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Between Two Worlds: A Japanese Pilgrimage

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etween Two Worlds: A Japanese Pilgrimage’ was created by the American documentary makers, Joanne Hershfield and Susan Caperna Lloyd. In 1992 the two film makers headed out to the Japanese island of Shikoku just off the south coast of the main island to document an ancient Buddhist pilgrimage. The pilgrimage known as the Shikoku Buddhist pilgrimage follows the path of enlightenment for Kobo Daish, a local Bodhisattva. In doing so pilgrims visit 88 temples and shrines located around the island, which can take up to two months to complete by foot. The film makers looked to document the modern pilgrimage, the pilgrims reason for participating in the journey and what they hoped to receive from the journey. Joanne and Susan also observe the effects of modern Japanese society on the pilgrimage.

More videos on Japan:

1. Soul of the Samurai

2. Pyramids in Japan

3. Tokyo city guide

4. Japanorama

5. Rising Sun Japan

Extreme pigrimage

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ete Owen-Jones, a vicar in a Sussex parish, is dissatisfied with some aspects of his faith and sets off on three extreme pilgrimages to China, India and Egypt to explore Zen Buddhism, Hinduism and ascetic Christianity. Pete feels that the Church of England is too much a faith of the head, and not enough a faith of the soul, the heart or even the body. He now sets off on a quest in search of a more physical and mystical path to enlightment. Pete says: “What I’m looking for is a spirituality that is absent from western Christianity. A spirituality I know exists in the extremes of world religions. “I hope to enter worlds where rule book and doctrine are replaced by an individual relationship with God and where the attainment of enlightenment is won by hardship, privation and pain. I have to become an extreme pilgrim.” Pete travels to India and joins the Mela, the huge Hindu pilgrimage that draws to the Ganges.Pete meets a Guru who agrees to take him under his wing and teach him how to become a Sadhu – an Indian holy man. He then sets off on a journey across northern India to the mountains in search of the Hindu road to spiritual bliss.

Verdronken vlinder

Om te leven dacht ik je zou een vlinder moeten zijn

Om te vliegen heel ver weg van alle leven, alle pijn….

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The Great British Sunday

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look at the things considered synonymous with a traditional British Sunday. Comedian Sean Lock looks at what Sundays always meant to him – from hangovers to Jack Hargreaves, from Sunday school and stately homes to utter boredom. Sean Lock knows more about how Sundays used to be than most of us. Now he’s got the chance to share it.

Sean Lock (born 22 April 1963) is an English comedian and writer. Born near Woking, Surrey, in Chertsey, he began his career in comedy as a stand up comedian. He won the British Comedy Award in 2000 in the category of Best Live Comic, and was nominated for the Perrier Comedy Award. He is also well known for his appearances on television and radio. He has also written material for such comics as Bill Bailey, Lee Evans and Mark Lamarr.

In 2005 he became a regular team captain on the panel game 8 Out of 10 Cats, which returns for a sixth series in June 2008, and has also appeared on the comedy quiz programme QI. He has also appeared on Have I Got News for You, both as a guest and a presenter. Lock also appeared on Room 101, where he argued to put Jeremy Clarkson into the room (although he has appeared on QI with Clarkson).

In spring 2006, he hosted his own entertainment show on Channel 4 called TV Heaven, Telly Hell (the second series of which began production in November 2006), and has also guested on the World Cup special edition of They Think It’s All Over.

Lock also appeared in the Johnny Vaughan and Ed Allen series Top Buzzer, took part in an episode of the BBC Radio 4 panel game The 99p Challenge and still gigs regularly.

Paul Cézanne in Provence

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new high-definition television documentary, Cezanne in Provence, explores the deep connection between post-impressionist master Paul Cezanne , credited by many as the father of modern art , and his native Provence, illuminating how the region and its history fostered the painter’s genius. Featuring footage of some of the same locales made timeless by Cezanne and his work, Cezanne in Provence was inspired by the major international exhibition of the same name. The program is narrated by Jacqueline Bisset.

Offering expert commentary in the film, the National Gallery of Arts senior curator for European paintings and curator of French paintings provides insights into Cezanne’s work and discusses formative influences. Cézanne in Provence also delves into the artist’s life in the South of France, from his birth in 1839, through a vital and intensely creative adulthood, to his death in 1906 , one hundred years ago.

The film highlights Provencal locations that were pivotal in Cezanne’s life, among them his family’s imposing country estate, the Jas de Bouffan, a fundamental presence in his memory and development; as well as the Bibémus quarry, depicted in evocative paintings of great power; and the Atelier des Lauves, the mountaintop studio Cezanne built to afford himself stunning views of his beloved Montagne Sainte-Victoire, which many consider his signature motif.

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