Flaherty retrospective to include Irish gem

first_imgInuit hunter Nanook was dogsledding across a frozen expanse of northern Canada when he paused at a snow mound. To the viewer of the famed silent “Nanook of the North” (1922), the mound seemed like all the others. But Nanook knelt and cut a hole with his walrus tusk knife. Then he reached in and pulled out a sleepy Arctic fox.A 2012 discovery at Harvard was no less pleasing. (The fox became Nanook’s pet.) During a catalog update, curators at Houghton Library found the only known copy of a forgotten film by pioneer documentarian Robert J. Flaherty (1884-1951). “Nanook,” Flaherty’s first and most famous film, set the stage for generations of ethnographic filmmaking.The recovered piece, just 12 minutes long, is “Oidhche Sheanchais” (“A Night of Storytelling”). It was commissioned by the Irish Free State in 1935 and shot by Flaherty during post-production work on “Man of Aran.” Thought to be the first Irish language “talkie,” “Night” features the “Aran” cast, hearthside, along with seanchai — storyteller — Tomas O’Diorain.In 2013, Barbara Hillers, Ph.D. ’97, an associate in Harvard’s Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures, saw the new catalog entry and realized its importance.All other copies of the film had been destroyed in a 1943 fire. The Houghton print was purchased in 1935 by the Harvard College Library at the request of Fred Norris Robinson, who had had introduced the study of Celtic languages and literature to Harvard in 1896.At Houghton, the Flaherty artifact was still in its original film can and wooden shipping crate. “It was like opening a time capsule,” said Harvard Library film conservator Liz Coffey.From its original nitrate print, “A Night of Storytelling” was restored to 35 mm and the file structure standard called Digital Cinema Package. Collaborating on the project with the Harvard Film Archive (HFA) were the Office of the Provost, Houghton Library, and the Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures. It premiered in July at the prestigious Bologna film festival Il Cinema Ritrovato. HFA Director Haden Guest, who introduced the film there, later called it “an absolutely thrilling discovery.”The film will get its U.S. premiere on Feb. 15 at Harvard Film Archive, to be followed on Feb. 19 by a symposium on its significance.Michael Dillane in the“Man of Aran.”“A Night of Storytelling” is part of a retrospective series at HFA, “The Lost Worlds of Robert Flaherty.” It starts Friday with “Nanook of the North,” the 79-minute product of Flaherty’s yearlong stay among the Inuit in Northern Quebec, where he cast locals to play a fictitious family at work and play. He hired other Inuit to be his film crew.“Nanook” has all the elements of a Flaherty film. The drama comes from a stark portrait of man against nature; the focus comes from a family unit that is fictitious, but plays out real life — with real life often altered to portray an earlier time. Flaherty, the father of the modern documentary, has gained praise for his roughing-it style, but criticism for mixing fiction and fact.The locals cast as actors in the Samoa-shot “Moana” (1926) had been wearing Western clothing for generations. But in the film, to be screened Feb. 20, the women went topless and everyone wore traditional skirts of tapa grass. A tattooing ceremony, the film’s central illustration of male initiation, was staged. The ritual was a thing of the past, and the actor who was painfully tattooed on screen had to be compensated handsomely.Still, “Moana” was first to inspire the use of “documentary” as it applied to cinema, in a Feb. 8, 1926, review in the New York Sun by John Grierson, a filmmaker and Flaherty’s friend. But Grierson cautioned the director in a letter to set aside exotic locales in favor of recording domestic travail; “the drama is on your doorstep,” he wrote.In “Man of Aran,” set for Feb. 15, locals played themselves on the three islands on the west coast of Ireland that Flaherty called “wastes of rock.” They harvested seaweed for soil and plucked giant turtles from the sea. But the film’s dramatic focal point, hunting sharks from small open boats, had not been practiced in the region for generations. Flaherty had to hire Scottish fishermen to give lessons on how it was done.As a cinematic poet of landscape (Orson Welles compared him to Henry David Thoreau), Flaherty proved his worth by braving the Canadian Arctic, among what he called the “illimitable spaces which top the world.” On the same note, he made the crashing seas of “Aran” as much a part of the cast as the locals who play the father, mother, and child.The HFA series includes Flaherty’s last film, “Louisiana Story” (1948). It eulogizes the lush landscape of the bayou, but also acknowledges the beauty of machinery at work — the pistons and drill bits and derricks of oil exploration.The movie, commissioned by Standard Oil Company, was intended to make peace between what critic Leo Marx called the two central tensions in American culture: the machine and the garden. “Louisiana Story” failed in that aim. But it succeeded in imparting what was Flaherty’s central magic from 1922 on: real people, untrained as actors, playing versions of themselves.“Folklore and Flaherty: A Symposium on the First Irish-Language Film” will be held on Feb. 19 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Harvard Film Archive.last_img read more

Leading Chinese tour operators visiting Croatia

first_imgOrganized by Atlas and Emirates, one of the world’s largest airlines, and with the support of the Croatian Tourist Board and the Tourist Boards of Zagreb, Istria, Rovinj and Central Dalmatia, representatives of leading Chinese tour operators are staying in Croatia from October 15 to 20. The aim of the study trip is to present the Croatian tourist offer and attract a larger number of guests from this market with great potential.Thus, during the five-day stay, the representatives of the leading Chinese tour operators had the opportunity to visit tourist attractions in the area of ​​Zagreb, Istria and Split. On the trip, they were absolutely delighted by the natural beauty, and especially emphasize the color of the sky, the quality of food, even those in a Chinese restaurant in Zagreb, which, according to participants, does not lag behind those in China. The meaningful program began with a stay in Zagreb and a tour of the capital, and continued through Plitvice. After visiting the destinations in Istria – Porec, Rovinj and Pula, the meaningful tour ended with getting to know Split. The meeting already resulted in concrete inquiries during the trip, so the first MICE group has already been agreed, which will arrive in Croatia for the congress in December.The number of Chinese tourists in Croatia is recording high growth rates, and in the first 8 months of this year their number exceeded the entire previous year. The number one world traveler spends an average of 750 euros on a trip, and the main motive for their arrival is sightseeing of natural phenomena and cultural sights, so it is not surprising that they stay in one destination for an average of 2 to 3 nights. Emirates direct flights to Dubai certainly open up new opportunities for further growth. Thus, travel from Shanghai and Beijing is now more accessible to passengers, with only one stop in Dubai.Minister Cappelli hosted a delegation of travel agents from the People’s Republic of ChinaMinister Cappelli met with representatives of leading travel agencies in China, the President of the Management Board of Atlas dd and Adriatica.net, and representatives of the Emirates airline in Croatia.The meeting was held on the occasion of a study trip of travel agents from China, which aimed to bring Croatia closer and present the tourist potential of the Chinese market. Delighted by the beauties of Croatia, the purity of the air and the untouched nature, the representatives of travel agencies pointed out that there is great interest in visiting Croatia in China and that it is necessary to work even more intensively on promoting Croatia in their country.On that occasion, Minister Cappelli said that Croatia recorded a 50 percent increase in the number of visitors from China this tourist year and hoped that the recent opening of the Croatian Tourist Board in Beijing and continued investment in promoting Croatia on the Chinese market would lead to even stronger arrivals. Minister Cappelli further emphasized that the positioning of Croatia as a quality air destination and even better air connections with Asian countries will further contribute to the growth of arrivals.Until October 20 this year, more than 143 guests from China visited Croatia, who realized 213.338 overnight stays, ie 57 percent more in arrivals and 49 percent more overnight stays compared to the same period last year. Among the most visited destinations they visited in the mentioned period are Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split and the Plitvice Lakes National Park.last_img read more

Authorities rush to finish prepping Jakarta’s Sebaru island for ‘quarantine v.2’

first_imgIndonesian authorities are moving fast to ensure that the facilities on Sebaru Kecil Island are finished for observing the evacuees from the World Dream cruise ship in Hong Kong, which was released from quarantine on Feb. 9.The World Dream crewmen had already tested negative during their quarantine in Hong Kong, but authorities are taking no chances amid concerns over the increasing spread of the novel coronavirus outside China.The uninhabited island, which is part of the Thousand Islands archipelagic regency of Jakarta, will be “home” for 188 Indonesian nationals who arrived on Wednesday afternoon to start their 14 days of observation.The newly refurbished facilities were inspected on Thursday by the joint team managing the quarantine, comprising personnel from the Office of the Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister, the Health Ministry, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police.Read also: BNPB promises better facilities for quarantined World Dream crew membersThe necessary medical and security equipment were shipped on Wednesday from Jakarta aboard the TNI’s KRI Banda Aceh and unloaded on Sebaru early Thursday. The TNI also provided a helicopter in the case of emergencies.More than 760 personnel from the TNI and the BNPB, as well as a medical team from the Health Ministry, have been deployed to Sebaru for the 14-day observation protocol as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).Marine Corps soldiers walked after the Indonesian Humanitarian Relief Task Force Ceremony on Sebaru Island in Mako Kolinlamil, Jakarta, Wednesday (02/26/2020). A total of 195 personnel of the Integrated Joint Task Command (Kogasgabpad) consisting of TNI-Polri, BNPB, Ministry of Health, and Seribu Islands Regency government officials were seconded to handle the observation of 188 Indonesian citizens from ABK World Dream on Sebaru Island. (Antara/M Risyal Hidayat)“We are already 85 percent ready. What remains are the supporting facilities,” TNI commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto said in a  media statement from the BNPB released on Thursday.On inspecting the team’s progress, Hadi instructed that all preparations be finished before 8 a.m. on Friday.The crewmen were transferred at sea to the Navy’s Dr. Soeharso Hospital Ship on Wednesday afternoon in the Durian Strait of Karimun regency, Riau Islands province, and then directly transported to Sebaru island.Read also: Navy quarantines 188 Indonesian World Dream crew members in JakartaBNPB logistics and equipment director Rustian emphasized that the facilities for Indonesia’s “second edition” of quarantine on Sebaru were better than that provided in Natuna for the first group of 238 evacuees from Hubei.Sebaru Kecil Island was once the site of a drug rehabilitation center, and retains most of the center’s structural facilities.Activities on Sebaru Kecil Island in the Thousand Islands, Jakarta, Monday (2/26/2020). The island will be the site of observation for 188 WNI ABK World Dream. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)The island had eight well-maintained buildings that were being repurposed for the quarantine, said Rustian. Isolation rooms and health posts were also being prepared.The evacuated World Dream crewmen would take up residence in the main building, which had been modified for use as an observation center, Rustian said, who added that men and women would stay in separate buildings.“Sebaru island is a home. There are decent bedrooms, all necessary facilities and is generally much better than Natuna. It can accommodate around 200 people,” he said. (syk)Topics :last_img read more

Dakar’s 2022 Youth Olympics postponed until 2026

first_img“The IOC and Senegal understand that this news will be disappointing for many young athletes. Both parties can only appeal to their understanding,” it added.IOC chief Thomas Bach thanked Senegal president President Macky Sall for their “exceptional relationship of trust and quality”.”I am sure that, together, we will organize fantastic Youth Olympic Games Dakar 2026 for Senegal, the entire African continent and all the young athletes of the world,” Bach said.The four-year delay was ratified by the IOC on the fist day of its conference moved from its intended location in Tokyo to video link. The 2022 Youth Olympic Games in Dakar will now take place instead in 2026, the IOC and hosts Senegal announced on Wednesday.The four-year delay was forced by the global health crisis generated by coronavirus, and the holding back by a year of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and a slew of other major international sporting competitions.”The postponement of Dakar 2022 allows the IOC, the National Olympic Committees and the International Federations to better plan their activities, which have been strongly affected by the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020,” read a joint statement issued by Olympic rulers the IOC and Senegal. “I take this opportunity to reaffirm my confidence in the Executive Board and welcome the commitment of its teams, working side by side with us, to make Dakar 2026, the first Olympic event in Africa, a successful and memorable occasion,” said President Sall.Singapore held the inaugural Summer Youth Games in 2010.  center_img Topics :last_img read more