PRESENT Input and Recommendations
April 2020
Franca: Chaos and Creation (IMDB)
Directed by Francesco Carrozzini
View it on Netflix
"You can’t be stingy with dreams.
You have to dream big!"

Fierce, honest, vulnerable, and brave are the words that come to mind when I think of Franca Sozzani, who was the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia from 1988 until her death in 2016.

Directed by her son Francesco Carrozzini, Franca: Chaos and Creation is a very personal and very inspiring documentary about the life and times of a provocateur, pioneer and legend of the fashion-world.
Gert Scobel: NichtDenken
Publisher: Nicolai Verlag
Enlightenment "light" is now available at every corner and app shops. Although this mindfulness boom is a response to an increasing need in our Western world, it is usually no more than a careless version of old cultural techniques from yoga and Buddhism.

Gert Scobel shows that there is more at stake. Namely an enlightened and sustainable society and a changed self. He describes the profound transformation of body, mind and society, which can be summed up in the guiding principle of not thinking.

He develops from it a theory of secular meditation and ethics based on the western and eastern pillars of Enlightenment: Enlightenment and critical thinking as well as wisdom and the practice of awakening, which gave Buddhism its name.

Published by Nicolai Verlag. Also make sure to check out the great YouTube channel of the fantastic Mr. Scobel!
Dolphin Man (IMDB)
Directed by Lefteris Charitos
Dolphin Man is a brilliant documentary about the legendary French diver Jacques Mayol, capturing his compelling journey and immersing viewers into the sensory and transformative experience of free-diving.

From the Mediterranean to Japan and from India to the Bahamas, we meet Mayol's closest friends and family to reveal the portrait of a man who reached the limits of the human body and mind, not just to break records but hoping to discover the deeper affinity between human beings and the sea.

The film weaves together rare film archive from the 1950s onwards, with stunning contemporary underwater photography, to discover how Mayol revolutionized free-diving and brought a new consciousness to our relationship with the sea and our inner-selves.

After you watched the docu: Follow-up with Luc Besson's legendary Le Grand Bleu, the movie version of Mayol's story. Great flick!
The Post-Corona-World (Link)
By Matthias Horx
Futurist Matthias Horx's essay titled 'The Post-Corona-World' is an interesting exercise: instead of looking into the future (a prognosis), he looks from the future back to today (a regnosis). Looking back, what will we be surprised about?

It may all sound a bit too peachy, but he explains why we tend to be overly sceptical of positive outcomes: “When we look into the future, we typically only see the dangers and problems coming towards us that pile up onto insurmountable barriers. That’s why horror futures are always the easiest to depict.”

It’s early to speak about new beginnings; there is a lot more loss to come. But Matthias’ idea of a regnosis might just be the right mindset to help us get through it. (via DD)
Dolemite Is My Name! (IMDB)
Directed by Francesco Carrozzini
View it on Netflix
Dolemite Is My Name! is the true story of the making of the film "Dolemite", starring Eddie Murphy as Ray Moore. This a real story. And it’s a damn good one too.

What made Ray Moore so inspiring: He was pure confidence, but also vulnerable, and open to others about his fears and worries. He invested everything he had into his art, into his favorite unrealized project. And he never stopped believing in himself, even when things got very rough. Inspiring!