The Martian: Movie For Science Buffs

jessica-chastainThe Martian one of Hollywood’s science fiction movies is based on a book writer by Andy Weir. Matt Damon plays the part of an astronaut Mark Watney, stranded on planet Mars. Numbers decide between life and death for Mark Watney who has to calculate his food consumption and his way off the planet through Martian road trips and misadventures.

martian-damon-space-suitThis movie is commendable for its special effects and relevance to science. Weir the author of the book plotted the book with the brains of an engineer. He determined that although science has developed technology to convert carbon dioxide to oxygen and sewage to potable water; it is yet to find a way to easily generate food.

Weir researched carefully and presented drafts to his reader fans. Because the book was first published online, it could easily be corrected and Weir story was corrected from time to time by his fan following to be as factual as possible. The applaud lies in the fact that the story is about how man works with nature to survive.

Mark Watney has to grow potatoes to survive. But then it isn’t as easy as it seems, he has to fertilize the sterile Martian soil and provide water to grow. The Martian has captured the essence of the technical details perfectly and encourages man to explore Mars.

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Insight Into The Brutality Of Syrian Civil Wars

cey24q5wiaa7k9jA Syrian film collective is producing short films to showcase the human side of war victims. The short films are now part of a gallery in New York. Any evidence or insight that the world has had about the civil wars in Syria has been through images and snippets of extreme violence and the fleeing of refugees to Europe. The Syrian film collective is attempting to show what lies on the inside. The group behind this effort, Abounaddara has been recognized and awarded for their work of more than 300 short documentaries that are an eye opener.

abd-suriye-den-elini-cekIn English Abounaddara translates to “a man with glasses”. Each video is only 1 to 6 minutes long and tries to tell hidden stories of the war. The videos incorporate mystery to prick and prod at people conscience to raise their voices and concern for the victims of war. The stories are not biased by religion, labels or any kind of judgment, they are purely human stories that the media does not cover. The media has desensitized the view with an overload of violent images and people are left to think that it is the way of life in Syria. It would mean a lot more if it happened with one’s own kind.