Oct 11th at EXIT
ART 475 Tenth ave between 36th and 37th street, NY, NY
will be a $5 admission charge for 7:30 screening
4 -5:30 Revolutionary Worker's Struggles on Film
Finally Got the News, League of Revolutionary
Black Workers, 1970, rt 55 (Shown on 16mm)
McStrike-Paris Victor Muh, 2005, rt
-10:30 Peasants Struggles in Japan*
Introduction by Sabu Kohso, writer and activist, Barbara Hammer,
Narita: The Peasants of the Second Fortress,
1971, rt 143 min, Japanese w/English subtitles
*Screening co-sponsored by Asian/Pacific/American Institute and
Tisch Department of Photography & Imaging at NYU in conjunction
with The Uses of 1968: Legacies of Art and Activism Symposium and
1968: Then and Now Exhibition
Oct 12th at 16BEAVER 16 Beaver Street, Fourth Floor, New
York, NY 10004
donation a day to cover bagels, coffee, and dinner
12:00 - 1:00 Coffee and Bagels
1:00 - 1:30 Introduction and Welcome
Re-Framing Signs of Change: Focus on Documentary Media
The curators and organizers of the event will introduce the general
ideas and format for the weekend's screenings and discussions.
4:00 Movement Media: Radical Form/Radical Politics
session will examine some of the "greatest hits" of political non-fiction
film that are frequently invoked when talking about social documentary
or revolutionary cinema. Departing from a traditional screening
format, the program will
consist of a series of clips from the work of Adam Curtis,
Solanas and Getino, Chris Marker, DIVA TV, and a number of other
"revolutionary" film and videomakers. This collection of work was
chosen to highlight the relation between form and politics
in media production and to provide an opening frame for raising
questions about the form and function of media in relation to movements.
The discussion will be facilitated by
4:00 - 4:30 coffee break
4:30-7:30 Speaking Out Against
Queen Mother Moore at Green Haven Prison,
1971, Peoples Communication
Network 15 min
Winter Soldier, Winter Film
Collective, 1972, 96 min
Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan,
Big Noise Films, 2008, 30 min
Port Huron Project 4: Ceasar Chavez,
Mark Tribe, 2008
8:00 pm Dinner and a Movie
Stronger than Before, Women's Video
Collective, 1983, 26 minutes
4th World War, Big Noise Films, 2003,
Oct 13th at 16BEAVER 16 Beaver Street, Fourth Floor, New
York, NY 10004
to cover bagels, coffee, and dinner
12-1:00 Coffee and Bagel Brunch
1:00- 1:30 Re-Introduction: Discussion and Re-Cap
1:30 -4:00 Artists & Action: Documents of
Happy Anniversary San Francisco, March 20-21,
2003, 2004, Benj
Gerdes, 4:30 min
What the Fuck Are These Red Squares?
Kartemquin Films, 1970, 15min
Five Days for Peace, Nils Vest, 1973,
37 min, US Premiere
More works TBA
**Nils Vest and Benj Gerdes will be present for the
4:30 coffee break
4:30 - 6:30 Dispatches from The Counter-Globalization
Crowd Bites Wolf, Guerrilla Vision
2001, 30 min
A Very Big Train called the Other Campaign,
Chiapas Media Project, 2006, 39 minutes
What Would It Mean to Win?,
Zanny Begg & Oliver Ressler, 2008, 40 min, US Premiere
7:30 Dinner and One More Movie
Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance,
Alanis Obomsawin, 1993, 119 min
Very Big Train Called The Other Campaign / Un tren muy grande que se llama:
La Otra Campaña
(2006, 39:00 minutes, Chiapas Media Project, Spanish with English subtitles,
courtesy of Chiapas Media Project/Promedios)
This video was produced by indigenous video makers from four of the five
Zapatista Caracoles in Chiapas, Mexico. It documents the 2006 planning
and organizing of the Other Campaign. This was a campaign by the Zapatista
Army of National Liberation to build a self-governing national infrastructure.
For over a decade, the Chiapas Media Project has partnered with indigenous
and campesino (farm worker) communities in Chiapas and Guerrero, Mexico
to provide video production and computer equipment and training.
(2001, 22:00 minutes, Guerillavision, NonCommercial-ShareAlike
Part fictive-narrative, part protest-documentary, Crowd Bites Wolf tells
the story of the protest against the 2001 meeting of the International
Monetary Fund in Prague, Czech Republic.
Finally Got the New
(1970, 55:00 minutes, 16mm, League of Revolutionary Black
Workers, Stewart Bird, Rene Lichtman and Peter Gessner, courtesy of the
American Friends’ Service Committee)
A Newsreel crew heads to Detroit to document the League of Revolutionary
Black Workers. The League decides to take the means of production into
their own hands to represent themselves and their struggle. The League
of Revolutionary Black Workers came out of the autonomous organizing of
Black unions in Detroit-based automotive plants which included DRUM (Dodge
Revolutionary Union Movement) and CRUM (Chrysler Revolutionary Union Movement).
The League critiqued the racist practices of the United Auto Workers and
called for an analysis of the role of the Black working class in revolutionary
struggles in the United States.
Days for Peace (US Premiere)*
(1973, 37:00 minutes, Nils Vest, courtesy of Christiania, Copenhagen)
In Five Days for Peace, the members of SOLVOGNEN — the theater collective
from the squatted free town of Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark — dress
as North American Treaty Organization (NATO) troops and perform “military”
operations in Copenhagen during the NATO Summit.
*FILMMAKER WILL BE PRESENT
(2003, 76:00 minutes, Big Noise Films, courtesy of Big Noise
This documentary takes viewers around the world--Mexico, Argentina, South
Africa, Palestine, Korea, Italy, Afghanistan, and Iraq--to reveal people
fighting against war and corporate domination. Big Noise Films is a volunteer
media collective that was first established to document the Zapatista
uprising in Chiapas, Mexico and has continued making social movement media
San Francisco, March 20-21, 2003*
(2004, 4:30 min, 2004, Benj Gerdes)
This video was shot part of a collective effort to videotape anti-war
direct action protests in San Francisco during the first two days of the
war on Iraq. Most of the video shot over this two day period was
initially used as documentation for legal rather than media/documentary
purposes. In this edit, every clip is the same length. They
are shown in the order they were recorded in order to challenge more common
activist editing techniques that imitate mainstream television pacing,
and thus ask something different of the audience.
*FILMMAKER WILL BE PRESENT
270 Years of Resistance
(1993, 01:59:00 minutes, Alanis Obomsawin, courtesy of Bullfrog
This documentary covers the two and half month armed stand-off between
members of the Mohawk Nation, the Québec police, and the Canadian army.
The Mohawks are fighting to keep their land as a commons against the development
interests of a private golf course.
(4:05 min, 2005, Victor Muh Precarity DVD -Magazine Made
In collaboration with: P2Pfightsharing Crew www.fightsharing.net, Greenpepper
Project, Amsterdam wwww.greenpeppermagazine.org, and Candida TV, Roma
McDonald's workers go on strike in Paris, occupying their workplace
(a McDonald's restaurant) for six months.
Media: Radical Form/Radical Politics
The Movement Media program will include selections from:
Solanas and Getino Hour of The Furnaces
The Power of Nightmares
Chris Marker Grin
without a Cat
Peasants of the Second Fortress / Sanrizuka: Dainitoride No Hitobito
(1971, 02:23:00 minutes, Shinsuke Ogawa/Ogawa Productions, Japanese with
English subtitles, courtesy of the Athénée Français Cultural Center)
Introduced by Sabu Kohso, Japan-born writer and activist,
and Barbara Hammer, filmmaker.
'In Japan, guerilla film activity reached high intensity during the
war (Vietnam).The use made of Japan as a conduit for Vietnam war supplies
generated strong anti-government feelings and many 'protest films.'...It
now saw such powerful films as the Sanrizuka series- three feature length
films. The heavy air traffic through Japan-swollen by the war-hap prompted
a 1966 decision to build a new international airport for Tokyo.The area
chosen, Sanrizuka, was occupied by farmers who were determined to block
seizures of their lands. For four years, the film maker Shinsuke Ogawa
documented their struggle, which reached its climax in the third film,
The Peasants of the Second Fortress. Here we see resistance turning into
a pitched battle with riot police as farm women chain themselves to impoverished
stockades, and students join the struggle for anti-government, anti-war
motives. Ogawa, patiently recording the growth of resistance...achieved
an extraordinary social document, and one of the most potent of protest
films' - Erik Barnouw, Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film,
(Oxford University Press, 1974)
Ogawa Productions was a Japanese filmmaking collective that
was founded in the 1960’s, It was directed by Ogawa Shinsuke.
After making films about the student movement, the collective
moved to Sanrizuka to cover the struggle against the building
of the Narita Airport. While there, they made eight films covering
Huron Project 4: Ceasar Chavez, Mark Tribe, 2008, 5 minutes
Part of a series of re-enactments of "New Left"
speeches from the late 60's and early 70's, this video documents
a performance by Ricardo Dominguez of an important speech made
by Ceasar Chavez, the leader of the United Farm Workers Union,
in 1971. Organized by Mark Tribe, this project seeks to call
attention to the resonances between past political action and
protest speeches and contemporary political situations.
The re-enactment took place in July of 2008 at the original
site where Chavez delivered his speech in which he connected
the war in Vietnam to the struggles of farm workers and issues
of domestic violence in the United States.
Mother Moore Speech at Green Haven Prison
(1973, 17:00 minutes, People’s Communication Network [co-founded
by Elaine Baly and Bill Stevens], courtesy of Chris Hill and
Think Tank, a self-organized group of prisoners at Green Haven
Prison, coordinated a community day with outside activists.
This tape captures a powerful speech by one of the guest speakers:
Queen Mother Moore, a follower of Marcus Garvey, founder of
the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities
League (UNIA-ACL). People's Communication Network, a community
video group founded by Bill Stevens, documented the event for
cablecast in New York City.
(1983, 27:00 minutes, the Boston Women’s Video
Collective, courtesy of the Boston Women’s Video Collective)
This film documents the militant actions and creative activities
of the Women’s Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice
in Seneca, New York in 1983.
Although the Boston Women’s Video Collective was formed specifically
to document this encampment, they continued producing video
projects after it closed.
the Fuck are These Red Squares?
(1970, 15:00 minutes, Kartemquin Film Collective,
courtesy of Kartemquin Films)
Documentary of students during a "revolutionary seminar" at
the Art Institute of Chicago during the 1970 national student
strike that was call in response to the invasion of Cambodia
and the killing of students at Kent and Jackson State Universities.
The students raised questions related to artists' roles in a
capitalist economic system, such as: "Is it possible not to
be co-opted, as ‘radical’ as one’s art may be? What are the
connections between money and art in America? Between the ‘New
York Scene’ and the rest of the country?” Kartemquin Films,
best known for its award-winning documentary Hoop Dreams (1994),
was once known as Kartemquin Film Collective. The collective
made social and politically charged films about various issues
in Chicago including labor, gentrification, and student protests.
They also collaborated with members of Newsreel.
Would It Mean to Win?
(2008, 40:00 minutes, German and English, Zanny
Begg and Oliver Ressler, courtesy of
the artists) (US Premiere)
This film — shot at the G8 Summit protests in Heiligendamm,
Germany in June 2007 — asks activists in the counter-globalization
movement to answer the question: 'What would it mean to win?'
Featuring interviews with protestors and with John Holloway,
whose 2002 book Change the World Without Taking Power
was influential to the movement.
(1972, 96:00 minutes, Winter Film Collective)
Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) organized the "Winter
Soldier Investigation" in the winter of 1971. Veterans
from all over the United States came together in Michigan to
talk about their experiences in Vietnam and to give eye-witness
testimony of the war crimes and atrocities that they witnessed
and participated in. This film captures the discussions
before, during and after the official "hearing" and displays
the impact of the war's brutality on the American GI's.
A document of the Anti-War movement, the film chronicles some
of the difficulties that the organizers faced and the film itself
had a hard time finding an audience in the US at the time of
its production. In collaboration with the VVAW, a number of
filmmakers came together to document the "Winter Soldier Investigation"
and to make a film, the group called itself Winterfilm. Collectively
and anonymously, they filmed the proceedings and then edited
their footage into a powerful piece that was conceived as an
organizing tool. The film screened at a number of film festivals
in Europe as well.
Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan
(2008, 30:00 minutes, Big Noise Films, courtesy
of Big Noise Films)
In 2008, Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) restaged the Winter
Soldier hearings to testify to the world the injustices of the