Climbing The Songs

Climbing the Songs تسلق الأغاني is a short movie directed by Nawaf Alsabhan, voice-over written and narrated by my friend Ahmed Alsihayih. The main actor in the movie is my best friend Malik Falatah.  The movie was presented during a Saudi Night at my university. Please make me happy and watch the movie. I really think that these talented Saudi should get a lot of supports and popularity for the great work they have done.

It happens sometimes, that happiness quits you. It happens too, that you become saturated with defeats and it happens that you stand up straight but on crooked ground, and in turn look slanted. Nevertheless, the warm of hope are vast, like the arms of the city (Climbing The Songs Movie)

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10 thoughts on “Climbing The Songs

  1. Congratulations to your friends! This was very well done. There are some wonderful metaphors for sadness that I should use with depressed patients, ones like “It happens sometimes, that happiness quits you”, “…it happens that you stand up straight but on crooked ground, and in turn look slanted”, “bitten by the bug of gloominess”.

    The music was well chosen, and Barber’s Adagio for Strings and the selection from Beethoven’s 7th Symphony were particularly enjoyable for me.

    I hope your friends have many more collaborations and successes!

  2. That was very nice, touching, and very inspiring. Please pass my comment to your friends. Tell them also i loved how they switched from one music track to the other so smoothly according to the situation.

  3. Fatema

    As someone who has lived with depression for most of her life I find this difficult to watch because it brings back so many memories that I try to suppress. At the same time it gives me hope that I am not alone and that I can look deep inside myself to see that my flaws are actually my strengths. Sometimes it becomes hard as a Muslim to admit you have these feelings because they are frowned upon by many but they are real and are nothing to be ashamed of. Sometimes I think to myself why couldn’t my problem be a physical one that I can recover from rather than a mental one that I am stuck with my whole entire life. I think the answer is that all pain, no matter where it originates from is significant, and nothing is worse or better than anything else.

    Tell your friends that they are geniuses, this really is great work and it takes a lot to impress me. So wonderful!

  4. Very good, thanks for sharing it, it would’ve went under my radar if not for you, and you know how much I like to see young people use their talents like this 🙂

  5. Fatema–your problem is physical.

    Depressions, no matter how they start, eventually involve imbalances of neuro-hormones. Low serotonin is one; alterations in norepinephrine, epinephrine, and dopamine are others. These imbalances are the reasons why anti-depressants are highly effective on those with physical signs of depression (disturbed sleep, appetite, physical pains, low energy). They correct the physical problems first, then the disturbances of thought (running to the negative, sad, projecting backwards into past memories and forward into thoughts of the future or lack thereof) , then the mood itself whereby the person themselves feels brighter and more optimistic. They are effective on the physical symptoms in the first week, and the rest follow on, with full effect in 4-8 weeks. They should be taken at proper dose a minimum of 6 months to prevent relapse or immediate recurrence.

    I treat many Muslim patients, who have used all the tools of Islam to fight their depression, and recognized they need help with the physical side, and so request medication, and with the psychological and social factors that may be making them vulnerable to depression, so they ask for psychotherapy. The patients come from MENA, South Asian, and East Asian countries, as well as Europe and North America. Some have been suicidal (a symptom of depression). Most are knowledgeable and engaged in their faith.

    Cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy is highly effective, and the combination of medication and cognitive-behavioural therapy is proven to be the best treatment for most.

    Medication is most effective for faster recovery, and psychotherapy for maintaining the recovery and prevention.

    Some people are chronically depressed and benefit from a low dose of an anti-depressant to correct and inherited or longterm neuro-hormone imbalance.

    Mind Over Mood is an excellent book that takes the reader through information an exercises to treat depression with cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy. It is best done with a psychotherapist, but can be done alone. It is available on Amazon.

    The only good news about depression is that it is most often highly treatable.

    Depending on your perspective, the fact that it can affect anyone is good news in that it is an equal opportunity illness with no biases about age, gender, ethnicity, race, religion, profession, etc (though incidence and prevalence rates are different).

    Anyone suffering from depression, or worried they are (some have a grief reaction, or normal downs, or an anxiety disorder) should seek help from a good GP, psychiatrist, psychologist or counselling service.

    Students have an advantage in that most campuses have counselling services and even a psychiatric service on larger campuses. They are confidential and independent of academic records etc ie no one knows anything that the student-patient doesn’t tell them or authorize to be told (unless they have a serious plan to kill someone on campus).

    I hope you and others follow the advice of Islamic medical ethics which is to seek knowledge and science to help themselves.

  6. being a partner/companion to my wife who is on a scholarship…i am pretty much passing through a similar phase,
    studying to prepare for the board exams and going into a fight not well prepared for and struggling to survive.

    Excellent Movie,ive left a comment on Vimeo.
    and Chiara,i appreciate your long input,it was informative.

  7. Fatema

    Chiara, thanks for that! What I had meant is not that depression is merely mental, but that it is perceived that way and therefore has a different kind of stigma then “physical” disorders. But of course the mind and body are all related and all illnesses affect both the body and the mind. Fortunately for me I am being cared for by a wonderful psychologist and nurse practitioner and have done my research about what I need to do in order to live a happy and healthy life. I actually have a different form of depression and so antidepressants actually make me worse, but nevertheless I am on a drug that is doing wonders for me. I get hiccups every know and then but fortunately have been successful in so many ways. I really really appreciate your advice, wish you the best 🙂

  8. Melissa

    I really liked this movie.. I can fully relate to it now. I’ve just flunked TWO classes at my university, after working myself nearly to death. Now in summer school, I can’t even go; my car is broken down. Not to mention my air-conditioner won’t blow cold, my sink won’t run hot, and I’m out of money. It’s good to see that everyone gets down, and that the down turns around. It’s also a good reminder that I’m lucky to be a native speaker. I couldn’t handle a few months of foreign high school, and I admire the saudis who make it through college here in the states..
    I also really enjoy this website. I found it once google-ing saudi questions on my tiny cellphone screen, but it’s much better now that I’ve come across it on a computer. I go to a school where I’m very much a minority among saudi men (It’s a petroleum school where aramco pays for their education). It’s a totally new world, and I’ve come to be very good friends with several, but often feel frustrated and confused with them. You are very observant of people and how they communicate. I’ll definetely keep this site on hand to try and understand this culture a little more.

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