The perception of the disabled community has somewhat changed through films released in the past few years. From the French comedy-drama film The Intouchables (nominated for eight César Awards in 2012), which tells the story of a rich man who becomes quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, and decides to hire a young man from the projects to […]
After three days in Singapore, another continent comes to a wrap. Over two months into novelty grounds, Asian boundaries now delimit the past, leaving rich cultural and social remarks. There were no tears, nor memories flashing before the eyes as the airplane’s shadow speedily covered the land below; yet, sadness certainly eclipsed a mixture of feelings. Enlightening conversations, astute people, invaluable work: the experience in Asia provided an opportunity to meet modern heroes; people who battle economical and social issues and find inspiration to seek improvements on personal and communal levels; people who refuse to be victims of the circumstances.
Traveling from Indonesia to Singapore, cultural changes are the least perceivable discrepancies. Just like being catapulted into the future, this small Asian country has effectively developed a strong economy and created an empire of efficient public transportation, impeccably clean streets, state-of-the-art buildings, numerous shopping venues, and an overwhelming sense of alienation. Progressive or delusive, quite possibly not the future I envision. Can you see it?