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A schizophrenic annum we've been trough.
 
The world has not changed too much. Not in the twelve months time we gave it to celebrate the good old 2013. Still it has created a deep print in history of mankind. In mordacious terms a masterpiece of art, wherein not one person on earth can enumerate concise the schizophrenic annum we've been through. An era where the mightiest leaders on our planet went to Soweto stadium to preach the fundaments of freedom. Trying to immortalize the soul of a fallen hero who dared to break through the walls of apartheid and fight for freedom. A man who carried, whether or not forced, the burden of an unfair and brutal society.

In the shadows of these diplomatic speeches our brutality against modern apartheid continues …barefaced. Because meanwhile the real hero's of freedom and transparency are labeled as whistleblowers. Those who are still locked up and been silenced to overshadow the hidden agendas and inconvenient truth that capitalism is more important than human rights.

For at the same time as the words for brother ship and anti-apartheid are spoken, we build walls around the continent. To defend our welfare against thousands of refugees, flushed from war fled countries or systematically suppression. We would rather make their journey more dangerous than give our brothers a safe haven against violence.

A year in which we cheered the World cup football in Brazil. So much that we´re ignoring the disappearing of thousands of street children off screen. Vanished from the face of the earth in the name of countries pursuit for the all-mighty dollars.

The apartheid continued last year, in a different form but with the same ideology. Making those who are privileged even more chartered, and those who are rated as poor and useless are getting cut off from chance and wealth. These are the created conditions capitalism reigns supreme.

However, last year I met many of those who could become the leaders of tomorrow but are trapped in the lowest ratings of the system. Those who are nevertheless fighting to create the ethical mindset change we need to liberate ourselves from our schizophrenic moral. And even though the challenges are still there and the walls to break are high, they again have convinced me. That even a small gap in the wall can stagger the fundaments of a system and can chance minds for the benefits of all. And that small gap in the wall is new hope which is worth fighting for.

Last year I felt again privileged to stand side by side with these persons. Be able to create inspiring documentaries which are showing that valuable difference. Not to claim a monopoly on a left-winged truth but to show you just the other side of a mainstream story.

I'm proud of the past six years in which I worked as independent documentary maker and I determined as never before to pursuit the aim and mission I stand for. That is making independent documentaries which I hope will be adventurous, penetrating and enjoyable as well.

Stay healthy, honest and dear to stand up in 2014.
 
Marijn Poels