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QUEEN OF DIAMONDS at dffb

February 23, 2017

Happy to participate in the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Deutsche Film-und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb) in Berlin, Germany (March 21-27, 2017). I will be presenting the feature QUEEN OF DIAMONDS (1990), discussing the film with REVOLVER’s Nicolas Wackerbarth; giving a public talk entitled “Cinematic Images of Women” and holding a master class for the DFFB students. Queen ofDiamondsburningtree

Nothing ever falls short of its own completeness.

June 17, 2016

Once Zen master Baoji of Panshan [Ningji] went to the marketplace and overheard a customer speaking to the butcher. The customer said to the butcher, “Cut a fine piece for me.”

The butcher threw down his knife, folded his hands, and said, “Sir, is there any piece that is not fine?”

Upon hearing these words, Panshan had an awakening.

COMMENTARY

Panshan unexpectedly stumbles upon something extraordinary. Although the butcher does not look like a lion, he nevertheless roars like one. But tell me, what awakened Panshan? Haven’t you heard the Diamond Sūtra’s saying, “All things are equal: not some things high and other things low?” This being the case, why then are the Rocky Mountains high and the Catskill Mountains low?

You should understand that no thing ever falls short of its own completeness. Wherever it stands, it never fails to cover the ground. Since the totality of existence is contained in each and every thing, what is the origin of the scale that you use to evaluate? See into it here and you’ll have seen into Panshan’s awakening.

CAPPING VERSE

If you speak of gain and loss,

you are a person of gain and loss.

Don’t you see? The tall one is a tall buddha,

the short one is a short buddha.

Skype with Villa Aurora

May 21, 2016

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Nina Menkes speaks on Skype from Tel Aviv to a meeting of women film directors at Villa Aurora, Los Angeles

Cote D’Azur

May 8, 2016

Interesting facts to contemplate, as I get ready to pack my little suitcase for the Cote D’Azur~~There are no women of color in ‪#‎Cannes2016mainlymale‬ ‘s so-called “global” competitions. It is 86% male and 80% white.

Laurie Colton on board at MENKESFILM

I’m thrilled that Laurie Colton, financial wizard extraordinaire, has officially come on board as Executive Sales Associate at MENKESFILM.
We will be in Cannes 2016 from May 11-15th. See you there!