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A quote reads: “as long as the Colosseum stands, so shall Rome; when the Colosseum falls, Rome shall fall; when Rome falls, so falls the world.Â” However, theÂ ColosseumÂ was not the arena in Rome, as other answers have pointed out - it was the name of a colossal statue of Nero known as the Colossus of Nero; the arena was called the Flavian Amphitheatre.
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Guest posted a topic in Jehovah’s Witnesses's TopicsROME — The Venice Film Festival’s independently run Venice Days section, modeled on the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, has unveiled a lineup that emphasizes first-time and female filmmakers, with 10 of the 11 competition titles slated for world premieres. The accent on “female creativity,” as artistic director Giorgio Gosetti put it, is given by 7 women directors in the 19-title official selection, which is more than one third. Venice Days programmer Sylvain Auzou joked that the selection provides a positive counterpoint to the Cannes fest, which has been criticised in recent years for allegedly favouring male auteurs. Venice Days includes new short films by acclaimed Japanese director Naomi Kawase, who was recently on the Cannes jury, and American director Crystal Moselle, whose documentary “The Wolfpack” won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2015. These shorts are part of Venice Days’ Women’s Tales Project, sponsored by Miu Miu, the women’s fashion brand owned by Prada. At the Rome presser Gosetti announced that within Women’s Tales events they will announce winners of a new prize launched by Italy’s documakers association Doc.it dedicated to international documentaries centered around female creativity and entrepreneurship with an Italian element. The opener, in competition, will be “The War Show,” a video-diary/road movie chronicling the civil war in Syria, co-directed by Syrian pro-democracy activist Obaidah Zytoon. Starting in 2011, she often crossed the border from Turkey into the Syrian war zone. The other director of “War Show” is Andreas Dalsgaard, from Finland. Italian competition entries include “Indivisible,” (pictured), directed by Edoardo De Angelis, about teenage conjoined-twin sisters with beautiful voices who come from the suburbs of Naples and support their family as a performing act. Also from Italy, which features prominently this year, is “Worldly Girl,” by first-timer Marco Danieli, set amid the Italian Jehovah’s Witnesses community. Launching from Venice Days from Iceland will be “Heartstone,” a coming-of-ager set in a fishing village by first-timer Guomundur Arnar Guomundsson; from Australia there is 1980’s set kidnap thriller “Hounds of Love,” by Ben Young, who is also making his feature film debut. Croatian first-timer Hana Music is coming with dark and erotic family drama “Quit Staring At My Plate”; Filipino helmer Eduardo Roy Jr. (“Baby Factory,” “Quick Change”) will bring “Pamilya Ordinaryo,” about how a young teen couple hustling for survival on the Manila streets deal with the kidnapping of their one-month-old child. Rounding out the competition from Colombia is “Guilty Men,” described in the press notes as a “contemporary Western” set against the backdrop of corruption and brutal politics; “Polina” a ballet epic co-directed by prominent French dancer/choreographer Angelin Preljocaj and his wife Valerie Muller; “Sami Blood,” a look at 1930’s racism against the Sami people in the North of Sweden, directed by first-timer Amanda Kernell; and illegal immigrants romancer “The Road To Mandalay,” by Taiwan-based Burmese helmer Midi Z (“Ice Poison,” “City of Jade”). Multihyphenate Canadian provocateur Bruce LaBruce (“Gerontophilia,” “Pierrot Lunaire”) will preside over the jury that will award the Venice Days Award worth Euros 20,000 ($22,000) to the top competition title. Competition entries will also vie for the section’s audience award, while all first works are eligible for Venice’s Luigi De Laurentiis nod for best first work across all the Venice fest sections. The 12th edition of Venice Days will run August 31-September 10. VENICE DAYS LINEUP “The War Show,” Obaidah Zytoon, Andreas Dalsgaard (Denmark, Finland): opener. In competition. COMPETITION “Heartstone,” Guomundur Arnar Guomundsson (Iceland, Denmark) “Hounds of Love,” Ben Young (Australia) “Indivisible,” Edoardo De Angelis (Italy) “Quit Staring at My Plate,” Hana Jusic (Croatia, Denmark) “Pamilya Ordinaryo,” Eduardo Roy, Jr. (Philippines) “Guilty Men,” Ivan D. Gaona (Colombia) “Polina,” Valerie Muller, Angelin Preljocaj (France) “Worldly Girl,” Marco Danieli (Italy) “Sami Blood,” Amanda Kernell (Sweden, Denmark, Norway) “The Road to Mandalay,” Midi Z (Myanmar, Taiwan, China, France, Germany) WOMEN’S TALES PROJECT (shorts), in collaboration with Prada’s Miu Miu Label “Seed,” Naomi Kawase (Italy, Japan) “That One Day,” Crystal Moselle (Italy, U.S.) SPECIAL EVENTS “Always Shine,” Sophia Takal (U.S.) “Coffee,” Cristiano Bortone (Italy, Belgium, China) “Il Profumo Del Tempo Delle Favole,” Mauro Caputo (Italy) “Rocco,” Thierry Demaiziere, Alban Teurlai (France) “Vangelo,” Pippo Delbono (Italy, Belgium) “You Never Had It – An Evening with Bukowski,” Matteo Borgardt (U.S., Mexico, Italy) http://variety.com/2016/film/festivals/venice-days-lineup-women-directors-prada-1201823083/
Guest posted a topic in Jehovah’s Witnesses's TopicsOver 8,000 visitors are expected to fill Rome’s hotels and restaurants for the next four weekends, as they’ll be in town for the Jehovah’s Witness convention at The Forum. The Forum Manager Brent Poplin said roughly 2,000 people are set to attend the convention each weekend. “We hosted them last year, and this year were able to get them four weekends straight,” he said. The convention will run Friday to Sunday and on July 15-17, July 22-24 and July 29-31. Poplin said his crews have already begun setting up for the event, and crews for the Jehovah Witnesses will start loading in their equipment on Thursday. “It’s a pretty big group, the hotels should be full and restaurants should be full,” he said. People from throughout Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina are expected to attend the event, said Juan Betances, spokesman for the Christian organization. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and there is no admission cost. The convention will display short videos and full-length movies focusing on lessons of loyalty taught by Jesus, Job and King Hezekiah from the Bible. The service will be conducted in Spanish, Betances said, and targets Spanish-speaking people in the Southeast. Betances said the theme of the convention is “Remaining Loyal to Jehovah,” and it will focus on establishing loyal bonds between families through examples from the Bible. Source: http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/rome/news/local/jehovah-s-witnesses-return-to-rome-this-month-for-their/article_56128a50-4332-11e6-a29c-bba7bcb394ab.html