Arab Spring is about the awakening of people globally that is urgently needed at this time where we are in the midst of a mass extinction, where the perpetuation of genocide and wars continue to sequester supposedly 'precious' resources. It is a call for peace and freedom from this tyranny.
It is in honour of the Arab people and their culture, their renaissance. It is in honour of the courageous force of revolution in the name of truth, freedom and equality that moves through many cultures and sub-cultures at this point in time as seen in the Spanish Revolution, Tibet, Occupy, Brazil, Greece.
The film itself portrays through the central character Nadine and real cellphone video footage from the Arab uprisings a depiction of a process awakening to what is happening globally, a sensitivity to the delicate ecology of the planet, a sensitivity to the uprising in the middle east. In the end it is a prayer, a call to prayer in new and democratic way.
The musical tapestry of New Zealander Jono Heyes’s debut album Le Fisherboy (due early 2015) is a real eye opener for world music lovers. A unique blend that embodies the raw duende of flamenco, the rhythmic syncopation of West Africa, the modal depth of arabian North Africa and the subtle and playful grooves of South America. Heyes’s lyrics are direct, poetic and political aiming at the global, environmental and social issues we currently face. Above all it is imbued with a sense of urgency and a voice of many cultures.