on Netflix about a month ago.  I realized after a few minutes I’d seen it before, but completely forgot what happened in it.  I am most certainly a ‘big picture’ person.  Details escape me.  I have a hard time remembering details of conversations, books I’ve read, or film’s I’ve seen.

This documentary was well done and very powerful.  It’s a film by Kurt Kuenne called “Dear Zachary: A Letter To A Son About His Father”.  The filmmaker’s best friend was murdered by his girlfriend, and she turned up pregnant.  Kuenne decided to make a film for the boy so he would know about his father.

I highly recommend.  It will move you.

Dear Zachary DVD


GEMS Girls


It’s called “Very Young Girls“, and watching it made me very passionate about the real phenomenon in our country (and elsewhere) of child prostitution. So many times a young girl comes from a difficult home situation, and she’ll be stopped on the street, perhaps by a young man she knows, and he’ll offer a ride, or a meal, or anything to get her in the car. He treats her like a princess and seduces her. She falls in love (what 13 year old would’t?) 

Then, he starts prodding her to earn her keep out on the street. Prodding probably isn’t the best word. He rapes her, abuses her verbally and physically until she complies.

****The average age a prostitute starts this is 13!!**** They never have a chance to learn how to be independent and self sufficient. Their self esteems are blown.

A former “girl”, Rachel Lloyd,  started an organization called GEMS Girls.  They provide a free place for these girls to live, for however long it is necessary, job skills training, therapy. They help these girls empower themselves.   This whiz-bang woman has received the UN Ashoka Fellowship.

You can watch the film on-line on Netflix. You can become involved by joining the Council of Daughters. Now Martha B, a staff member who was a GEMS girl, Sinead O’Connor & Mary J. Blige have collaborated on a song, “This Is To Mother You.” It is beautiful, and can be purchased on itunes.  You can hear a clip of it on the GEMS Girls website.  Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt also covered this song on their album “Western Wall – The Tuscon Sessions”, which I happen to have, and it also beautiful.

If you do nothing more than purchase this song you will have helped GEMS Girls. They succeed with what they are doing.  Sometimes the bond between a “girl” and her pimp is too strong. It’s like domestic violence, when women have a hard time leaving. Before the violence there was love, at least in the girls’ and women’s eyes, and they love this person, despite the chaos in their lives. And it’s all they know.  But a great number of these girls are able to escape a hellish life, and become the nurtured  person every girl (or boy) should become.

Thanks for reading this, and please Click on the links and watch the trailer for the movie, listen to a clip of the song and learn more about Rachel and GEMS Girls.

Grey Gardens


Whenever a film is made about true events or people, I check to see if there is a documentary, and there was for this film.  It was made by none other than the great Maysles brothers, Albert & David.  Just finished watching this and it was interesting.  Unfortunately I was distracted by something with my family today and I couldn’t enjoy it as I might have.  I’m trying to digest something huge, which I found out about at 5:36pm.  I’m trying to get to a positive place with it.  

Regarding Grey Gardens, I’m sure the recent film starring Jessica Lange & Drew Barrymore was much more stylish, but this documentary was very authentic.  I was also distracted by researching these women on the internet, while watching the documentary..  I should probably watch it again, but I doubt I will.  I pretty much have the scoop now!  I recommend watching it.  It is an interesting study in, extreme eccentricity, at least.