Discovering beauty, the music made me stop. I listened.

I was reading about the birthday of the Italian actress, Monica Vitti, watching videos of movie scenes and comedy skits. Her eyes and voices always captivated me, a real grand actress. Her face could transport emotions, making you laugh or cry in a blink of an eye.

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The Kurdish artist Diyar Üren recorded a beautiful song over short scenes from the movie The Eclipse by Michelangelo Antonioni. Monica Vitti is walking in black and white, nostalgic, lost, fascinating. I listened.

I listened to his voice again, checked other videos and read about him. A dramatic life of refugee from Iraq, his journey brought him to Europe and I believe Paris. His music expresses nostalgia and sadness from the loss for his country, touching us, making me stop.