Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you are forced (without a choice) to do something that your heart and mind tells you not to? Have you ever been torn between your passions and your family’s expectations? These two dilemmas and very real issues came across so profoundly in a film trailer I watched that I had to write more than one review for it. The Forbidden Note is a British Indie Film which captures the emotions, struggle and deep love felt by two people who cannot bare to be without each other.
‘Cosmo, a South African pianist falls in love with Sakeena a British Muslim ballerina, who is forced into an arranged marriage by her abusive radicalised Uncle. Through their struggle, Cosmo tries to show that the power of love, is far more important than the love for power’.
We are lead to believe that we are living in the age of the freedom to choose and live as we see fit but this heart-wrenching tale of forbidden love gives us a glimpse of the reality for many young people in the western world…believe it or not. Independent film makers are a rare breed, creators of visions that provoke and make us think how lucky we are and Callum Andrew Johnston has, with respect, written and directed a story which is familiar, authentic and powerful.
Callum will tell you that the film making journey from start to finish was not without its ups and downs but his own passion for the delicate subject matter of the film gave him the strength to see it though. Now, there is a new journey ahead of him; distribution. We can all see this beautifully crafted Indie Film but we need your help. I’m not the kind of person to ask for anything, I have a stubborn, I can do it alone streak but this isn’t about me, it’s about Callum after getting to know him and the hopes he has for his sincere piece of work. If you could give The Forbidden Note a few minutes of your time, it would mean the world, if we can hit 100k YouTube views we will all have the opportunity to see The Forbidden Note on our screens.
I would like to add that The Forbidden Note was selected and shown at the Cannes Film Festival this year to great reviews. A truly worthy film will evoke emotions you were not expecting to pour out of you; tears of joy or tears of sorrow? There is only one way to find out.
© Michelle Sotiriou 2015
Thank you, Michelle x
On your daily Google search, do you find thought-provoking quotes harder to come by? I’ve struggled to find ones that either make me giggle or think, “Nice one”!! So when I do discover what I see as a gem, I become quite giddy with ideas, planning my next blog post to pay homage to a few words that gave me a eureka moment. My most recent find was this, ‘Choose your lady wisely. She represents you.’
I was poised to write about how men see a lady, how men choose this vision in their minds to walk down the aisle, the red carpet or the garden path if she isn’t a lady in his eyes. After a very chatty ladies lunch (because even ladies love to eat) and after a belly full of fish n chips I decided to flip this quote and give it a makeover, if you will. ‘Choose your gentleman wisely. He represents you’.
Honestly, I nearly choked on my chips after hearing of un-gentlemanly methods used and of course, the question of do we attract them popped up like the pesky peas on my plate. Maybe the law of attraction is part of it but as I have written before, this only serves to make us look inside ourselves to take responsibility. I call this the law of letting someone else off, free, so they can do it again to someone else.
It is so important and healthy in any relationship for both to look at themselves, without ego, to change what isn’t working and most importantly to stop making someone feel like they are worthless. This has nothing to do with any law, quote or psalm but has everything to do with common sense and manners.
If he is treating you less like a lady and more like a doormat, do you think it’s ok for his feet to dirty your spirit? If she isn’t treating you like the gentleman you are, or are striving to be, why have the headache, why be close to someone who will embarrass you and make your efforts appear laughable?
What was interesting to me as we got to the profiteroles, was hearing how people who hurt you once have been allowed to creep back in. I have to say that the responsibility does fall on the person who re-opened the door. One of my friends always says, “Send them love and light”, I do, I send them love and enough light so they can see their way out! It can take a lot for me to see the light but when I do, there is no going back and I never have.
If someone has the ability to make you feel small, ashamed and wields their choice weapon of harsh words or actions intending to sabotage the hard work you have put into yourself, how can they be a true representation of you and why would you want them to be?
© Michelle Sotiriou 2015