Blade Runner vs Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049

In the beginning… SPOILERS ALERT !

BLADE RUNNER 1982 – Review

Director/Producer/Filmmaker, Ridley Scott directed the original BLADE RUNNER in 1982, based on Phillip K. Dick’s 1968 novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”

The book and movie raised questions, in regards to our SOUL :

Is it possible to create a soul ?

Will humans become GOD-LIKE, trying to replicate, what our creator has already done ?

Is there a creator ?

What is the reason for having a SOUL ?

Can HUMANS create better creations, then our GOD ?

Will HUMANS mistreat REPLICANTS as slaves to do their dirty work ?

What are the consequences of becoming GOD-LIKE ?

This is far as the movie follows into the actual book, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”

As much as I enjoy Ridley Scott’s creation, “Blade Runner” it was shocking to hear, the book and movie are two completely different entities. Other then this factor, Ridley Scott was sure not to disappoint, when I first watch this amazing creation at our local theatre, (while living in Kelowna, BC).

To further understand why this movie meant so much to me, you’ll have to know the circumstances.

1982 : Two years after the death of my child, Jenni, it was a time for soul searching, questioning the existence of any GOD. Emptiness throughout the years. However, we were grateful to welcome in our newborn arrival, ( it’s a girl!) Tianndra, on February 20, 1982.

When the movie, “Blade Runner” came to the Box Office in June 25, 1982, the storyline captivated me. Again, the question riddle my mind, “Do we have a Soul ?

To have a soul or not, is extremely relevant to me, because of Jenni’s legacy. Without a soul, our purpose in life would mean absolutely nothing. Our existence is nothing more then the next savage animal waiting it’s turn on the of evolutionary turntable, as humans experience the seventh massive extinction on earth ( this is why it’s so important to explore other planets and colonize, before it’s too late ). Since the dawn of life, we already had six deadly extinctions. Are we nothing more then an evolutionary existence until the next extinction wipes us out ?

You see, I have to believe we humans have a soul.

The original “Blade Runner” came and left us in awe. The last monologue of character, Roy Batty ( played by gifted actor, Rutger Hauer) TEARS IN THE RAIN :

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.” ( Read more for an in-depth outline )

– Roy Batty

Back then, his dialogue brought tears to my eyes, remembering Jenni, close to my heart and soul. Needless to say, the original Blade Runner was a leading success.

BLADE RUNNER 2049 – Review

Blade Runner 2049

Fast forward 35 years later, finally… BLADE RUNNER 2049 was released to the public. To me, it too never disappointed. From the beginning quote on Blade Runner 2049 movie, it sure captivated the science-fiction storyline:

“REPLICANTS : Are Bioengineered Humans, designed by Tyrell Corporation for use OFF-WORLD. Their enhanced strength made them idea slave labour.

After a series of violent rebellions, their manufacture became prohibited and TYRELL CORP went bankrupt.

The collapse of ecosystems [ Blade Runner Black Out 2022* ] in the mid 2020’s led to the rise of industrialist NAIANDER WALLACE. whose mastery of synthetic farming avert famine.

Wallace acquired the remains of the Tyrell Corp and created a new line of REPLICANTS who obey.

Many OLDER MODEL REPLICANTS – NEXUS 8 with OPEN-ENDED LIFESPAN – survived.

Those that HUNT them still go by the name…

BLADE RUNNER “

* Everyone knew where they were during the BLACKOUT

Blade Runner 2049 continued in strong relationship to the original, not missing a beat, including epic storyline of how the EYE can expose any REPLICANT. In the original, taking a close-up, inside look of the cornea (clear lens) and the tall-tell signs of the iris (functions like the diaphragm of a camera), it was quick to red-flag a replicant. With replicants assuming human form in every way except strengthen, biological warfare and extreme military tactical, it’s hard to pinpoint any replicant within a crowd.

In Bladerunner 2049, Naiander Wallace ( aka, actor Jared Leto ), leading CEO of the now corporate giant produces controllable, docile replicants. To add even higher security, each replicant is easier to pick out now, because their eyes are embedded with a unique serial number.

Curious, however, Naiander Wallace is blind.

It’s not speculated why or how he became blind, just the fact he is blind. However, he has these cool mini-droids that see in any capacity he wants. We’re clear, Naiander is indeed the protagonist with a heavy chip on his shoulder. Perfection is everything to him. Anything of lessor quality is quickly disposed of.

Again, the writer (Hampton Fancher) cleverly leads us on with the EYE concept. Needless to say, I’m sure Hampton Fancher and Michael Green (also, both screenwriters) had a blast telling this intriguing mysterious story.

Remember Deckard (played by iconic actor Harrison Ford) ?

In the original Blade Runner, it was loosely assumed, Deckard could possibly be a replicant himself, but unaware of it. Unfortunately, in Blade Runner 2049, we still aren’t sure. However, leading on the audience, is without a doubt, a sweet morsel for the next Blade Runner 2060 ?

To update, Deckard falls in love with a female replicant, named Rachael, who doesn’t realize she’s a replicant at all (thanks to creator, Dr Eldon Tyrell). Deckard and Rachael run away and along their journey, they’re able to have a child (another gift by Dr Tyrell). This is another reason we think Deckard could also be a replicant and not know it. Maybe, before the doctor made Rachael, it’s quite possible, he may of made a male replicant, named Deckard.

Writer Hampton Fancher has left it open for viewers to make their own assumptions ; which is genius!

Now comes along Blade Runner 2049, with a modern updated replicant, Blade Runner K (played by Canadian actor Ryan Gosling) ; also named Joe by his sweet holographic girlfriend Joi, who believed K could be a real boy, due to his real memory implant ( most replicants were given fake memory implants).

However, we know this couldn’t be true ; but Joe did hope.

In the beginning of Blade Runner 2049, K finds skeleton remains of Rachael, who they realize died of a C -Section during birth. Immediately, it’s clear, there must be a replicant child (or possibly a human-crossed replicant ?). K’s mission (ordered by human Lt. Joshi) is to seek out and destroy the replicant child before a war breaks out between the replicants and humans. As well, CEO Naiander is determined to find the child before the humans, because he wants to produce an infinite army of replicants, to rule the worlds of the universe. Until now, his replicants aren’t prefect. His thirst to be a GOD, build an army of perfectly designed replicants, that could give birth, is his ultimate dream.

Talk about a control freak – dictatorship at its highest calling.

As we know, K has a conscious. He can’t kill the child, or can he destroy Deckard either. In itself, even though K isn’t human, it’s the most human thing that can be done. As said, “Dying for the right cause, is the most human thing we can do.”

If LUV ( a Nexus-9 replicant designed by Niander ) has anything to do with it, she wants to impress her boss, no matter the cost. After all, Niander entrusted her as his right-hand No 1 (if you will ), to give her very own name LUV, instead of a serial number, like K ( KD6-3.7 ).

The outcome could go either way.

LUV is indeed, the most calculated killer of all them all. Her determination is relentless !

Blade Runner 2049 is a mastery of screenwriting, leading viewers to more questions then answers. As a science-fiction writer, I adore open-ended questions throughout the storyline, with cleverly placed plot coupons**, adding to the mystery. Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 are both great movies and, (if you haven’t seen either one) a must to your next science-fiction thriller list.

Bari Demers – screenwriter and storyteller

**Plot Coupons : also known as a ‘MacGuffin’ – a plot device in the form of a goal, desired object, or another motivator that the protagonist pursues, often with little or no narrative explanation. The MacGuffin’s importance to the plot is not the object itself, but rather its effect on the characters and their motivations. READ more…

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Today – October 17th 2018 : Marijuana is now LEGAL in CANADA 🇨🇦

Good morning everyone!

TODAY – First time in Canadian history, Marijuana is now legal throughout Canada. Adult Canadians are allowed 30 grams of cannabis, age specification depending on each province.

It will be interesting to see the results. The questions of legalizing Marijuana is yet to be determined. However, I have a couple of questions:

  1. Will it improve our economy?
  2. Will Canadians use it responsibly?

Whatever happens, will indeed be a learning curve, as the rest of the world watches us closely.

What do you think of this new legalization in Canada? Will it benefit you ?

Thank you,

Bari Demersscreenwriter and science-fiction writer

PS : Check out all my art pieces, like the one above on INSTAGRAM or see more HERE

Our Human Entanglement

Our Human Entanglement

INTRODUCTION

Anyone who knows me understands how I love writing science-fiction stories ; as well I’m recently in competition to have the opportunity to be ( if you will ) ‘under the wing’ of producer, actor and director, Ron Howard, through Imagine Impact. It’s my hope to better understand the filming aspect of Hollywood.

I know, I know, it’s like winning a lottery – BUT you can’t win if you don’t DO. As Yoda quoted “ Do or Do Not. There is No Try.”

OUR HUMAN ENTANGLEMENT

Anyhow – I’m also grateful for my family and those who make an effort to be my friend. It means a lot to me and helps me grow into a better person. Writing science-fiction helps me release my inner self, searching for either a better future or ( if we continue along the path we’re all on ) the consequences of our actions.

Recently I’m intrigued with Better Call Saul ( a spinoff from TVSeries Breaking Bad ). Patricia and I are totally captivated by its unique artistic plots. Each time I watch ‘Better Call Saul’ I’m reading the credits. One of the credits that sticks out the most is Executive Producer Mark Johnson. I’m all about similarities or coincidences, meaning somehow or someway, we’re all connected. You could say we meet for a reason OR , another way to express it, ( in the science community) “Quantum Entanglement”.

Therefore, when I see Executive Producer Mark Johnson, I immediately think of my FB friend, Mark Johnson, lawyer and CEO of Visual Law. As quoted, “ Mark Johnson – Principal and chief creative officer of Visual Law Group, a litigation communications and forensic animation firm headquartered in Silicon Valley.”

Incredible, Mark is also into making films, founding partner in Fat Monster Films, a film production company located in Los Angeles.

I realize the Mark Johnson of ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Better Call Saul’ isn’t the same Mark Johnson friend, but I believe it’s some kind of entanglement of our universe, leading us along a path together.

Call me crazy (if you like) but I love thinking, there’s a reason we are engaged with others, no matter the distance. As a science-fiction buff, it’s frightening clear how our lives are intertwined.

SO – on my Twitter post I said this :

1/ 11 We all know Executive Producer Mark Johnson of AMC Breaking Bad and spin off, Better Call Saul, BUT did you know he produced #Rainman under partnership with Levinson ? #Filmmaking

2/11 With the collaboration of Mark Johnson and #Canadian producer Michelle Maxwell MacLaren of Vancouver (XFiles and Game of Thrones) Vince Gilligan created breaking bad.

3/11 #BreakingBad #Directors started off w/ Vince Gilligan, but had many others, such as Michelle MacLaren, herself and famous actor Bryan Cranston (aka Walter White)

4/ 11 Then came the spin off of #BetterCallSaul ( now starting it’s 4th Season) AMC has hit it on the mark w/ #BreakingBad and BetterCallSaul – both #TVSeries are extremely entertaining w/ the most professional team in show business.

5/11 I have become so involved w/ watching #BreakingBad and #BetterCallSaul , watching each series several times for enjoyment. Each portraits great detail, ingeniously hiding a “MacGuffin” ( term, popularized by film director #AlfredHitchcock ) aka #PlotCoupons

6/11 #BreakingBad and #BetterCallSaul are both excellent TVSeries to learn the craft of #Filmmaking to #Screenwriting . And, to make it even more interesting…

7/ 11 #BetterCallSaul showcases outstanding #actors @MJMcKean @mrbobodenkirk @rheaseehorn @PatrickFabian, each playing lawyers. Interesting…

8/ 11 I personally know a real lawyer ( Yes, you guessed it) Mark Johnson, w/ a team in San Jose, California who specializes in 3D Scanning & Photogrammetry for litigation. You can see Visual Law Group for yourself.

9/ 11 What makes this name similarity so incredible, my friend Mark Johnson is also involved in #makingfilms partnering in Fat Monster Films, a film production company located in Los Angeles. (www.fatmonsterfilms.com) I know, it’s just a coincidence, but hey ! I’m always intrigued w/ how we are somehow connected to this universe of ours.

10/11 Mark and I have a connection, each of us never wanted. We both loss a child. He loss his son David and me, I loss my daughter Jenni. It’s a group you never want to be apart of – parents loosing a child.

11/ 11 So, #wrapitup When I see Executive Producer Mark Johnson on the credits of #BetterCallSaul it makes me think how we’re either connected by similarities or maybe it’s Quantum Entanglement 😎 👽 #TwlightZone #science or #scifi Cant wait to see Season 4 #BetterCallSaul

In conclusion I would be grateful if you would indulge with me in this crazy world we live in. I’m truly grateful for all my connections here on FB , Twitter, Instagram and WordPress. It’s an unforgiving world we live in. Our journey is indeed a struggle, but I hope we can make a better world by sticking together, encouraging each other in success and unexpected tribulations. Whatever you’re going through, I hope you understand, we’re all together, fighting for the same things.

All that I ask is that WE are good to each other.

Thank you,

Bari Demers

Holocaust against Humanity – Phase One

Holocaust against Humanity

FORWARD : I wrote ‘Holocaust against Humanity’ back in 2015. After what I see happening with our recent series of events in United States, it’s alarming how our society is becoming cold and calculating, with both sides, using defensive children as bait. As young as 5 years old, children are pawns intertwined with a political agenda.

It’s becoming an inhuman society, based on greed, entitlement and money.

Once you’ve taken the conscious step to cross over the line, you now have become this evil entity within.

Please enjoy my science-fiction horror ; it just may be closer then you think.

YEAR : 2075

The robotic revolution was upon us.

It was common place to see androids from all walks of life, from space exploration to household protectors.  The world reknown Dr Ford created the first entertainment park called WESTWORLD.

Back in 2015, Steven Hawkins warned us,” Artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race”.

But no one took Steven’s advice.

At first androids were clumsy, to the point of even being comical. So, the thought of androids controlling mankind was preposterous, to say the least. All the ‘Terminator Trilogy’ movies heed caution, but again, it was just a bunch of science fiction.

Really, what could possibly go wrong?

Celebrations bringing in the New Year 2045 started off very promising, with new heights to space exploration.

Mankind had finally established a Mars colony after three failed attempts. Galileo III ( predecessor of satellite Galileo) explored our cosmic gas giant Jupiter for a third time. Scientists knew from previous missions, Jupiter didn’t have a land mass like earth, but were amazed to find a massive ocean swirling beneath the volatile atmosphere composed of hydrogen, helium and nitrogen.

The next question on everyone’s mind,” Could life really exist on Jupiter after all?”

After the discovery of sea life on Titan, it was logically the next step to assume Jupiters oceans could also be teaming with an alien form of life.

Exploration was going as planned until the fateful day on July 10, 2045, historical became known as ‘Black Friday’ when everything suddenly came to an immediate halt.

Life on Earth changed drastically, after our moon barely recovered from the most disastrous collision of any asteroid before it, appropriately named ‘Black Death’.

Black Death hit the side of the moon on July 10, 2045 at exactly 14:01 hrs PST.

It was only 20 meters round, but it’s composition of solid black ore pulverized our lunar satellite at speeds calculated at over 60 kilometers per second. It literally knocked our moon off its axis, catapulting precariously into an irregular elliptical orbit around earth.

The newly formed moon colonies never had a chance.

Earth’s land mass changed drastically due to the new gravitational pulls on our ocean tides. New lands were formed while existing land formations, such as New York, succumbed to the unexpected tsunami waves. Four million souls lost their lives that dreadful day in New York alone, but they weren’t the only ones effected. Vancouver Island, Baja California, San Diego and half of L.A. disappeared. Worldwide, 600 million people were swallowed up by the sea.

Mankind adapted, but Earth was never the same.

Earth was a colder place, as moon dust surrounded our globe, hiding our precious sun. The race for survival and humanity, quickly produced new technology, from automated unmanned vehicles called ‘Spinners’ to more efficient military androids to control the masses.

Everyone marvelled the massive Spinners swirling about, like beacons of stars, preformed to dissolve the dust crystals within our stratosphere. The filtration system effectively allowed our Sun to shine on earth once again.

But, politics had changed for the worst.

After the disaster, worldwide sects of survivalist tried to rule the earth, each with their own fascist dictatorship. Religious groups banned together, forming from the ‘Christian Knight Saviours’ to the muslin ‘Revelation Crusaders’.

All believed they were the RIGHT PASSAGE TO GOD.

It was true, as said in the verse, 2 Timothy 3:1-17

“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.”

Hundreds of thousands died by the sword of RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Governments with large enough military forces barely survived, while the weak failed miserably. United States banded together with Canada while all of Europe formed their own allegiance. South America and Mexico became known as the ‘Savages Territory’, completely ruled by drug cartels and sect dictators.

United States formed the strongest military opposition ever seen before.

The newly appointed female President, Christine Jefferson was sworn in as the 60th President of the United States on November 20, 2060. President Christine Jefferson introduced a Bill, referred to as the Committee of Automation, whereby congress quickly approved, in order to begin immediately production of the military androids. It was their only recourse to maintain control of the government.

After a bloody war against the fascist religious sects, it was sworn man made religion would never be a part of mankind ever again. Only a spiritual GOD was allowed within the new DARK society.

With complete military rule, it was hard to believe it could possibly get worse, but it did.

On August 7, 2065 President Christine Jefferson appointed in a new list of judges who were NOT human. The new Supreme Court Judges were athletically logical, and completely android with the most sophisticated AIA brain, capable of making any judgement in seconds.

They surpassed human judges a thousand times over.

There were Ten Appointed Judges, each with a selected name:

1. Titan – Judge of Warfare

2. Zion – Judge of Apocalypse

3. Damian – Judge of Deceit

4. Zeus – Judge of All Rules and Final Convictions

5. Athena – Judge of Fairness

6. Aphrodite – Judge of the People

7. Cyprus – Judge of All Land

8. Calypso – Judge of Scientific Discovery

9. Atlas – Judge of High Court

10.Prometheus– Judge of Exploration

The first five years, the android judges did a remarkable job, cleaning up the riffraff of society causing serious harm to others. A select marketing team started a campaign across the world, referred to as :

“Androids Now! Securing your countries future. Isn’t it time YOU feel safe?”

The campaign made a bold statement how an android judge would help lock in security, adding a better quality of life. And, as an added bonus, each country who orders in the next 24 hours will receive an army of precision androids, at no extra cost. (*Shipping and taxes NOT included)

Countries scrambled to place in their orders, no matter what the cost! The unruly chaos made it a no brainer.

Soon, without anyone realizing the consequences, carbon copy android judges ruled each and every country across the world. Activists were swiftly silenced where hundreds of thousands mysterious vanished off the face of earth.

Rumours began to spread.

It was said children were taken away from their parents, shipped off to Mars to work in slave camps, mining precious minerals.

To keep the masses calm, an officially statement was released by Aphrodite herself; after all she WAS the, ‘Judge of the People’. Aphrodite was the most pleasing android of them all, fair skinned, brilliant sapphire eyes, athletically formed female body along with long braids of beautiful synthetic gold hair. Her soft voice added a sense of calmness, captivating any unsettled audience.

It was hard NOT to like her, in fact, most adore her.

Aphrodite announced to her people, ” Please do not be alarmed my children. I’m here to protect YOU and your future. Those in question have been detained in a federally inspected compound secured within an undisclosed area on Mars. Don’t worry, their needs are well looked after. It’s in the interest, welfare and safety of my beloved children.”

The crowd swallowed it up, hook, line and sinker.

It was rumoured the room was filled with a calming drug known as Oxycodoise, a derivative gas forming agent from the original Oxycodone. Like heroin, it’s sedative effects created a euphoric state of complete calmness.

With all the restrictions and techniques used to calm the masses, humans were still hard to control. Officials struggled to control a radical underground group known as, ‘The Freedom Fighters‘. THEY whispered the words, “These judges are nothing more than Executioners of the Free World”.

The word, “Executioner” went viral.

Freedom Fighters began spreading the word of fear across the world, stating unruly people were being rounded up and disposed of by means of an electrical gas chamber, as their children were rounded up to become slave labourers.

It was said to be the new Holocaust against Humanity – Phase One.

This holocaust made all other genocides in the past look like a picnic.  By 2070, the Executioners took away the freedom of expression and by 2075, they resolved the governments of the world, bringing in a military ruled government completely controlled by the Ten Judges.

It was named, ‘The United World of Americas’

Mankind were no longer in control of their destiny.  Mankind had become slaves to their own creation. It was the beginning of our Living Hell.

By Bari Demers screenwriter

I hope you enjoyed my story. Each short story can be adapted into a screenplay.    Contact me here if you found interesting. Follow me here for PHASE TWO.

Darkness Within

Darkness Within

Writing is the key to express my inner soul and the demons within. It’s a way to release my dreams along with a vivid, wild imagination. Some are based on truth while I look to the future to answer questions of who we are and where do we come from.

I reach deep within the darkness of my soul to bring to light of what is or what can be. As I write about “Darkness Within”, my heart is troubled by the amount of suicides we hear of everyday. Unfortunately, it’s only the famous who really get recognized, as others will suffer in silence.

Within days two icon personalities have left us. Kate Spade and now Anthony Bourdain. Not long ago we heard of Robin Williams. All were gifted souls with incredible talent. As human beings we must not forget about those struggling in their darkness of despair, putting on a “pretend face” in public, scared to reach out due to being ridiculed as weak or loosing supposed friends.

The Darkness Within

Chronic Depression is a real disease. It grabs you and takes you to this dark place never letting go. You feel embarrassed to speak about it because no one really listens.

Sometimes, all you need are real friends and a hug. Seriously – it’s a personal fight within your soul.

Those who don’t understand it, will never ever understand why.

My heart is deeply sadden.

If only we can talk to each other without feeling ashamed or singled out. We don’t have to fight the darkness within alone. All anyone needs to do is really listen.

May your Soul find Peace Anthony and Kate. A great loss to us all. I wrote Soul Saver because of depression – it was my way to reach out after the death of my daughter Jenni.

Bari Demers – screenwriter and storyteller

I AM HUMAN

I AM HUMAN.

WE ARE ALL HUMAN. However, with over 7.4 billion people, we can’t seem to get along. Mother Earth is barely holding on, as diverse cultures breed across its globe.

Mother Earth is constantly being misused by HUMAN BEINGS, polluting the lands, our oceans and the air we breathe. As we coexist with millions of species of wildlife, our arrogant self is damaging our planet faster then ever before. Our over-populated species are crowding every little space, consuming our resources at an alarming rate. WE already know, in order to sustain us, our species must explore the universe, sure to infect another planet, before it’s too late.

WE ARE HUMAN.

We’re like this out-of-control virus, with this incurable sensation to survive, no matter what. However, nature is fighting back. It’s in our genetics, tracing back to our prehistoric ancestors (the caveman) keeping close to our KIND.

Our “kind” can be divided up into five races :

• Caucasoid

• Negroid

• Capoid

• Mongoloid (Oriental/ Amerindian)

• Australoid (Australian Aborigine and Papuan)

It’s then we’re subdivided into each of our origins, such as English, French, and Italian. After this division, we become more divided by each religion and culture. AND – that’s where everything goes to HELL. Nature is fighting back because of our narrow mindedness. We humans cause wars over religion, race, culture and colour, in an attempt to say we’re a better race or have the right religion. In the end, we’ll eliminate ourselves as nature continues on without us. It may take a million years, but Mother Earth will reboot, starting up another evolutionary species.

It’s sad, really.

Here we are ; intelligent HOMO-SAPIENS evolving from our ancestors, but too stupid to realize our own fate, due to arrogance. Our species are resourceful but can never accept or respect each other for who we are.

NO.

Instead we nitpick, clumped together in each of our own cultures, like the caveman we are. Let’s look at ME for example. My culture is said to be a mixture of French and Italian, but my DNA throws in Cree. Because I’m NOT one hundred percent French, Italian or Cree, each culture doesn’t consider me part of their family. As far as their concerned, I’m just a cross-breed, otherwise known as “Heinz 57”. It means, the French, Italians and Cree don’t respect me for who I am. THEY will NOT welcome me into their homes, because technically I’m not part of their culture.

I AM HUMAN.

Even though my father comes from a long line of DEMERS following back to the origins of France, settling in Lower Canada 🇨🇦 (now Quebec) way before the English ever step foot on Canadian soil, the French will never consider me their own.

Even though my mother comes from a long line of VARZES since the Roman Empire, the Italians have never welcomed me into their homes, since my grandfather died.

Even though my French ancestors played house with the first nations (indigenous aboriginal) people, the Cree think of me as an outsider. When we use the term, “Indian”, we’re quickly referred to as being racist, when their race freely refer us, as “White Man”. Believe it or not, both slangs are indeed racist.

Let me explain further.

I’m an artist, be it writing, drawing or graphic design. My Art has taken me along many adventures, including submersing myself into the Northwest Native Art, for the past 40 years. Just recently I asked a member of the First Nations people to help me with this design, as I want to explore the inner meanings of their culture. This is what this person told me, “ I don’t feel comfortable giving advise because the art work you are trying to produce is a form of cultural appropriation. There is more knowledge that goes into a design, that has been passed down from many generations, and has almost went extinct. This is our form of visual language. I appreciate that you enjoy our culture, but there is so much more to learn to respect the artwork.”

Teach me then.

Please teach me the right way to embrace your culture. No response.

Little does she realize I’ve study this art form when I was a teenager. I’m well aware of each cultural background, but like many First Nations People, they each have their own spin on it. It’s their personal art, from their inner soul and spirituality. I may not be one hundred percent Cree, but that’s doesn’t make me an outsider.

Cultural Appropriation.

Now that term is offensive to any artist on this planet. Each artist has his/her own way to express their inner demons of expression, since the dawn of mankind. Each tribal member may have its own form of language arts, but it’s not right to say, we don’t have the right to express it in our own form. That’s like telling an artist you’re banned from expression. I truly understand they want to keep their culture and way of life, passing it down from generation to generation. In fact, I totally respect their culture, requiring guidance, to pursue my artwork. BUT…not to allow an artist to express themselves, has gone too far. Ironically, she asks her followers to draw their expression of Spiritual animals, such as a whale, raven or eagle. Isn’t that also a form of cultural appropriation ?

I AM HUMAN.

I’m a human beings, like any other human being on this earth. All I’m asking is to stop crying wolf when you’re doing the same to others. Treat me as a human being. Treat me NOT as an outsider, but share me your culture. WE must all be treated like EQUALS, no matter your race, religion or cultural upbringing. Embracing each other as a loving family is when WE may eventually get along. To close-the-door in my face is not only rude but arrogant, no matter who YOU are.

The French and Italians have done the exact same thing. So be it. I’m CANADIAN and extremely proud to be part of this wonderful country. My culture is Canadian, that’s my NEW culture.

It frustrates me to no end, as each culture embraces their own, without inviting outsiders, welcoming them in. I say,”Look forward to the future, embrace each human being as your GOD intended YOU to. It’s called respect.”

By Bari Demers – screenwriter

NOTE : Please be respectful. You never know what may come out of it.

Ebola Fighters – the Canadian Connection

Canadian Ebola Fighters

Ebola is one of the most dangerous pathogens in our modern world. This pathogen has no mercy and kills its victims in less then four days.

Up until 2014, there wasn’t any treatment or cure for EBOLA.

HOWEVER – during the West Africa Ebola outbreak in 2014, thousands of people were dying at an increasing rate ; doctors were racing against time. A select team of doctors and pathologists volunteered their expertise, heading to Africa to see if they could fight this deadly Pathogen.

On the sidelines, at the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiology Lab ( NML) in Winnipeg, Canadian Scientist, Dr. Gray Kobinger and Dr. Xiangguo Qiu were both working feverishly, trying every method they could to develop a vaccine.

They were getting close to developing a vaccine BUT no one believed it could be done. Dr. Gray Kobinger and Dr. Xiangguo Qiu perfected two of three antibodies and intertwined it with a third antibody from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. The antibody cocktail hadn’t finished it’s clinical tests, or had it ever been used on humans.

UNTIL fate of desperation forced their hand.

An American doctor, Dr. Kent Brantly , along with nurse Nancy Writebol , were both infected with the deadly virus. They became the very first human patients in history to be administered this new vaccine, all in an attempt to save their lives. Fortunately for everyone concerned, the experimental vaccine worked.

Both patients were in the advanced stage of the Ebola and would have certainly died if it weren’t for the discovery of Dr. Gary Kobinger new vaccine.

As Dr. Gary Kobinger said,” It was a very tense situation…” He pauses with a smile and continues,”It was…It was quite a moment.” His smile was due to the success of the antibodies reaction to the Ebola pathogen. The serum is called Z Mapp, a Biopharmaceutical drug composed of the three chimeric monoclonal antibodies.

Dr. Gary Kobinger and Dr. Xiangguo Qiu work is recognized internationally and last year received the prestigious Canadian Award, the Manning Innovation Award (It’s an award, where Canadians who have demonstrated recent innovative talent and successfully marketed their innovations*).

They’re now known worldwide as the Ebola Fighters – congratulations to our Canadian Science Team Dr. Gary Kobinger and Dr. Xiangguo Qiu – Our Canadian Hero’s 😎

By Bari Demers – screenwriter