We're showing two of my favorite blocks this week, Songbirds (#50) and Ladies, Sublime and Ridiculous (#62). They all feature women as either the central singers, or as the focus of the video. It is amazing how much strength runs through both blocks. The Nordic lands weigh in with Groupa and Garmarna, each with straight-as-an-arrow vocals, and both sets contain entries from Eleftheria Arvanitaki: "The Bodies and the Knives" is a searing look at the perils of relationships, while "Dynata" asserts the power of the Female. Even Yungchen Lhamo's ethereal vocals cannot disguise her core of assurance - she might be praying to her teachers, but she is still the woman who trekked over the Himalayas to freedom. Our longer offerings keep this motif flowing: watching Mariza and the story of Fado we feel the passion of a diva's commitment to her music, and in Vanaja (on Cinemondo this week) we are witness to the things in life that give a woman an iron will.