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Finding Your Element; "Hannah Arendt"; "Shadow Dancer"; Vietnamese Migration

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ken Robinson’s TED talk on finding your passion is the most-watched of all time, and he talks about how to discover what your talents are and how to nourish them. Director Margarethe von Trotta and actor Barbara Sukowa discuss the new biopic “Hannah Arendt.” Director James Marsh and stars Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough talk about their film, “Shadow Dancer,” about a Northern Irish woman who chooses to spy on her own family rather than go to prison. And we’ll look at the largest mass migration in human history—the more than one million people who left Vietnam by boat between 1975 and 1996.

Ken Robinson on Finding Your Element

Sir Ken Robinson, whose TED talk on finding your passion is the most watched of all time, explains how we can all find self-fulfillment through our natural talents and personal passions. His new book Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Transform Your Life, the follow-up to The Element, serves as a practical guide that helps people find answer the questions: How do I find out what my talents and passions are? What if I love something I’m not good at? What if I’m good at something I don’t love? What if I can’t make a living doing what I most love?

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“Hannah Arendt”

Director Margarethe von Trotta discusses her biopic “Hannah Arendt,” along with Barbara Sukowa, who plays the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt. Arendt’s reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker—controversial both for her portrayal of Eichmann and the Jewish councils—introduced her now-famous concept of the “Banality of Evil.” “Hannah Arendt” opens May 29 at Film Forum.

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“Shadow Dancer”

James Marsh talks about directing “Shadow Dancer,” which stars Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough. The film is set in 1993 and follows a single mother living in Belfast with her mother and hardliner IRA brothers. When she is arrested for her part in an aborted IRA bomb plot in London, an MI5 officer offers her a choice: lose everything and go to prison or return to Belfast to spy on her own family. “Shadow Dancer” opens May 31 at the Landmark Sunshine, and will be available on iTunes and On Demand in June.

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Boat People and the Vietnam Exodus

Carina Hoang, editor of Boat People: Personal Stories from the Vietnamese Exodus 1975-1996, and David Lee and Lala Stein, who are featured in the book, talk about the largest mass migration in modern history, when more than a million people left war-torn Vietnam by boat in search of safety between the years 1975 and 1996. Thousands perished en route. The personal accounts tell of the perilous sea journey, the refugee camps, and the final journey to new adopted homelands.

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