Thursday, February 22, 2018

Jesus was a Buddhist Monk BBC Documentary

This documentary highlights a Jewish religious leader and preacher known as Jesus Christ—but it also suggests he was a Buddhist Monk. What’s more, it is argued that Jesus wasn’t actually crucified; instead, it is said that he travelled far and wide for many, many years. According to the documentary, Jesus was laid to rest at Roza Bal Shrine in Srinagar, Kashmir. Much about Jesus has been unknown due to a lack of information regarding his life between the ages of 13 and 29; in Palestine, these are sometimes referred to as “The Lost Years.” However, in 1887 a Russian doctor named Nicolas Notovitch went to India, Tibet, and Afghanistan in order to write The Unknown Life of Christ.

Notovitch soon found himself recovering from a broken leg at the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery of Hemis, atop India in the city of Leh. Two large, yellowed Tibetan volumes were presented to him: The Life of Saint Issa. He read that Jesus (or Issa,  the son of God) was born in the first century in Israel, and that Vedic scholars tutored him from the age of 13 to the age of 29.

A lama explained that, “Issa is a great prophet, one of the first after the twenty-two Buddhas. He is greater than any one of all the Dalai Lamas, for he constitutes part of the spirituality of our Lord. It is he who has enlightened you, who has brought back within the pale of religion the souls of the frivolous, and who has allowed each human being to distinguish between good and evil. His name and his acts are recorded in our sacred writings. And in reading of his wondrous existence, passed in the midst of an erring and wayward people, we weep at the horrible sin of the pagans who, after having tortured him, put him to death.”

Sunday, February 11, 2018

‘The Daemonic Mucosal’ - Patricia MacCormack

MacCormack’s illustrated lecture ‘The Daemonic Mucosal’ explores, via Irigaray and Deleuze and Guattari, the role of the vulvic fold, the mucosal and daemonic unions in chaos magick.

Patricia MacCormack is Professor of Continental Philosophy at Anglia Ruskin University. She is the author of Cinesexuality (2008) and Posthuman Ethics (2012), the editor of The Animal Catalyst: Toward Ahuman Theory (2014) and the co-editor of Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Cinema (2008) and Deleuze and the Animal (2017). MacCormack is also the co-founder of the occult-inspired club night Occulture in London.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Soulwax - Part of the Weekend Never Dies

Part of the Weekend Never Dies is a rockumentary film depicting the worldwide concert tour of the Belgian band Soulwax.

Director Saam Farahmand filmed Soulwax on their 2007 international tour dates, capturing all the excitement, chaos and humour of the world tour. Whereas the Beastie Boys filmed one gig with 50 cameras, Soulwax filmed 120 shows with one camera in Europe, Japan, the US, Latin America and Australia. This resulted in 2 films: a live music film and a documentary which includes 2manydj’s and Soulwax Nite Versions, and features James Murphy, Nancy Whang, Erol Alkan, Tiga, Boys Noize, Justice, Busy P, So-Me, Peaches, The Naked Guy, Kitsuné, Klaxons in behind the scenes footage, interviews and music.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

BBC The Story Of Skinhead - Don Letts

Documentary in which director and DJ Don Letts looks at a very particular and very provocative British subculture - skinhead. He explores how skinhead has become associated with street fighting, trouble on the football terraces and violent racism in the public consciousness in Britain and around the world, but reveals that its origins lie in a cultural coming together that could not be further from its tarnished image.

Don shows in fascinating detail how the roots of skinhead are in a brilliant cultural collision between the young white working-class kids and their Jamaican counterparts in British inner cities, a moment of multicultural harmony. He traces the history of skinhead from the late 60s to the present, looking at the music and styles of skinhead from the reggae-influenced ska to the punk-influenced Oi. Throughout Don meets people who were committed members of various skinhead scenes, and he considers the conflicts and the contradictions that skinhead has attracted over five decades.

Saturday, February 03, 2018


In the 1998 film above, Flâneur III: Benjamin’s Shadow, Danish director Torben Skjodt Jensen and writer Urf Peter Hallberg collaborate on an impressionistic black-and-white meditation on Paris, overlaid with Hallberg’s ruminations and quotations from Benjamin. Benjamin’s fascination with nineteenth-century Paris drove his massive, unfinished Arcades Project, an excavation of the inner workings of modernity. Where One Way Street is marked by a very dated 90’s aesthetic (which may look chic now that the decade’s back in fashion), the above film is both classical and modernist, a testament to the beauties and contradictions of Paris. I think in this respect, it is a more fitting tribute to the critical and contradictory aesthetic theory of Walter Benjamin. -- Open Culture

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Mind Control Made Easy

This is an educational training video for all you wannabe cult leaders out there courtesy of Mind Deprogramming Inc.

Tripping (1999 Ken Kesey / Merry Pranksters documentary)

Broadcast by Channel 4 in August 1999 in anticipation of Ken Kesey's trip to the UK for the total eclipse, this is a well constructed documentary look at Kesey, the Merry Pranksters, the bus trip, the Acid Tests and all the other fun they got up to. It features lots of great archive footage; contemporary (late 90s) footage filmed at Kesey's home and on the road with the latest bus; and interviews with the relevant (Hunter S. Thompson, subtitled!) and curious (Fatboy Slim?).

Monday, January 29, 2018

The Alchemists of Sound (2003)

This BBC documentary is a good introduction to the people responsible for creating some of the most memorable television and radio music in British popular culture.

The BBC's Radiophonic Workshop was set up in 1958, born out of a desire to create 'new kinds of sounds'. This documentary looks at this creative group from its inception, through its golden age when it was supplying music and effects for cult classics like Doctor Who, Blake's Seven and Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, and charts its fading away in 1995 when, due to budget cuts, it was no longer able to survive.

There are interviews with composers from the Workshop, as well as musicians and writers who have been inspired by the output. Great archive footage of the Workshop and its machinery is accompanied by excerpts of the, now cult, TV programmes that featured these sounds.

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Directed by Roger Pomphrey. Narrated by Oliver Postgate. Interviews/appearances by Roger Limb, Mark Ayres, Brian Hodgson, Desmond Briscoe, Maddalena Fagandini, Dick Mills, Adrian Utley, David Cain, Delia Derbyshire, Malcolm Clarke, Peter Kember, John Baker, Milton Babbitt, Huw Wheldon, Robert Popper, Peter Serafinowicz, Wendy Carlos, Peter Howell, Paddy Kingsland and Elizabeth Parker.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Antifa, a Documentary Film (2018)

Since the election of Donald Trump, acts of racist violence have proliferated across the United States. Racists and misogynists feel emboldened to express and act on their views. White nationalist groups and resurgent traditional white supremacist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan have used Trumps victory to gain new recruits. All that stands in their way are the groups of anarchists, communists, and socialists who have taken it upon themselves to prevent fascism from becoming a powerful political force in the United States. This film tells the story of what “Antifa” is and why people are using these tactics to confront racism and fascism in the US today.

Who are the anti-fascists? What motivates them to risk their lives to fight the far right? What is the history of militant anti-fascism and why is it relevant again today? How is anti-fascism connected to a larger political vision that can stop the rise of fascism and offer us visions of a future worth fighting for? Through interviews with anti-fascist organizers, historians, and political theorists in the US and Germany, we explore the broader meaning of this political moment while taking the viewer to the scene of street battles from Washington to Berkeley and Charlottesville.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Exarchia, a countercultural island in Athens

Exarchia is a district of Athens that is home to leftists and anarchists, poor people and intellectuals. Greece's economic crisis hit it hard. But solidarity and a culture of autonomy mean people have got together to help themselves and each other.