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AudNews interview with Daniel Hansson

AudNews interview with Daniel Hansson

By Mundee Morning Original article in AudNews: http://audnews.com/meet-daniel-hansson-director-come-way/ Come, This Is The Way, directed by Daniel Hansson, won The Audience Awards Indigenous Peoples Short Film Competition in November.  “As part of the Terra Religata project (terra-religata.org), this film was shot at the 2013 Tutxinmepu Powwow in Idaho; an intertribal gathering hosted by the University of Idaho and the local Nez Perce Tribe to celebrate the rejuvenation of American Indian culture. This Powwow brought together Indians from all over North America in the spirit of drum music and dance; the unifying pulse and life-blood of Native American culture. ”  Said Hansson of his award-winning film.  Hansson spoke with The Audience Awards about his enthusiasm for film, activism, and Come, This Is The Way which can be viewed here:     Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? I’m a Swedish activist, writer, and freelance educator with a focus on ecological balance, cultural transformation, and empowerment for change. Right now, I live in Sweden after having been almost a decade in the United States and Canada. I’m also the founder of Terra Religata – a new international grassroots project for deep reconnection among fellow human beings and nature as a whole (Read more at: terra-religata.org). In my work, I lecture widely, blog and conduct workshop on how to effect culture change for climate balace by deep listening to the voice of nature. I’m also a truly “accidental” filmmaker. I never had any aspirations whatsoever to make a film, but that changed during my work as a Lecturer at the University of Idaho when I went out into the Rocky Mountain...
Film award to ”Come, This is the Way”

Film award to ”Come, This is the Way”

Photo by Daniel Hansson © 2014 Daniel Hansson. All rights reserved.   “Come, This is the Way” won the international Indigenous Peoples Short Film Award 2014. Many thanks to all of you who voted for the film! I shot “Come, This is the Way” with a simple consumer-grade camcorder without any initial intention to make a film at the 2013 Tutxinmepu Powwow in Idaho. This annual intertribal gathering and traditional dance contest is arranged by University of Idaho’s Native American Student Center and hosted by the local Nez Perce Tribe to celebrate the rejuvenation of American Indian culture. This Powwow brings together indians from all over North America in the spirit of drum music and dance – the unifying pulse and life-blood of Native American culture. Behind the camera, I began to perceive the joy and the pain of this celebration of what was once lost and is now being reclaimed in fierce determination to survive after centuries of genocidal persecution and socioeconomic oppression. I became a witness to the respect and love between the generations – the preservation of civilization itself. The transmission of culture to the Indian children was so moving that I was brought to tears. And this is indeed the way for all of us to follow. The still near the end of the film of an old man smiling and looking at a baby held by its mother says it all. The man is my beloved friend Ernie Phillip, also know as Dancing Bear; a fullblood member of the Shuswap Nation of British Columbia in Canada. Dancing Bear is one of the great champions...
Vote for Come This is the Way!

Vote for Come This is the Way!

UPDATE (December 8, 2014): “Come, this is the way” wins film award   My film “Come, this is the way” was invited to an international competition for short films about indigneous peoples. This contest is called The Audience Awards, and they award a small prize for the submission that gets the most votes in two weeks by its online audience. By giving my film your vote, you make a contribution to increase the visibility of Terra Religata! Each person can vote as often as once per day during the 14 days of the contest. To vote you simply click “Vote” on the film’s web page, after which you get to enter your cell-phone number (scroll down to the name of your country and enter the number after the international code that shows up automatically; usually, you have to drop the initial 0 in your area code if it begins with a zero, e.g. 070 becomes 70). After you enter your number, you get an SMS with a code which you then enter into the web form and submit for verification. This is just to make sure that voting is fair and not done by a robot (your number is not stored or used for any other purposes). My hope is that this contest can help Terra Religata get more visibility. You can watch “Come, this is the way” HERE! Join the dialogue! Comment below, get in touch to receive email news, and follow Daniel Hansson and Terra Religata on Twitter for immediate updates on #ReconnectionActivism and new blog...
Pain Threshold – my short film about genocide in Gaza

Pain Threshold – my short film about genocide in Gaza

I was going to write, but words failed me. Instead, my rage and despair over the ongoing crimes against humanity in Gaza motivated me to speak in the language of film. Pain Threshold is my new short film in the Terra Religata project – furiously made last week over a few days. It documents genocidal atrocities in the present (and past), U.S.-backed and funded war by Israel against the children of Gaza. How much is too much? Where is the world’s threshold of pain? If we fail to empathize with the people of Gaza, we are no longer human. Therefore, raise your voice to stop the genocide. Protest is the only thing that can end the siege of Gaza. For that reason, please share and promote this film and help it reach the people that need to wake up. WARNING: Extremely graphic. Viewer discretion advised. Read more about my film ”Come, this is the way”.     Join the dialogue! Comment below, get in touch to receive email news, and follow Daniel Hansson and Terra Religata on Twitter for immediate updates on #ReconnectionActivism and new blog...