|Re: Bani: My late, distant uncle who influenced my brother and me in cinema|
- Sunday, August 25 2013, 12:37:27 (UTC)|
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I think a few years back I mentioned Uncle Bani. My grandmother used to say that Bani "took advantage of the Church" to gain a free education,learning French, English, Aramaic: "How can a gay man represent our Assyrian Church?"... my grandmother was Roman Catholic from Salamas, so I don't know what she was talking about regarding the Assyrian Church of the East.
On my birthday, in Tehran 1978, I remember Bani making a dramatic entrance in our apartment: Dressed in black (like a gay priest) wearing a beret and a cape. He was the sweetest fucking relative I remember: no gossip, intellectual conversations, and a lover of the elders and, of course, art.
Unfortunately, in 1978, some people had it in for him (Assyrians and Khomeini fanatics) who tipped-off the press to pull an Iranian TMZ on him. In his self-portrait nudes, in lieu of an artist's signature, he clipped his pubic hairs, and glued it to the bottom of each artwork: as his unique DNA signature!
He was basically scapegoated due to being an openly gay, non-conformist artist who was blamed by the fanatic religious (Christian and Muslim) for "corrupting the youth" ... the same charges held against another free-thinker, Socrates.
Unfortunately, he died last year... living in subsidized housing in the East Coast, because his Christian hypocritical family was ashamed of his lifestyle. To this, I say Fuck Assyrians! They get a hard-on for phony, pussy warriors, but reject our few great artists and thinkers. Fuckin' hicks! Uncle Bani, whether you know this, or not, but you played a great part in both my father's, mother's, brother's, and my life. It was Bani who suggested we watch films like Costa Gavras', Z (ZED); or another two Gavras' films: L'Aveu (The Confession); State of Siege, both with the late, great Yves Montand and Simone Signore -- about the psychopath torturer, Dan Mitrione, who was kidnapped by the Tupamaros in Uruguay and put on a "people's trial"... and of course, Fellini, Fellini, Fellini... in addition to the Spanish master, Luis Bunuel: Los Olvidados; The Criminal Life of Archibaldo De La Cruz; The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, and his last masterpiece, That Obscure Object of Desire.
Thank you, Uncle Bani! I wish my stupid Assyrian family reached out to you... fucking hypocrites!! Being naturally inclined to the same - or - opposite sex is such a big, hypocritical bullshit!! Assyrians fuck people (weaker and desperate than they) in business deals and brag about it to their kids, mothers, wives, in hope of getting a Shurva-scented-blow job; and yet, they have the audacity (not balls) to put down our artists, thinkers... those who chart their own path... like Pancho... and, my first teacher in the arts: Assurbanipal Babilla (Uncle Bani). Love you, man!
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