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Monday Movie Meme – The Bug Out Stash for National Preparedness Month

A military couple load their emergency kit on their patio. FEMA/Zachary KittrieAs you may know, September is National Preparedness Month and the perfect time to take inventory of our readiness skills for dealing with emergencies. Do you have an evacuation plan? Have you practiced the plan to test its level of effectiveness? How about a 72-hour emergency kit – did you build one yet? That’s what the theme for this week’s Monday Movie Meme is all about: Bugging out.

A Bug out Bag contains all of the essentials you need, plus some additional supplies, to survive for a minimum of three days if you are forced to leave your location. So this week I invite you to join me in highlighting some film characters who packed gear that was crucial to their survival during one or more scenes. Share on your blog, or in the comments section, movies featuring people who pack survival items in their travel bags.

Here are my selections of films that fit this mold, based on the Graywolf’s sixteen plus categories of contents essential to your surviving an emergency situation.

Most Essential Survival Contents

Sam packed a bag of bread (or are they crackers? Whatever it is, the item sure makes a lot of crumbs!) for his and Frodo’s trip in "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King." This takes care of the nurishment needs for these two hobbits...until Gollum sabotages their food supply, turning best friends against each other, or rather, making Frodo get all monstrous on Sam. Case in point: Hungry people tend to get volatile quickly.

Next Most Essential Survival Contents

Danny has the weapons/security thing down when sneaking into a military tent to pack a go bag, or sorts, for his and Solomon’s trek through a war torn area in "Blood Diamond."

Additional Survival Equipment

We could argue that Aaron Ralston’s video camera was a useful and much needed comfort item in "127 Hours," yes? After all, it helped address the issue of boredom while also lifting his morale, even if only briefly, while he was trapped under that boulder in the canyon. I am sure there are better, more important types of electronics and comfort items that also weigh much less than a camera to pack in one’s Bug out Bag. However, given that this is one of the few movies that came to mind when thinking of backpacks and survival gear, “127 Hours” makes my list for the purpose of this week’s Monday Movie Meme.

What movies featuring people who packed essential survival gear would YOU add to this list?

In the last six months, how much priority did YOU place on taking steps to become better prepared for when an emergency or disaster strikes?


A Netflix Recommendation Made Possible by Womens' Execution in the Name of Honor

In preparation for today’s global conversation on Human Rights, hosted by Blog Action Day 2013, I’ve adjusted my movie rental queue, to include the Turkish film “Bliss” (Originally titled “Mutluuk”) and recommend that you join me in watching it. Directed by Abdullah Oguz, this road-trip drama is about the self-discovery of two people struggling with brutal cultural norms -- a teenage girl who gets shunned by her village, following a rape – and the captor tasked with her community-sanctioned execution.

This girl’s family hires a military veteran to take her to Istanbul and kill her for dishonoring them – according to the value system of their village.

When the man decides to spare her life, they both end up on the run; he struggles between the brutal beliefs taught to him and those of his worldly experiences as a soldier while she attempts to prove her worth. If it were not for the recommendation from screenwriter Mark Hughes at Forbes Magazine, who calls this movie “Magnificent…one of the best films available to ‘Watch Instantly’ on Netflix,” I likely would have never heard of “Bliss.”Of all the tens of thousands (or more) films made every year, I’m both surprised and a little disappointed that there aren’t as many well-known movies featuring stories about honor killings as there are for other human rights issues such as child abuse, genocide and domestic violence.

In just 60 seconds, you and I could easily identify a large number of films about human rights – “Schindler’s List,” “The Battle of Algiers,” “Gladiator,” “Blood Diamond,” “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” the newly released “12 Years a Slave” and the list goes on. Few of us, however, can do the same when it comes to movies about honor killings. That changes today, as I plan to watch “Bliss,” to honor the girls and women slain at the hands of their family and/or friends.

I will watch “Bliss” in memory of Noor Almalecki, a high school tennis player from Arizona that I read about while browsing a 2010 issue of Marie Claire. After Noor’s family immigrated to the U.S. from Iraq, they (particularly her father Faleh Almalecki, according to reports) condemned her for being “too westernized” -- wearing jeans and socializing with boys, to name a few of their disagreements with the way this girl assimilated into Western culture. During a family trip to Iraq she learned of her parents’ plans for an arranged marriage but they returned to the states, where things went from bad to worse.

Noor’s home life eventually became so volatile that she moved out, got a job and sought a restraining order on her father. That did not stop him from running her down with his SUV in 2009. After being hospitalized and pronounced brain dead, Noor Almalecki took her last breath that same year.

I will also watch “Bliss” to remember teenager Laura Wilson, who was stabbed by her 17 year-old boyfriend in Britain for “shaming” his family. He has shown no remorse since being convicted for the murder, according to Laura’s mother, Margaret Wilson.

Here in the states, law enforcement agencies treat crimes like what happened to Noor as a Domestic Violence issue. While I understand how these acts fit that bill, we must consider the complexities that come with immigration; as well as the disruption that inhumane cultural traditions cause within households across the nation (and abroad), and address the needs of these matters as such.

The families and communities that support, defend and even nurture a culture with an ongoing tradition of murder, harassment and assault on women don’t see these acts as a crime. They see it as a necessary step in preserving their honor among the entire community at large. So, in a culture where honor killings thrive without consequence, the murder of girls like Noor and Laura is much bigger than Domestic Violence.

The Government shutdown is affecting shelters and programs that help girls and women who are in danger of harm by their families and/or significant others. These programs depend on funding from the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (which is part of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act) that expired in 2008 and was restored in 2010.

It is also said in news reports concerning honor killings that suicide rates are high among women who feel like they have nowhere to turn – or no way out from circumstances that place more value on controlling women’s behavior through merciless codes of conduct, than that of human life. So as my “Bliss” movie night arrives, here’s hoping that October 16th, 2013 will be the day that more people take an interest in supporting initiatives that save women at risk of being put to death just so their families can keep an inhumane tradition alive. The irony of that is heartbreaking enough. 

What Human Rights issues do YOU find to be most important?

Have YOU ever volunteered, signed petitions, raised funds, donated goods/services or participated in related actions to bring awareness to a particular cause for concern? 

Here are some further viewing options with additional information about honor killing crimes in the U.S. and Abroad:

CBS aired an episode of 48 Hours: Mystery titled "A Family's Honor" based on the Marie Claire article about Noore Almalecki - WATCH IT HERE.

Fox News aired a special about honor killings, titled "Murder in the Family" - WATCH PART 1 HERE and WATCH PART 2 HERE.


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Monday Movie Meme - The Worst Offenders in Upper Management 

In honor of Labor Day, the theme for this week’s Monday Movie Meme is inspired by a Washington Post article I read about American workforce statistics. One of the various charts displayed in this article shows the rates of employee engagement among the U.S. working population over the last decade, highlighting a Gallup survey showing that only one in five workers describe themselves as “actively engaged” in their jobs.

Having worked in different retail and office environments myself, I believe that the level of care that employees have for their job performance is oftentimes (though not always) a reflection of the leadership available to them. As such, I wonder how many people among the disengaged labor force are less interested in their jobs because they are working with supervisors or bosses who cause staff to dread coming in, cain’t wait until quitting time and frequently considers calling out sick. That, my lovelies, brings us to the focus of this week’s Monday Movie Meme: People with Poor Upper Management Skills aka The Worst Bosses Ever.

Share on your blog or in the comments section, movies featuring bad examples of upper management in the workplace. The job supervisors in these films cause poor morale among their employees and are long overdue for either an attitude adjustment, sensitivity training, jail time or a new position -- possibly in another field or at a different company. Here are my selections for this week’s The Worst Bosses Ever theme.

Horrible Bosses

A dentist sexually harasses her assistant and blackmails him, in this comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and some other amusing peeps. Talk about, an uncomfortable workplace! No wonder why the poor assistant isn’t exactly anxious to perform at his best.

The Firm

As if practicing law isn’t hard enough, try maintaining your composure at work after realizing the senior partners at the company that once wooed you with lavish perks are now trying to kill you.


Set It Off

Luther, the owner/manager of a janitorial company, constantly belittles, yells at and insults his employees in this crime drama starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett, Vivica Fox and Kimberly Elise.

If he’d stop addressing them as “you Bitches” and start calling them by their names and treating them like human beings, they just might put more effort into separating the recyclables from the garbage, after all.

Happy Labor Day, guys and gals!

What movies have YOU watched that feature the worst people to ever have a position in upper management?