By Andrea Gesumaria, Donne Tempo Magazine
Sunny Bergmann, a former Dutch model and mother of two, became worried at the West’s glorification of youth, beauty, and the sometimes dangerous cosmetic procedures that women undergo to look forever beautiful.
The result is her documentary “Over the Hill,” which chronicles her journey to the pop culture capital of the world, LA, to learn more about the cult of youth and beauty and how it impacts Western women.
Video Excerpt from Beperkt Houdbaar. All rights to Sunny Bergman
ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD
In Werner Herzog’s documentary “Encounters at the End of the World,” the German filmmaker follows a team of scientists stationed on Antartica, who live in a climate that the majority of the world never experiences. The film follows the research team as they revel in the wonder of discovering new arctic species, as they cope with the harsh, sub zero temperatures, and as they bond together to survive their icy home.
SEATTLE, WA BUMBERSHOT LITERARY FESTIVAL
The Bumbershot Literary festival of Seattle with feature appearances from Edmund White, the “preemptive gay novelist,” the National Book Award Finalist Josh Farris (“Then We Came to the End”), fiction writer William Gibson (“Spook Country”), among others. The festival, which runs from August 30-September 1 at the Seattle Center, will also feature panels on young adult fiction, the historical novel, office-set fiction, songwriting, a teen-angst poetry contest as well as a haiku competition.
VOX FEMINA SINGS
Photo courtesy of Vox Femina
VOX Femina Los Angeles, a women’s choral group that gives emphasis to female composers, performed “All Aboard Fiesta Bound,” a free concet in Los Angeles, before they head to Mexico to celebrate the art and culture of America with an international audience. They will perform at a joint concert in Mexico City; a concert at Tepotzotlan and Teatro Angela Peralta in San Miguel De Allende; and in the Sala Higinio Ruvalcaba del Ex-Convento del Carmen in Guadalajara
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. MANDELA
Photo courtesy of Nelson Mandela Foundation
Nelson Mandela celebrated his 90th birthday on June 27 with a star-studded concert to raise money for his global AIDS campaign.
Musicians Queen, Annie Lennox, Amy Winehouse, Josh Groban, Leona Luis, Razorlight, and others performed in lOndon’s Hyde Park to honor the former South African presidents 90th Birthday.
Exactly 46,664 tickets- Mandela’s prison number during his 27 year detainment in a South African prison- were sold to the public.
ITS WHAT YOU CARRY
The Midway Museum in Illinois just finished hosting “The Purse and the Person,” an exhibit about how the changing role of women in American history. By displaying the content’s of women’s purses throughout the 20th century, the exhibit reveals the lives, roles, and impact of women in America in recent history. The exhibit is now traveling to Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum, Logan, Kansas: July 20, 2008 through September 28, 2008.
The US Women’s Softball team is traveling the country on the Bound for Beijing Tour, to shore up support for the team as they head to Beijing in August in an atempt to capture a fourth consecutive Olympic gold metal. The tour, which began in January and will culminate on July 26 in Irvine, California, will cover 46 different American cities in 60 games. The players will compete against athletes from Division I and from regional all star teams. For the team schedule, go to www.usasoftball.com
ADVENTURES WITH A PURPOSE
Seattle will host the Adventures in Travel Expo from September 13 to 14. The show, which is co-sponsored by the National Geographic Adventure, will include exhibts from the adventure travel industry, as well as a world stage and travel seminars.Highlighst will include a seminar by Richard Bangs, considered the “Father of Modern Adventure Travel,” called “Adventures with a Purpose: The Quest for the Sublime,” and a Women’s Adventure Travel program.