Sunday, May 20, 2018

Europe after the Rain: Dadaism and Surrealism (full movie)

Produced by the Arts Council of Great Britain, c1978, 'Europe after the Rain'’ (from painting by same name, Max Ernst [1941]) examines Dada and Surrealism not simply as modern movements in the arts, but also as a history of ideas - emphasising the desire to unify political and psychological values with artistic creativity.

 Begins with birth of Dada in Zurich, Switzerland, against background of the First World War, then to the Surrealists. Describes how Dada und Surrealism attempted to transform the world and how they were transformed by it. Directed by Mick Gold.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

La città femminista non si sgombera! / The Feminist City will not be Evicted!

Rome, Spring 2018. In recent months, repression towards social centers in Rome has increased. Now also the feminist social spaces and women's anti-violence centers are at risk of being evicted. In this documentary we follow the feminist struggles in Rome and the feminist movement ”Non una di meno” in defense of these social spaces. The Municipality of Rome, despite an increasing structural violence in Italian society, wants to close the self-organized women’s anti-violence centers. These are often the only psychological and material support for women who want to find a path out of violence. We meet activists from various parts of the city.

From "Lucha y Siesta" in Cinecittà to the "Centrodonna LISA" in Tufello to "International House of Women" in Trastevere. We follow the movement in the streets, from the demonstration in Campidoglio to the occupation at the Policlinico hospital and the global women’s strike of the 8th March 2018. As the movement “Non una di meno” says: “We won’t stop: hands off the women’s house, we will defend it with our struggle! You cannot evict the feminist city”.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Malcolm Douglas - Across The Top (1968)

Made in 1967 it has become a classic Australian adventure film. The film shows Aboriginal tribal life in Arnhem Land and an incredible journey through the Gulf of Carpentaria and up Cape York.

Friday, May 04, 2018

The Story of American Slavery

Slavery as it was established in the colony and then maintained and expanded in the nation state of the United States, was a legal institution and entity. Slavery did not simply arise out of nowhere, to become a vital part of the economy. Slavery was a solution and a resource for the rich and powerful of the United States. Slavery brought untold suffering to untold millions. By the mid-1600s a child born to an enslaved woman was itself a slave, from birth. This is perhaps the greatest obscenity of a litany of cruel injustices that form the contours of slavery.

Kayne West described slavery as "a choice". The very idea is so flawed as to sound ridiculous. Slavery was an economy based on cruelty and law where human beings were traded and worked as chattels. Nothing else. 

Benjamin Zephaniah on Windrush, anarchism and his time in North Korea

Poet, writer and activist Benjamin Zephaniah talks to Krishnan Guru-Murthy about the Windrush scandal, how the political system should be torn down and why he spends so much time in China. 

Warning: offensive language.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

André BRETON – Documentaire légendaire : Passage Breton (1970)

Voici la publication du dimanche, jour dédié aux poètes contemporains :
Documentaire de Robert Benayoun,
produit par Michel Polac,
diffusé sur sur la deuxième chaîne de l'O.R.T.F.
le 19 avril 1970.
Participants : Salvador Dalí, Jean-Christophe Averty, Julien Gracq, André Pieyre de Mandiargues, Jean Schuster, José Pierre, Jacques Baron, Robert Lebel, Roberto Matta, Joyce Mansour, René Alleau et Man Ray.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Hitler's Children - Seduction Episode 1 of 5

How does en entire nation fall into step behind one man, as the symbol for an ideology and way of life? This documentary on the Hitler Youth movement provides some details regarding how a nation was willingly brainwashed and forged into a single ideological apparatus that was then geared for war.

Never has a generation been so completely taken over by a totalitarian state as was the case in Hitler´s Third Reich: at the age of 10 children joined the "Jungvolk" movement, at 14 they joined the Hitler Youth, and at 18 they joined the party, the "Wehrmacht", the SA, or the SS. This 5-part documentary by Guido Knopp and the ZDF Contemporary History Department is the first comprehensive film portrayal of the young people in the Third Reich. With in-depth witness statements and some previously unpublished archive material, the documentary demonstrates how Hitler succeeded in gaining power over "his children" through years of manipulation.

1. Seduction
2. Dedication
3. Education
4. Employment
5. Sacrifice

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sounds Of The West - Straight Outa Bristol (Wild Bunch/Massive Attack/Tricky/Postishead)

TV documentary series originally aired in 1996, entitled "Sounds Of The West", which examined the music being produced in the West of England.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Silvia Federici: Caliban and the Witch

This show presents an audiobook-ish experience, based on a talk by Silvia Federici about her book 'Caliban and the Witch'. This book talks about how the development of capitalism is deeply entwined with processes of accumulation which needs to mold and domesticate the bodies of women in specific ways. The politics of reproduction at stake in this historical study is still very much at work today, and this book provides an invaluable background to developing struggles around reproduction and care today.

A must for anyone interested in the connections between capitalism, gender and colonialism.

We recorded this in May 2013 in Vienna at the launch of the german translation of this book, published by Mandelbaum Verlag. Find a Pdf of the original English book here

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Tempest (2010)

The Tempest is a 2010 American film based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare, featuring Helen Mirren in the principal role of Prospera. The film is directed by Julie Taymor and premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2010.

Although The Tempest received generally unfavorable reviews from critics, Sandy Powell received her ninth Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design. Shakespeare's epic play is translated from page to screen, with the gender of the main character, Prospero, changed from male to female.

Apart from Russell Brand's over acting I think it is a fine work, comparable to Peter Greenaway or Derek Jarman but done with a greater attention to the fantastic possibilities of magical space.