Beeban Kidron Quotes

 

Each January, nearly half a million people visit the small town of Saundatti for ajatre or festival, to be blessed by Yellamma, the Hindu goddess of fertility.

— Beeban Kidron

From the moment I went to Hollywood for the first time, I was accused by various people of selling out. So I feel I’ve done my sell-out films already. I’ve sold everything! I’ve sold every piece of soul I ever had!

— Beeban Kidron

I once gave a talk at a girls’ school and, once I’d finished, 29 out of the 30 girls wanted to be film directors. I think that’s where we need to get girls interested in making films. We need to give them the idea that they can, that it’s one of the things on their horizon.

— Beeban Kidron

I’ve walked down the street with Madonna, and I’ve walked down the street with Colin Firth, and it was a little bit more… with Madonna they were a little rougher, but they were all there for Colin. It was amazing. Women adore him. They swoon.

— Beeban Kidron

I think it is a great gift to make people laugh, and it shouldn’t be underestimated.

— Beeban Kidron

Making a big commercial movie is hard when you think about how many of them flop.

— Beeban Kidron

People have a right to have their lives witnessed; if we coexist with the systems that abuse people, then we have a duty to understand.

— Beeban Kidron

I hate it when everybody thinks I’m a… what’s the word, a marauding mother! It’s bigger than that.

— Beeban Kidron

If Twitter is worth seven billion next month, I’m happy for them to be worth six billion and spend a billion making it safer for people, for example.

— Beeban Kidron

The idea of the Internet as sort of open and democratic and free and with no hierarchy, the libertarian beginnings as it were, with peer-to-peer networks… I’d sort of like for everyone to just admit that we’re beyond that now.

— Beeban Kidron

I don’t see such a huge difference between online and ‘in real life’. I think it has now become one and the same.

— Beeban Kidron

I come from the school who thought the Internet could be the great democratising force, that getting rid of the gatekeepers was a positive move.

— Beeban Kidron

The thing I have come to find astonishing is that people from all political sides routinely say that the Internet has to be the model of free speech and freedom.

— Beeban Kidron

When politicians say, ‘Oh, parents should supervise their kids’ Internet use,’ it drives me crazy.

— Beeban Kidron

Parents cannot be in the same physical space as their children at all times.

— Beeban Kidron

Whether in cave paintings or the latest uses of the Internet, human beings have always told their histories and truths through parable and fable. We are inveterate storytellers.

— Beeban Kidron

Cinema is arguably the 20th century’s most influential art form.

— Beeban Kidron

The film that changed my life is a 1951 film by Vittorio De Sica, ‘Miracle in Milan.’ It’s a remarkable comment on slums, poverty and aspiration.

— Beeban Kidron

We are increasingly offered a diet in which sensation, not story, is king.

— Beeban Kidron

This idea of the digital native in the bedroom taking down a fascist regime and building a billion-dollar company is a very attractive image, but actually, if you look at the research, young people are on the lowest rung of digital opportunity.

— Beeban Kidron

For me, trying to articulate the world to help people see it in a way they haven’t seen it before is hugely important. Sometimes, you have to take something that is completely inexplicable and say, ‘Look, here is the beating heart of something you must understand.’

— Beeban Kidron

I think I’ve been very, very lucky in my life, and I do believe in public service.

— Beeban Kidron

Life is really hard for some people.

— Beeban Kidron

Make films whenever and however you can – don’t take no for an answer.

— Beeban Kidron

In the U.S., it would be so much better if the studios made many more smaller films for niche markets rather than a few tent pole films that swamp cinemas and Hoover up all the funding.

— Beeban Kidron

We need to work out who is paying for film; in the U.K., it is increasingly difficult to get production funds – and pre-sales demand more and more shot/cut material.

— Beeban Kidron

My children know not to shout before Mummy has warmed herself into something human with her coffee.

— Beeban Kidron

During my ‘difficult teens,’ I read about worlds that were mysterious.

— Beeban Kidron

Unfortunately, teatime in London is when people in Los Angeles arrive in their offices and pick up the phone.

— Beeban Kidron

The previous generation paved the way for my generation to gallop unheeded into jobs previously reserved for men.

— Beeban Kidron

If we don’t record our own history on the Net, it will disappear.

— Beeban Kidron

We now have powerful technology, which allows us a voice across boundaries, which was unimaginable at the time of the Greenham Protest, a protest that pre-dates the Internet and the mobile phone.

— Beeban Kidron

In 1982, fellow film student Amanda Richardson and I went to Greenham Common for the day – to see what was going on and to shoot some video. The day turned into a weekend, the weekend into seven months, and the dozens of hours of footage turned into a film – ‘Carry Greenham Home.’

— Beeban Kidron

Arguably, it was the introduction of international non-proliferation treaties in the late ’80s that finally led to the missiles being removed from Greenham Common.

— Beeban Kidron

The Greenham women left home for peace: ‘Not in our name!’ they cried. And in doing so, they spoke for millions.

— Beeban Kidron

For most women, Greenham was a place of principle, growth and song. Often joyful, sometimes terrifying, and almost always cold. As it got harder, with constant evictions and mounting violence from a frustrated and humiliated police force, the women got more determined. It was a community with a shared purpose – to live in peace.

— Beeban Kidron

The devices that our kids use are shipped from the factory with every possible audio, visual or vibration alert switched on. Each new app, website, tweet and message adds another layer of intrusion – each intrusion is cynically designed to get a response, and each response creates an appetite for another intrusion.

— Beeban Kidron

Our children, manipulated to become exemplary consumers, increasingly admit they do not feel ‘in control’ of their own Internet use.

— Beeban Kidron

Everything a teenager does, says or looks at, however transitory, contributes to an aggregated virtual self that might one day have consequences for its real-life counterpart. How many of us would keep all our relationships and reputations intact if every transgression, mistake or youthful folly was held in public view?

— Beeban Kidron

I am still cautiously hopeful about the potential of the Internet. But it seems that the greatest revolution in communication has been hijacked by commercial values.

— Beeban Kidron

Vittorio De Sica famously made ‘Bicycle Thieves’; that’s the film of his everybody knows.

— Beeban Kidron

At 99 and after a long stay in a nursing home, the death of legendary photographer Eve Arnold was hardly a surprise – though she may have been just a little annoyed to quit a few months short of 100.

— Beeban Kidron

We have allowed a situation to develop in which it is legal for a multibillion dollar industry to own, wholly and in perpetuity, the intimate and personal details of children.

— Beeban Kidron

We think that there is this terrible idea that the kids are digital natives… and they know what they’re doing, but all the evidence says that they’re hanging around going, ‘Where are you, I’m here, can I post my picture?’ They’re not actually writing wikis; they’re not actually listening to great poets live.

— Beeban Kidron

I want to talk about privacy, the quality of the information you receive, whether it’s neutral or commercial or pointed, bringing consciousness to the lack of neutrality in the algorithms.

— Beeban Kidron

I love text, I love email, I love Skype; I think it’s amazing.

— Beeban Kidron

The Internet has crept up on us, and we need to know what it is and start looking at it. We have to decide which bits we want, which bits we don’t, and how we’re going to use them – and how we’re going to put pressure on the people who deliver these goods to deliver what we really want.

— Beeban Kidron

Our politicians don’t say anything anymore: they just refute and assert.

— Beeban Kidron

I think the documentary is something that people are hungry for, that it embodies careful thought, nuance.

— Beeban Kidron

On telly, there’s been a move towards entertainment – with some very high-powered, fast-moving dramas. Then we have the Internet, where we get our information but it’s all in bite-size pieces. I think the documentary, as a form, actually speaks to what’s missing.

— Beeban Kidron

I had a sort of classic moment when a friend of mine rang up and said she’d just been to a funeral, and in the middle of the eulogy, this kid had taken out the phone and had a whole proper text conversation – while everyone was weeping!

— Beeban Kidron

If you look where kids are spending time on the Net, they may have all the information in the world, but they’re not accessing it.

— Beeban Kidron

The thing about documentary is that you don’t really choose your subjects: they come and grab you out of your bed.

— Beeban Kidron

I’m in the communications business.

— Beeban Kidron

I often go out on the street with my camera and ask questions.

— Beeban Kidron

The thing that upsets me is the ubiquitous use of reward technology, which uses our evolutionary biology against us.

— Beeban Kidron

Sometimes you have to put back in the community.

— Beeban Kidron

There is nothing wrong with Facebook in itself, except that it is not a very good tool to express the quality of your relationships.

— Beeban Kidron

What is the point of teaching how to analyse a poem or a piece of Shakespeare but not to analyse the Internet?

— Beeban Kidron

I love being in real life, and in particular, I like being with young people.

— Beeban Kidron

I like the accidental nature of being in the real world.

— Beeban Kidron

There’s something about actors – not stars, but actors – if they have the character, and someone is pushing and shoving them to be the best they can be, they enjoy that.

— Beeban Kidron

I’ve discovered my Jewishness late in life. And I’ve really enjoyed exploring that world.

— Beeban Kidron

I’ve liked being Jewish in America – there’s a secular version of Jewishness there that’s more about bagels and jokes than going to synagogues.

— Beeban Kidron

I hope that every film I make has something to offer in the area of making people feel either vindicated or different in terms of who they are.

— Beeban Kidron

We need to be much more robust consumers.

— Beeban Kidron

This is a culture filled with perfect images of women and perfect images of movie actresses, and most people can’t live up to them.

— Beeban Kidron

I’ve always been interested in exploring difficult subjects for the mainstream.

— Beeban Kidron

Everything serious in the world is well approached by humour. It’s a powerful and often quite subversive tool. I suppose there is an argument that could be made against me for being frivolous, but I do think a laugh is a very generous thing to give.

— Beeban Kidron

Girls from poor families of the ‘untouchable,’ or lower, caste are ‘married’ to Yellamma as young as four. No longer allowed to marry a mortal, they are expected to bestow their entire lives to the service of the goddess.

— Beeban Kidron

I absolutely don’t want to suggest that women are unreliable because we’re mothers – on the contrary. But the question of who brings up the kids has a material effect on all women’s careers.

— Beeban Kidron

The devadasis have a multilayered story, a story in which poverty, deprivation and injustice against women is central – but what has happened to them is absolutely an outcome of imperialism and the impact of British rule in India.

— Beeban Kidron

A white woman with a camera in the Devadasi belt of Karnataka is not inconspicuous… it took time for these women to believe that I was not an official, carrying the threat of fine and imprisonment.

— Beeban Kidron

When I was 13, I had a weekend job at the Photographers Gallery Bookshop in London.

— Beeban Kidron

Not many young women of my age have been lucky enough to have had a wonderful mentor in their life.

— Beeban Kidron

I’ve lost count of the plane tickets I’ve had in my pocket for people’s weddings and other celebrations which I’ve had to tear up because I was making a film. How many things like that can you miss and still be in people’s lives?

— Beeban Kidron

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