Recently restored to its original version [coming to cinemas on 29 April 2011], Sergei Eisenstein's groundbreaking film portraits the uprising on the Russian Battleship Potemkin against the officers of the Tsarist regime. There are few scenes in cinema as striking and memorable as that pram careering down the Odessa steps or the cannons of fellow battleships going down to signal their joining the revolution. Edmund Meisel's original orchestral score accentuates the excellent conception of rhythm and the innovative editing style.
012 Pearls on the Ocean Floor - a film by Robert Adanto (excerpts, 2009)
Shadi Ghadarian is one of the most celebrated contemporary Iranian photographers of her generation. Known for her images of Qajar portraits and colored patterned chadors juxtaposed with domestic appliances, Ghadirian is responsible for a body of work which is simultaneously ironic and political. All works are expressing the difficulties women face in Iran today, torn between tradition and modernity.
Heinemann's film crew travelled extensively throughout Bangladesh, meeting scores of poor microloan takers. According to Heinemann, almost every loan taker interviewed told the same story. All had multiple loans in various micro credit banks and organisations and all interviewed had a hard time trying to pay back their loans. Some had sold their houses, while others had had the tin-sheets pulled from their houses, to cover their weekly payments.
NOTE: Every time practices at Grameen Bank are scrutinized, uncomfortable stories emerge. Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, chairman of PKSF, a body that monitors microfinance, describes micro-credit as a death trap for the poor. His organization's survey of 2,500 borrowers (99% of them women) concluded microfinance had been grossly oversold. His study revealed the effective rate of interest charged by microfinance institutions, including Grameen Bank, was as high as 30-45%.
Video of Patrick Meier's presentation at Re:publica 2011 for anyone interested in learning more about new media, crowdsourcing, crisis mapping, live maps, crisis response, civil resistance, digital activism and check-in's. Meier draws on his experience with Ushahidi and the Standby Volunteer Task Force (SBTF) and shares examples from Kenya, Haiti, Libya, Japan, the US and Egypt to illustrate how live maps can change the world. Meier may be followed on his blog iRevolution.
016 Engaging Change in the Middle East: Reflections on Regional Transformation (American University of Beirut, 07 Apr 2011)
Rami Zurayk is Professor of Land and Water Resources at American University of Beirut (AUB). This lecture was delivered at the Bathish Auditorium, West Hall, AUB on 7 April 2011. An edited partial transcript is available at MR Zine. Zurayk speaks on the relationship between food and the recent uprisings in many Arab countries. Read Zurayk's blog Land and People. Zurayk may also be followed on Twitter.
017 Al Nakba: 1799-1947 Threads of the Conspiracy and Crushing the Revolution (documentary, Part 1 & 2; 2008)
This is the four-part 200 minute documentary telling the story of the Palestinian Nakba ("cataclysm" or "catastrophe") when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were expelled from their homes and land for creation of the State of Israel. As the film states, "the Tragedy did not start in forty-eight, it did not end in forty-eight." And so the series covers events from the 18th century to 1948 and beyond to contemporary time. The series was prepared and directed by Rawan Al Damen, produced by Al Jazeera Satellite TV, and filmed in six countries, including Palestine, both within and outside the Green Line.
019 From Tar Sands to Tankers: The Battle to Stop Enbridge, Inc. (campaign video, 18 Sep 2010)
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