* We had a rough week in the documentary world. We started out nicely by watching a movie version of Eddie Mabo’s story.
Then we moved to “Servant or Slave”. This was an eye-opening documentary about the Stolen Generation and what life was like for them. I highly recommend the dvd however there are ‘mature’ moments.
“War Dance” was the toughest documentary of the week. We almost didn’t watch it as it seemed like it was just a dvd about a bunch of Ugandan children and a music competition. Thank goodness we gave it a chance though. It was a powerful dvd but it was incredibly hard to watch. Sandwiched between moments of joy, music and dance, the children from Northern Uganda told their stories and they were tragic stories of massacre, despair and death. One of the children had been a child soldier. These children stood talking to the audience with tears streaming down their faces. It was heartbreaking. But we’re of the opinion that we must hear their story and we must not turn away from it.
To finish off the week, we watched “Hotel Rwanda”, another devastating African story. So, yes, it’s been an increasingly difficult documentary week. But, at the same time, an important one.
* We’ve also been busy with construction this week. We’re reading the book, “The Art of Construction” and this week’s chapter was about columns and beams. It’s fascinating how strong ordinary paper can be if constructed in the best fashion.
The construction task of the week was to build the frame of a paper house using “I beams” with reinforced webs and flanges.
It took a bit of time but in the end they had a nice little structure.
And it’s an amazingly sturdy little structure. You can place several hardcover books on this thing (provided they rest on the four corners and not merely in the middle of the floor).
The boys also worked on building a bridge using a Knex bridge building kit.
It’s a great little kit which allows you to build all sorts of bridge structures (13 different sorts) and also includes information about each.
Our bridge was an arch over bridge.
* This week, we started reading several new books. Firstly, we started reading “Great Expectations”. What a great book! It’s such a shame that the classics have a generally bad reputation. They are really good books!
We also started reading, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”. This is another great story. It’s set in Malawi and tells the story of an inventive young man. This is the kind of book that inspires its readers.
This final book was weird. Like, totally weird. It was purchased on a whim because it intrigued me and still does but it’s a weird story. Golem is a Jewish legend and it’s believed to have inspired Mary Shelley’s book, “Frankenstein”. Weird but fascinating.
I wonder what next week holds. 🙂