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Mankind Is No Island

Mankind Is No Island – Tropfest NY 2008

This video – Mankind Is No Island – was sent to me by one of my Facebook friends and I have to say that the message portrayed here is very powerful. It was made entirely on a mobile phone as an entry for Tropfest NY 2008.

Jason van Genderen’s Mankind Is No Island – a 3 ½ minute film, took home the top $20,000 prize in this competition. If you are subscribed in a reader please follow the link to this article in order to view it.


Watching this the first time really moved me. I’d like to know your thoughts and how it makes you feel. Mankind Is No Island and making a difference in someones life that you may not know can really make their day.


13 comments to “Mankind Is No Island”

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  1. Ange,
    Thanks for sharing this.
    As well as being a well considered piece of artwork it also resonantes at a time when the world is in flux.
    We have a tendancy to get to caught up banging on about the government and the bigger issues of religion, environment and finance instead of just looking around at the people in our community. Forgetting to take note of those who live and breath in the very spaces we do.
    When all is done we should never forget still have each other to look after.
    with grace and gratitude,

  2. Hey Suz (my Facebook friend who sent this film to me 🙂 )

    It is a timely message with all that is going on in the world today and we must remember those around us who certainly live and breath in the same space as us.

    Your gratitude is deeply appreciated.

  3. Sean, that is one inspiring post you wrote and I especially love the photo of your dad’s headstone with the words “Dad, I Love You” next to it. It really is something to read and something to think about.
    Thanks for sharing this message my friend.

  4. Ange I sat there and watched that , and began to feel the gratitude for what I have in life . Then tomorrow I will most likely have to listen to someone critisizing the government for how they get treated , as they sit in their air conditioned home watching the cricket on tv.


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  5. Rori Hamilton says: November 16, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. This was brilliantly done. In immensely important statement, filled with humanity and sensitivity.
    I could go on and on and would like to, in fact would like to speak with you about it…I have a reason…I know the story.

    Are there plans to get wide distribution? I hope so…

    It is needed.

    Please contact me at fb or at please be sure to make it clear that you are contacting me regarding this video….thanks and thanks again from the bottom of my heart and soul ? ? and all those who are represented here……

  6. Hi Rori, thank you for your enthusiasm due to the film. Yes it was brilliantly done and needs to be shared. I have sent you an email and found you on Facebook… chat soon!

  7. The great tragedy is: some people truly are hopeless.

    Homelessness will exist as long as there are people willing to help solve the problem. There is a fundamental flaw in that statement. It is true, either way you look at it. Either homelessness will end, and people will not be needed to help solve the problem, or the people willing to solve the problem are making the problem possible.

    The problem is: there has always been, to some degree, those willing to help solve the problem, and there numbers are increasing, as is homelessness. Are the people who try to do the most good, actually causing the most harm? How would you test that? And don’t be biased…

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  8. Very touching and thought provoking. The style that was used to produce this piece kept my attention all the way through to the end. The music and the message went well together. Powerful piece of work.

  9. Beagle Training Advice says: December 31, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    A moving film with beautiful music. Who wrote the music? Thanks to you I am discovering more wonderful talent from TropFest.