The world continues to mourn the loss of David Bowie – an innovative musician and entertainer. Many remember him as the rock star, the uncompromising entertainer who challenged conventions. Others remember his daring androgynous stage persona – while others champion the high level of musicianship of his music. But – there is another side, equally as beautiful, heartwarming and touching, and that is the love story between he and his wife of over two decades … Iman. A story which begs to be acknowledged during our bereavement.
David Bowie met Iman over two decades ago, and in his words, it was love at first sight. For Iman – not so much. But as she grew to know him as the man she described as “gentle’, she gave in. They were married in 1992, and were together from that moment until the minute of his passing. Iman was quick to correct people when they ask her about her marriage to ‘David Bowie‘ by saying that she did not marry ‘David Bowie‘, she married ‘David Jones‘ . She explained that ‘David Bowie’ was a ‘persona and an entertainer’. She knew , and married, another man.
Iman, one of the great supermodels, clearly was not easily impressed, but again, the gentleness and kindness of his heart and soul is what won her over. It was when he stopped in public, in the view of whoever, to bend over and fasten the laces of her shoes that had come undone, and, according to her, that she realized that he was that rare person who did not care what others thought, and put her needs above any other consideration. Those untied laces, tied them together. They adored one another and were devoted to one another. No blasting headlines about infidelity – just a life of love between the two of them. A love which produced their beautiful daughter, Alexandra.
David Bowie was blessed to find the love of his life, as was Iman equally as blessed to find hers. And that gives hope to those who wonder if that sort of love can ever exist. It did and it can. Our heartfelt sympathies to Iman for the loss of her soulmate as well as our thanks for giving our ‘rock star’ the love which he so richly deserved.
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A sleeper sitting in the Netflix queue, which, once viewed becomes the figurative awakened giant. Beasts of No Nation is a film based upon actual events presented in a way which can only be called uncompromising. The film successfully tackles the difficult subject regarding the slaughter of innocent people in African whose children were then abducted by guerrilla rebels, armed, and forced to become soldiers in a war which they were incapable of understanding. Children. Literally. But children who responded as would any adult – doing what they had to do in order to survive. When one understands that it is based upon true events – one can only mourn for the lost childhoods of so many.
The film provides incredible insight – and that must surely be based upon the horror stories of those young children who survived – for many did not survive.
It took a long time for the film to be made – as many did not see it as a commercial venture. However, it’s value as an historical reference is priceless. The makers had to stick to their guns in order to make the film which they wanted to make. Thank goodness for their tenacity.
From the beginning of the film, you are hooked and it is like a good read – you cannot stop watching. The action and the plot twists and turns will have you mesmerized.
The acting is superb and it is a story, although painful to watch, stays true to the events from which it was inspired. Idris Elba portrays a character that is far different from his ‘handsome-leading-man‘ roles – to the point that you may not initially recognize him in this role – literally. The child actors present performances which would seem to be well beyond their actual years. And yes, there will be occasions when your heart will break.
If you know nothing about the abducted child soldiers right now – your knowledge will sufficiently increase not just after watching this film, but while watching it. Your emotions will rise and fall – anger,hope,fear – and more. And, there may be twinges of guilt as to the lack of action taken to protect and save these children from their fates in reality.
It is no wonder that the nominations have been pouring in for not only the film, but for the actors as well. It is now out on DVD and streaming on Netflix with 3 million views so far. It is worth the purchase of the DVD to have in your digital library.
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