Dear World of Animals (http://www.animalanswers.co.uk/about/ )
My name is Mariam Zafri Kasas and I am a student. I am from Barcelona (Spain), but now Ii am finishing my translation degree at the University of Kent, Canterbury. Although my degree is about translating and interpreting, I am also doing some modules about journalism since it is a matter that I really like. I would like to let you know how interested I am in the subject that you deal with in your magazine. I do really love animals. Actually I have one dog and two cats, and that is the principle reason for why I am vegetarian. I would like to give my point of view about the situation of vegetarian people worldwide.
As I said, I am from Barcelona. I have to say that I am really proud of my city, and now I am even prouder. That is because Barcelona has been declared as the first veg-friendly city in the world. The city council will encourage the production of vegetable products. As a result, it is expected to drop the production of animal products. If statistics come true, this would be an important achievement for people who defend animals. For many people this is just a symbolic gesture, however, for many others, this is a significant gesture that can bring excellent consequences in the future. This project also aims to promote and stimulate vegetarian tourism, which is becoming increasingly important. For many, the goal of this project is to create and promote a healthier lifestyle, a more environmentally ecological way, and protect, in a way, animals life. I thought that, if one city has already done it, why do not motivate other cities to follow the same way? From magazines like World of Animals, a well-known and followed magazine, and many others, it could help contribute to this idea. We should inform readers and all people, especially those involved with the world of animals, that there is the example of Barcelona. And if Barcelona can do it, the other cities, at least, could try in the same vein. In London, for instance, we could promote the idea of making one day veg-friendly per week. It may have followers and perhaps it may have success. Another way to raise awareness of people and show them that this is necessary is to let them see the number of species that are endangered. Perhaps, sometimes it appears on our Facebook page that the x specie has been extinguished. But we do not care because we do not even know that it existed. But we are not aware that this is growing. And they are no longer only species not known, but there are also come species so commonly known because of films and animal documentaries. This is example of the tiger, which has decreased its appearance by 60%, and, also, the mountain gorilla, which could disappear entirely in only 10 years.
In conclusion, there are many ideas that could help the situation of animals in the whole world, especially those ones that are in danger of extinction. However, it is always better to find “cool” solutions that may encourage people. Being a veg-friendly city could be a motivating way for that important first step. From animals’ magazines, documentaries or even in the social networks we have to do a profound job in order to achieve these goals. Moreover, it is important to have an example that shows that it does work, that it is possible to be veg-friendly or to be whatever. It takes a lot of work, persistence, motivation, but above all, it takes willpower.
Production year: 2012
Country: Spain / United States
Directors: Juan Antonio Bayona
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, Tom Holland, Gerladine Chaplin, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast, Marta Etura and Sönke Mönhring.
Naomi Watts and Tom Holland. Taken from: http://culturacolectiva.com/lo-imposible/
In 2004 we all witnessed an unpleasant occurrence that happened in Southeast Asia, when a tsunami hit those lands and killed thousands of people. In this film, Juan Antonio Bayona tried to represent what did occur in the largest natural disaster of all time. Many people described this film, not as a film but as a real experience. The truth is that the director does make us get into it as if we were in that place. Four years of work and 30 million of Euros as budget were needed to bring to the big screen the story of a family caught in the middle of a natural disaster. With large doses of stress and a great physical suffering by the Naomi Watts character, nominated for an Oscar, the film goes into a kind of lethargy to focus its plot on the emotional aspect of their characters. Bayona gets us to believe the miracle that led to this real and, also, scripted story, by a director who has not stopped of receiving compliments since then.
This real story is about a Spanish family, which is settled in Japan, which is spending its new year’s holidays in Thailand. In that 2004, 2 days after their arrival to the Asian country, a tsunami destroyed everything. The mother and his older son can eventually emerge from the water. They are found by native people, who move them to the nearest hospital. The mother, who is really injured and in a dangerous situation, encourages his son to help others in that chaotic hospital. On the other side, the father finds his two sons, all of them alive and in a good condition. However, the he leaves them with a woman in order to be able to look for his wife and his older son. He searches for his familiy in various places before he arrives at the hospital where the mother and the older son are. Finally, the mother survives the surgery, and the next day the family lawyers have an ambulance plane to Singapore to receive additional medical treatment. This fantastic real story has resulted not only the most successful year in the Spanish box office but also the best opening ever in this country. What is even more merit considering the bad times facing the sector, badly wounded after the VAT increase. Possibly the most viewers have not faced a flood or a natural disaster, but certainly they do feel the intimate sense of loss that manages to convey the film, that in an instant everything you have could be taken away. And what you see on screen is a hopeful picture: the family together can overcome everything and get ahead. Bayona could have taken the basis of the true story, and from there, invent a tragic end, or play with imagination and create a different ending. But the objective from the outset has been to convey the idea of a united family, and not to touch anything of the real history. The message is clear: miracles do exist. A special mention deserves the spectacular tsunami recreation of an audiovisual prodigy in which Bayona can show off their talent for staging; you almost have the feeling of the violence water and the blow of objects that hurt the characters.
In conclusion, the realisation triumphs in recreating the catastrophe and physical vicissitudes. Certainly it has a lot of merit to have created ‘The impossible’, since it is an inspired film with really beautiful moments. However, the director could have used more imagination and avoid to base everything in the real story. It is true that the real story is actually very touching, but it is already a story. In some way, Bayona has created nothing; he only has had the idea of representing it in the big screen. Nevertheless, not every film is that successful in countries such as Spain or even the United States so it is impossible to deny his achievements. This is, certainly, a film that the general public of hungry for strong and poignant sensations does like.