Mary Bee Cuddy in a video combining auditive and visual Americana

I uploaded a video on my YouTubechannel dedicated to Mary Bee Cuddy, the leading female character in The Homesman (USA, 2014), a film directed by Tommy Lee Jones.

Wikipedia tells us: “The film shows the unsparingly harsh and difficult life of early settlers of the American Midwest in the 1850s. The Homesman has been called a ‘feminist western’. Critics have noted that the lives of women during this time are rarely explored, as opposed to men, (…).”

I am impressed by the story of Mary Bee Cuddy (played by Hillary Swank), the courageous and compassionate leading female character in The Homesman.

Except for one, all photos in the video are stills from the film (btw: notice my choice for presenting them in ‘sepia big grain’), and most of them focus on Mary Bee Cuddy. I combine these shots with music by John Adams: Christian Zeal and Activity, as I tend to associate this piece of music with Cuddy’s character and outlook on life. IMHO John Adams‘ music and the stills from The Homesman offer a good combination of auditive and visual Americana. I hope you’ll grasp that unmistakeable Americana-feel as you watch the video.


20th Dec. 2007: debate on multiculturality and development aid with Ruud Lubbers

Minister Ella Vogelaar showing the book ‘Zo zijn onze manieren’ (’On our own terms’) to the pressMinister of State and former Prime Minister dr. Ruud F.M. Lubbers

To my former message concerned with the book ‘Zo zijn onze manieren’ (’On our own terms’), I’d like to add that in relation to this book there will be an interesting debate in Amsterdam on multiculturality and development aid: Unearthing Possible Linkages: Connecting multi-culturality in the West to Development Assistance to the Global South.
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