Designed for educational and community use as a companion film to This is What Democracy Looks Like, this is one of the first activist films to carefully explain how free trade operates. It does so from the perspective of the Mexican experience with ten years of NAFTA. Activists and scholars authoritatively condemn free trade as a solution to poverty and discuss the impacts on farmers, workers, youth, and immigrants. Shot in Cancún, México on the occasion of the 5th WTO ministerial in September 2003, it contextualizes the growing international resistance to free trade policies.
Music from the streets of Cancún. 2004.
For years I’ve worked to understand how we can be more effective in marketing tango to new people. We all know that most people come to tango initially as a dating alternative. But as Sven Elze of Berlin’s wildly successful Milonga Popular has demonstrated, we have the best chance to resonate with some subset of that group, our own “tribe”.
My tribe is not Sven’s (young art students who like doing drugs in clubs). And it’s not divorcé/es (but most tango organizers are doing a very good job on that one).
My tribe is athletes.
Years ago I noticed that the best Marks I’ve ever trained had martial arts experience. The most relevant physical training for Revels is yoga.
As a yogi myself I yearn to be witnessed and admired for my strength, flexibility, discipline, concentration, and openness. I want social activities where that physicality is relevant – with more boys than yoga classes.
Observing martial artists, I see their well-earned pride in their physical skills. I imagine that martial arts boys would also like to be witnessed and admired for this by girls.
Without a lot of alcohol or small talk.
For years I tried to make a plan of outreach to yogis and martial artists. Last year I met Cédric Tellier, kung-fu master, actor, tango and zouk dancer. The concept for this film unfurled before our eyes. It’s designed to resonate with yogis and martial artists with insider cultural references.
Then an absolute dream team of cinematographers, dancers, and musicians joined with beautiful enthusiasm. I am so grateful for the trust everyone placed in me.
Herewith, is WARRIOR. As you probably know, there are several yoga poses named ‘Warrior’, and martial arts practitioners cultivate a spiritual warriorhood, even if they do not intend to fight anyone.
Developing these disciplined, solitary skills is a kind of warriorhood itself. As is getting through life. I have always believed that partnership would be the reward. Tango offers us the experience of unity through our disciplined bodies.
Yogis and martial artists are the folks I want to be dancing with in 5 years. You too? It so, please help get this film out globally to these tribes.
And please join me in thanking the crew: Cédric Tellier, Fabienne Butt, Jessica Förster, Thomas Conte, Max Thomas, Pez, Ines Catharina, Roberto L’Ange, Fritz Schadow, Sonja Witte, Eva Curtius, Alan Nguyen, Jaina Hirai, Rebecca Rainey, Camilla Fabbri, CJ Yetman.
Music by Abisko Lights