits of the film.
Please go to our Kickstarter page at this URL LINK:
We look forward to hearing from you and hope we can work together on this.

Nick Peterson & Jon Heder

The second comment was on my last post, “Name, Blame and Claim” and rather than paraphrase, I’ll put that here as well:

…It reminded me of a specific incidence about 15 years or so ago. I was on the bus going to work, an hour ride from home as I was a commuter. Sadly a woman in Haifa had also been murdered by her ex husband and the station spent an hour talking with social workers, the police and anyone else that they could talk to about domestic violence. However, as the program ended just before the news there was time to play a song and what was the song they played – I don’t know the title but it was a hit song from the US in English about a woman lying naked on the floor… to this day I still don’t think that these radio people have put two and two together.

I actually suspect that the radio people may have put two and two together, since I find that there is a strong sense of irony on many Israeli radio broadcasts. Whatever the case, I can’t think of what the song that mentions a woman lying naked on the floor, but Rena’s comment brought to mind Suzanne Vega’s spectacular song, “Luka” which to my mind captures perfectly the plight of the abused woman, particularly the phenomenon of learned helplessness.

Here’s Vega in a stellar performance, and may we all have a wonderful week ahead.

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