JR-artist

The real name of this artist is unknown. This Frenchman peels the layers of the cities to show the world who lives underneath the layers of doors, concrete buildings or underneath the plastic sheet of roofs. With enormous prints of people and a small message he reveals the suffering women in the favelas of Rio and lets Israeli meet Palestinian people with the same job. 

Open your eyes, look up from your screen, life is live and we must not forget who we have around us. You don’t have to be friends with everyone, but I strongly believe that we have more in common with the people we don’t know (yet) than we first thought. And we should all be acknowledged for being who we are. JR-Artist does that in his way and set up a community that helps you to print many portraits and show the people you think should be seen. 

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My So-Called Enemy

A documentary about understanding your enemy. We see a story through the eyes of 6 young women from Israeli and Palestinian sides of Israel. They go together on a summer camp, not always supported by their parents, to get to know ‘the other behind the wall’. An impactful two weeks where the girls explore questions of ethics and who is really to blame for all of this. When they come back home you see how it has impacted the decisions they make in life. When you know your enemy it gets harder to approve the horrors happening. An Israeli girl serves the army and wants to make change from the inside while a Palestinian girl who first approved the attacks against Jews now became orthodox Muslim and prefers to have no one harmed. Well as long as they are Muslim. 

This documentary got me thinking about the importance of understanding the person you might not like. You do not have to approve the other persons’ ideas but you have to be open to them in order to make decisions based on a respectful ground.