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A prolific Nigerian playwright, novelist and screenwriter now based in London, HALF OF A YELLOW SUN is Biyi Bandele’s feature film directorial debut. This first feature follows his distinguished career writing and directing plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, and writing screenplays for the BBC and British and international film productions.
Bandele has previously written and directed a short, THE KISS (2009), a psychological thriller.
For television, Bandele wrote Not Even God is Wise Enough directed by Danny Boyle for BBC2 in 1994. His prolific writing for theatre includes his adaptation of Aphra Benn’s Oroonoko, which was a huge hit for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2000, and was successfully revived by New York’s Theatre for a New Audience in 2007. Bandele’s fiction writing includes Burma Boy published by Jonathan Cape in 2007 (published as The King’s Rifle, Harper Collins in the US in 2009).
Film Synopsis: Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) are glamorous twins from a wealthy Nigerian family. Upon returning to a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria after their expensive English education, the two women make very different choices. Olanna shocks her family by going to live with her lover, the “revolutionary professor” Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) in the dusty university town of Nsukka; Kainene turns out to be a fiercely successful businesswoman when she takes over the family interests, and surprises even herself when she falls in love with Richard (Joseph Mawle), an English writer. They become caught up in the events of the Nigerian civil war, in which the lgbo people fought an impassioned struggle to establish Biafra as an independent republic.
Events are taking place across the nation in recognition of Armed Forces Week. Currently, less than one percent of our population wears the uniform as compared to more than 12 percent during World War II. Those numbers are set to shrink even more in response to the President declaring an end to the 12-year-plus "global war on terror." Thousands of members will exit with discharge lessons in mind of the risks ahead. Perhaps, even greater challenges lie ahead for those on the other side of trauma.
Lydia Davey, a former U.S. Marine, is one of tens of thousands who experienced military sexual trauma and post-traumatic stress while serving, and beyond. As a columnist for Military 1 and The Huffington Post she's defined the lessons learned since discharge, and their application to heal, forgive, and forge ahead.
She reported that "more veterans than ever before are reporting post-traumatic stress. This is a good thing. Combat is stressful. Rape is stressful. The loss of your buddies is stressful ... we can't muscle through trauma alone." Lydia describes the endeavor of healing and forgiveness as an even greater risk than "donning body armor and loading weapons" during Afghanistan deployment.
"Challenging your heart to heal as an incredibly powerful thing," she says. Whether you're a veteran who's experienced military trauma, helping a veteran on the other side of it, or simply looking for entrepreneur insights, this episode is one you won't want to miss. Tune in to meet Lydia Davey, successful vetrepreneur, motivational speaker, Founder and CEO of Moriah Creatives Public Relations, project manager, author of The Adventures of Puppi and Burma (a story of a homeless veteran and his two pets), and an "Outward Bound" veteran dogsledding participant.
Patrick's work is with those who understand that their success is for the sake of the world. His clients aim to reach beyond themselves to create dynamic and purpose-driven legacies. Patrick leads Wisdom Circles and teaches Awakened Wisdom in San Quentin prison.
Patrick has traveled the world speaking, coaching and leading retreats and workshops in 15 different countries to thousands of people and worked with audiences on the importance of creating and leading with positive impact.
As a former Buddhist monk in Burma (now Myanmar), Patrick practiced the path of awakened living. He has written two best sellers based on his life, business and learning experiences. He has studied with several indigenous teachers in a variety of wisdoms. He is an entrepreneur, creating and leading his own small business inspirations.
Patrick works with professionals, executives and entrepreneurs, focusing on questions of personal effectiveness, development and leadership. Powerfully integrating ancient teachings and modern applications to more deeply understand and integrate all life experiences and wisdom to propel you to your highest callings and goals.
More to come about Patrick and this program!
Cynthia Thaik, M.D., is a Harvard-trained cardiologist who focuses on the mind-body connection to help her patients achieve overall health and wellness. She is board-certified in noninvasive cardiology and internal medicine and has been practicing medicine for over 20 years, specializing in women’s health, cardiovascular health and congestive heart failure.
Born in Myanmar (formerly Burma), Dr. Cynthia’s practice is strongly influenced by her Eastern roots and her Buddhist faith. She helps her patients incorporate mindfulness, personal responsibility, Eastern philosophy and the mind-body-soul connection in order to achieve optimal health, happiness and peace in their lives. Her new book, Your Vibrant Heart: Restoring Health, Strength & Spirit for the Body's Core unites Eastern and Western medicine to take a whole life approach to heart health. Click to learn more.
Join World Footprints as hosts Tonya and Ian explore the world of silence, the power of perfume and a new Burma. Imagine living for 17 years under a personal vow of silence. Our first guest, National Geographic author John Francis, did just that. After witnessing the devastating effects of the 1971 oil spill in San Francisco Bay, John embarked on a period of reflection that involved a 17 year long self-imposed silence and 22 years of walking. John’s incredible jo
There is a time we would need someone with good leadership and courage to make things happen help those that are in needed of helps. On March 6, 2014, a Hmong Village in the border of Burma and Thailand was destroyed by fire. It did not take long for a Hmong couple to make decision what to help these Hmong families. He and his wife launched a fundraising campaign to help rebuilt the Village. They received many donations to help these families. Faaj Qhua Muas from Thailand will be on my show to share how/why him and his wife decided to do such hard and wonderful thing for these Hmong families.
My Co Host: Monica Rosales Executive Director of DOCMIAMI.ORG The organization is dedicated to promoting the best that documentary film making has to offer worldwide. "BURMA: AN INDICTMENT" -PART II Watching the film and seeing the extent of the suffering, one can only begin to grasp the level of greed and corruption employed by the military regime’s control. “It's a real shame. Burma has the largest reserves of gas in Southeast Asia—she's rich in rubies and
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Scott Cluthe talks with Dr. Cynthia Thaik, author of Your Vibrant Heart.
Harvard-trained, Dr. Cynthia Thaik is a heart doctor that practices with her heart. She delivers security and peace of mind to her clients by orchestrating behavioral and mindset shifts to evoke lasting transformational changes in their health, well-being, vitality, energy, and creativity.
Intuitively, she has known that she would serve this calling since the age of five, after accompanying her physician mother to the medical clinic in their home country of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. There, she witnessed the pure hands-on art of healing, free from modern-day drugs, bureaucracy, and malpractice threats. Decades later, the demands of solo practice, a strained marriage and three small children created a toll that left her feeling disconnected and drained. It wasn’t until the opening of her wellness center three years ago that those early childhood memories of the art of self-directed healing were reawakened.
Dr. Cynthia began her professional training at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She then completed her internal medicine and cardiology training through Harvard’s training programs. She manages two successful cardiology clinics and is the founder of Revitalize-U.
Wednesday, Feb 5, 6pm EST: Mitchell's guest this evening is well-known musician Don Slepian, Electronic Keyboardist, combines unique skills in music and electronics with a lifetime of improvised keyboard music performance. Working in Renaissance, Baroque, and Romantic genres, he performs original classically-styled music on computer instruments of his own design.
Born into a scientific family, Slepian showed both musical and technical talent early in life. In 1968, he programmed computers and built electronic music circuitry, sculpting sound with classic electronic music studio tape techniques. In 1972, he was a tester on the early internet as a member of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Don has been presented by WNYC’s “New Sounds” show in New York’s Lincoln Center, by the French Ministry of Culture at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, by the Karen Baptist Church for performances in the refugee camps at the border of Burma and Thailand, and has toured in Hong Kong and Singapore, among other venues, around the world.
He currently webcasts from his studio in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. He is President of Local 577, American Federation of Musicians and Music Minister at All Souls Christian Center of East Stroudsburg, PA.
Mitchell and Don first met and got friendly in the mid-1980's when they were both part of a spiritual community (Synchronicity Foundation) using music and language to create coherence between the two hemispheres of the brain, clear the subconscious mind of old, bad habits and open the way for novel thought and development.
For more on Don's music and work: http://donslepian.com.
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Edward Mannix has been on a conscious path of personal and spiritual development for over twenty years. He has practiced Vipassana meditation in a monastery in Burma, travelled to Nepal to receive teachings and empowerments from Tibetan Rinpoches, and worked with hidden masters from a number of traditions and geographies, spanning Asia, Europe and the United States. Throughout his journey, Edward has consistently been focused on a form of practical spirituality - integrating his spiritual pursu
Join World Footprints as hosts Tonya and Ian explore the world of silence, the power of perfume and a new Burma. Imagine living for 17 years under a personal vow of silence. Our first guest, National Geographic author John Francis, did just that. After witnessing the devastating effects of the 1971 oil spill in San Francisco Bay, John embarked on a period of reflection that involved a 17 year long self-imposed silence and 22 years of walking. John’s incredible