First Earth, 20th Sept

Posted On August 3, 2010

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First Earth is about a massive paradigm shift for shelter—building
healthy houses in the old ways, out of the very earth itself, and
living together like in the old days, by recreating villages. An
audiovisual manifesto filmed over four years on four continents, it
proposes that earthen homes are the healthiest housing in the world;
and that since it still takes a village to raise a healthy child, we
must transform our suburban sprawl into eco-villages.

First Earth is not a how-to film, but a why-to film. It establishes
the appropriateness of earthen building in every cultural context,
under all socio-economic conditions, from third-world communities to
first-world countryside, from Arabian deserts to American urban
jungles. In the age of collapse and converging emergencies, the
solution to many of our ills might just be getting back to basics, for
material reasons and for spiritual reasons, both personal and
political.

Hunger, Sept 13th

Posted On August 3, 2010

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Hunger is a 2008 film about the 1981 Irish hunger strike. It is
written by Enda Walsh and Steve McQueen, who also directed. It was
made by Blast! Films and commissioned by Channel 4 and Film4. It
premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, winning the prestigious
Caméra d’Or award for first-time filmmakers. It went on to win the
Sydney Film Prize, best picture by the Evening Standard British Film
Awards, and received 2 BAFTA nominations, winning one. The film was
also nominated for 8 awards at the 2009 IFTA’s winning 6 at the event.
So it should be good!
Hunger was turned down by the Irish Film Board but has gone on to be
one of the most successful Irish films. The film stars Michael
Fassbender as Bobby Sands, the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA)
volunteer who led the 1981 Irish hunger strike and participated in the
no wash protest (led by Brendan “The Dark” Hughes) in which Republican
prisoners tried to regain political status. It dramatises events in
the Maze prison in the period leading up to the hunger strike and
Sands’ death.

Carefree Vacant Property, 6th Sept

Posted On August 3, 2010

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A documentary film followed by a question and answer session with the film maker. In the Documentary Carefree vacant property (Leegstand zonder zorgen) seven Dutch tenants of the 2 largest anti-squat agencies, Camelot property management and Ad Hoc property management, are followed to investigate the consequences of living in a house without tenancy rights. Who uses the services of anti-squat agencies?

How do politicians, housing experts, lawyers and other people involved in vacant property management judge this rising phenomenon?

The documentary makes visible this hidden reality and tries to stir up the debate around what are better ways of dealing with empty properties.

Anti-squat agencies are rapidly spreading in Europe and are already active in The Netherlands England, Belgium France Germany and Ireland.

Carefree Vacant Property, 6th Sept.

Posted On July 23, 2010

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A documentary film followed by a question an danswer session with the film maker.
In the Documentary Carefree vacant property (Leegstand zonder zorgen ) 7
Dutch tenants of the 2 largest anti-squat agencies, Camelot property
management and Ad Hoc property management, are followed to investigate the
consequences of living in a house without tenancy rights. Who uses the
services of anti-squat agencies? How do politicians, housing experts,
lawyers and other people involved in vacant property management judge this
rising phenomenon?

Temporary tenants/guardians, who are often unable to find a home on the
housing market, are placed in empty buildings to prevent squatting and
disrepair. By becoming guardians, tenants find themselves in a position
where they have almost no rights. For instance, the special type of
‘’licence agreement’’ stipulated can be ended without any reason at two
weeks notice, the domestic peace is not respected, people may not throw
parties and may not talk to the press without prior permission.  More than
30 rules violate the European Convention of Human Rights.

The documentary makes visible this hidden reality and tries to stir up the
debate around what are better ways of dealing with empty properties.

In The Netherlands the documentary has stirred a big public debate in
parliament and in the media.

Anti-squat agencies are rapidly spreading in Europe and are already active
in The Netherlands England, Belgium France Germany and Ireland.

Aug 30th Skintrade

Posted On July 22, 2010

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What would you do if you found out the “faux” fur trim on your neck was really made of dog fur? How far will the fur industry go to get you to buy real fur? Skin Trade takes you on a journey from the birth of the fur industry as fashion through the current trends, misconceptions, and lies perpetrated upon unknowing consumers. Voices from the underground, celebrities, historians, native americans, activists, designers, fashion icons and experts weigh in on the current use of of fur as fashion, which inevitably begs the question, “Why are animals still being killed for fashion?”

The Cove, Monday July 12th

Posted On July 7, 2010

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In a sleepy lagoon off the coast of Japan lies a shocking secret that a few desperate men will stop at nothing to keep hidden from the world. In Taiji, Japan, former dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry has come to set things right after a long search for redemption. In the 1960s, it was O’Barry who captured and trained the 5 dolphins who played the title character in the international television sensation “Flipper.” One fateful day, a heartbroken Barry came to realize that these deeply sensitive, highly intelligent and self-aware creatures must never be subjected to human captivity again. This mission has brought him to Taiji, a town that appears to be devoted to the wonders and mysteries of the sleek, playful dolphins and whales that swim off their coast. But in a remote, glistening cove, surrounded by barbed wire and “Keep Out” signs, lies a dark reality. It is here, under cover of night, that the fishermen of Taiji, driven by a multi-billion dollar dolphin entertainment industry and an underhanded market for mercury-tainted dolphin meat, engage in an unseen hunt. The nature of what they do is so chilling and the consequences are so dangerous to human health that they will go to great lengths to halt anyone from seeing it. Film starts at 7.30pm.

The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, July 19th

Posted On July 6, 2010

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The Rise of Disaster Capitalism features Naomi Klein explaining the ideas and research behind her bestselling book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. In this riveting lecture and interview, Klein challenges and exposes the popular myth of the free market economy’s peaceful global victory. Around the world there are people with power who are cashing in on chaos, exploiting bloodshed and catastrophe to brutally implement their policies. They are the shock doctors. From Chile in 1973 to Iraq today, this is the chilling tale of how a few are making a killing while more are getting killed.

Big Noise Dispatches 6, Aug 16th

Posted On July 2, 2010

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Wars crush our humanity. Defeats splinter our movements. Corporate media turns a blind eye to our mounting crises and a cynical one to the people who stand up against them. Against a tide of ignorance, isolation and cynicism, Big Noise Dispatches take you around the world to look war and crisis in the face, but also to witness a shared struggle for survival and dignity in this time of violence.

Jeremy Scahill investigates Blackwater’s role in the Nisur Square massacre, Greg Palast tracks American debt speculators to Liberia, Big Noise goes inside the resurgent white power movement in America, and we visit East St. Louis.

  • Blackwater’s Youngest Victim
    Jeremy Scahill’s exclusive report on the last man standing between Blackwater and impunity for the mercenary company’s role in the massacre of Iraqi civilians in Nisur Square, Iraq. (22 min)
  • Vulture Funds Attack Liberia
    Greg Palast travels to Liberia to uncover a scam by American debt speculators to take millions from one of the poorest countries on the planet. But when we showed up to ask them about it at their office in New York, it seemed to have. . . disappeared. (7min)
  • White Power USA
    From skinheads to border militias to the right wing of the “Tea Party Movement”, Big Noise takes a disturbing inside look at the resurgence of white nationalism in America. (22 min)
  • East St. Louis
    Can residents of East St. Louis save their town? Or has it become obsolete – a warning to all American cities facing de-industrialization? (26 min)

‘Pinelli Assassinato: Bombs, Blood and Capital’. 9th Aug

Posted On July 2, 2010

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A film about the infamous 1969 death in custody of Italian anarchist and prisoner support  activist,  Giuseppe ‘Pino’ Pinelli. Includes great images of long haired anarchos of the 60’s!

Favella Rising, 2nd August

Posted On July 2, 2010

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FAVELA RISING documents a man and a movement, a city divided and a favela (Brazilian squatter settlement) united. Haunted by the murders of his family and many of his friends, Anderson Sá is a former drug-trafficker who turns social revolutionary in Rio de Janeiro’s most feared slum. Through hip-hop music, the rhythms of the street, and Afro-Brazilian dance he rallies his community to counteract the violent oppression enforced by teenage drug armies and sustained by corrupt police.
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