Thursday, 5 April 2012

Fight.

Our tiny bedroom in our hotel has no windows (giving you some idea of the calibre of our accommodation) so it is lovely and grey when you wake up but it feels like it's two in the morning. That is how tired we are. 


Today is going to be really interesting, the lovely Jenny set up two interviews for us with; one with Pawel, the Director of the Odessa Holocaust Museum and the other with Marcus, a survivor of the eastern Holocaust. We are so lucky that we are able to meet with these people, who can give us information that we previously didn't know.

Tonight is the start of the Jewish festival of Passover, which celebrated the release of Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. It is going to be quite weird celebrating freedom when we are filming this documentary because there is a distinct lack of freedom in the world. The idea of freedom is a lovely idea, we all want people to be able to be the masters of their own destiny, but how do we get it? So many of people think that if you want a better world, a world where people are free, you just need to wait for the current situation to get better. We think that we need to work for it. We need to come together, to decide how we want the world to be and how we are going to make it happen. Although Facebook is great, in our opinion it has created an army of what we call 'passive activists', people who believe that they are making a real difference simply by sharing a status, or a news story. While of course that is helpful in spreading awareness it can't be (but generally is) the end of participation.


To make a change, to see a better today, to build a beter tomorrow we need to fight for it. It is very easy for us all to float on through life only worrying about the small issues which take up so much of our time that we never get a chance to think about the bigger issues. While of course the small issues really do matter to us, they are not all that matters. We need to remember that we are part of this world and that we (hopefully) all want to see a world where people, regardless of their religion, sexuality, colour, creed are loved and are afforded the same rights. Why would we want that? Well, people are people and everyone deserves the same love and the same rights.


In the wise words of Ms. Cheryl Cole, we gotta fight, fight, fight, fight, fight for this love. 

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