Green Dream is an author documentary that contemplates nature's place within the city.
Maia Iotzova takes the viewer on a journey from the wild fields of Sofia, Bulgaria to the manicured parks of Vancouver, Canada and, finally, to a community-managed park (Le Champ des Possibles) in Montreal. Observing the cities where she has lived, the filmmaker tries to piece together the urban and the wild, two realities that have traditionally been seen as opposites.
Green Dream is also a film about maturing as a person and living with one's roots spread between different cultures. The film takes some surprising turns as the author questions her own relationship with nature and tries to reconcile the conflicting cultural approaches that people have towards the green spaces around her.
Women’s Day is one of those days that I grew up celebrating. In Bulgaria every woman would get a flower and we would not be tested in school on that day. Over the years I have gone through different stages of how I felt about receiving flowers. I felt that it was insensitive and wasteful to pick them so I asked people not to give me cut flowers. In the recent past I decided to be a bit more flexible and rejoice in this ritual again, as a friend put it to me, flowers like being picked and enjoyed.
Today, I was thinking of how nice it is to receive flowers and that women should receive flowers every day. There is something about being a woman that is so intrinsically linked to a flower, its gentleness and beauty, which spontaneously warms our hearts.
Female beauty is like that. But this beauty is somehow lost today, a beauty that even women do not cherish. It is a beauty that has nothing to do the established standard of glamor, or with stereotypes of being a girly girl, a tom boy, butch, femme, or even being sexy. It is not fake niceness, or a please everyone attitude. A flower pleases simply by being what it is, it does not need to go out of its way, nor does it need to act strong or prove anything. A flower awakens our natural sweetness. Why are we denying ourselves that beauty? Maybe we forgot its true power.
Loving gentleness is the most powerful catalyst for growth and transformation. To allow something to grow is only possible if you are gentle. I do not have kids, but I think any mother would know what I am talking about. Any long term sustainable process requires infinite amounts of patience, persistence and gentleness. I have realized that about my film and with my own personal growth. The minute I force it, I block it.
I think most of you would agree with me, that our world and society is sick. We can see that sickness reflected in our relationship with nature and in all the problems resulted from our separation from it. I think to build a new world each one of us will have to get to the bottom of our own wounds and heal them. Each one will have to heal the separation from our very own part of nature, our body. To heal that we will need to utilize in full force our loving and gentle power.
Maybe this Women’s day, it is a time for all of us to get a flower.
This is a 3 minute video, in which I pitch my project Green Dream. I used this video to enter an on-line pitching competition. If my video is voted for, I will get the chance to present my project in person. This will give me the chance to win the money I need for finishing my feature auteur documentary Green Dream.
Please take a few minutes to look at my pitch, read my statement, and if your heart desires vote for it. You can do that by visiting: cubanhat.tv/green-dream/
and keep on creating,
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A teaser from my documentary in progress called Green Dream.
Perhaps this is a film about a grown woman and a little girl who live between two different worlds of reality and dreams, wilderness and culture, order and chaos, short grass and tall grass.
And perhaps this film tries to unite these separate worlds through the delicate power of love.
But most of all, this is a film about about a woman who tries to realize her dream.
Green Dream is a feature length auteur film. The story follows Maia Iotzova trying to create her dream, a playful and poetic exploration of our everyday relationship with nature. The story is told mainly through the images that she films in her everyday life, and is weaved together with her narration about her personal experience of nature, and of the difficulties of creating her dream film.
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I went to the Imagine exhibition for my b-day. I immersed myself in the art and started taking pictures with my cell phone just for my own notes. But soon realized that the low quality dreamy look of the cell phone pictures captured the essence of the exhibition.
This is the resulting photo essay of my day out.