Selah Selam made it through to the finals of the Near Nazareth Festival in Israel, receiving an award for “Strengthening Friendship and Understanding Between Nations.”
Note to Selah: Congrats again, my likeable one! You certainly achieved your goal. And I wish you and Ginny, Heather and Winston, and Viv and the guys all the best for the holidays. BTW, how is the poetry coming along?
Selah’s Reply: Ginny has me putting together song lyrics, but I’m no Lauryn Hill:
How will you see the next cycle of the moon? / Half full or half empty, diminishing from view? / The light is leaving us — but coming back soon.
Where will you be, the next trip around the sun? / In a faraway place? A step closer to someone? / The universe is shaping us — its work is not done.
Selah Selam was recently chosen by Fernleif Productions for its 2017 Back in the Box Competition. Back in the Box is a screenwriter’s screenwriter’s contest, with the list of finalists including winners from many previous festivals this year.
This year’s Near Nazareth Film Festival, directed by Lilia Berman, will be held December 13-17 in Afula, Israel. The event features the work of filmmakers and writers from seventy countries.
Note to Selah: This is one festival which is not all about winning. It accepts entries from all cultures, in all languages, and its mission is “to strengthen mutual understanding and friendship between the peoples of the world.” Selah’s reply: I think you are starting to get it, Dr. M.
Selah Selam is an Official Selection to the 5th Annual STEPS International Short Film Festival in the Syrian Arab Republic. The festival, directed by Majd Younes Ahmad, will be held March 4 in Latakia.
Note to Selah: It seems like a good sign that you will be bringing a message of peace to festivals in Syria and Israel at the same time, given the current tensions on the border. But please be careful!
Selah’s reply: I will. And thanks for the book of Rumi poems you sent! I like this one: “Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged.”