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Films & activism

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In recent months I run a quite intensive educational campaign by organizing a series of screenings of films involved politically and socially. They’re connected with lectures and discussions held after the screenings. Some of the movies I watched for the first time, and I think it is worth to mention a few titles, and post a short review. Perhaps it will be useful to other activists in their work.

Let me start by Bold Native, which to me is a big favorite. For me it’s the best film of 2010. The film tells the story of a member of Animal Liberation Front, wanted by the FBI, and his father (the CEO of one of the corporations) who is desperately trying to make contact with him. We find here a range of difficult questions and tough answers; we also find here the truth about the so-called. organic milk and organic eggs, vivisection, farming, etc. The film unobtrusively prompts to think over our choices, our commitment to the conformism based on suffering of thousands of animals. At the same it presents a number of controversial topics such as the use of violence against those involved in animal cruelty, the absurdity of vegetarianism, or double standards. All this is wrapped in a gripping story, excellent camera work, music and directing. I showed the movie twice already, and soon I will show it once again. Each time the reactions were very positive, people were touched, some even shocked, and most inspired by what they saw. A must-see-before-die for everyone!

The Economics Of Happiness is a documentary about globalization and its alternative, namely building a society based on the local economy, ecology and equity. The first part sets out the key features of globalization and its tragic impact on people’s lives in different parts of the world. We are talking about climate change, the environmental devastation, exploitation, drastic Western consumerism and the destruction of local cultures. The second part deals with aspects of local social life. The film presents a pretty interesting alternative, while explaining the mechanisms that can improve the lives of us all. The advantage of the film is a positive message, hope for change that moves between different sequences. The downside is a utopian belief or omission of fact which is familiar to most activists. Building egalitarian alternatives and opposing status quo is always connected with the reaction of corporate and political elites who seek to block any possibility of rejection of capitalism, corporatism, or the monetary system. Just to mention the Zapatistas struggle or Shell To Sea campaign in Ireland, which has been well documented in The Pipe movie and the book Once Upon A Time In The West. The lack of a theme for me is a big omission on the part of the filmmakers.

At the end, well-promoted another part of the Venus Project Zeitgeist: Moving Forward. Unfortunately, despite much promotion of it, this production is a disaster. We are dealing here with nearly three hours long document, which consists mainly interviews with people from diverse fields. Although quite interesting issues rose in the film, such as genetics, the monetary system and a more anti-capitalist expression of this (third) part, the film is simply boring. It’s more a propaganda tool of the Venus project. Futuristic solutions proposed by the authors do not convince viewers, often seem unreal and far from the expectations of people. In the discussion after the film it turned out that nobody liked it. It is worth noting that at least half of these people would have seen the previous parts. The only good aspect of the film is a thorough critique of neo-liberalism, the banking and monetary system. But I’m afraid it is all what it can offer.


Bold Native returns to Greystones!

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Bold Native will be returning to The Happy Pear in Greystones for an encore screening on March 12th! Also nutritionist Gosia Desmond will run a lecture after the screening.

Bold Native is a fiction feature film. Charlie Cranehill, an animal liberator wanted by the United States government for domestic terrorism, emerges from the underground to coordinate a nationwide action as his estranged CEO father tries to find him before the FBI does. The film simultaneously follows a young woman who works for an animal welfare organization fighting within the system to establish more humane treatment of farmed animals. From abolitionists to welfarists, Bold Native takes on the issue of modern animal use and exploitation from several angles within the context of a road movie adventure story.

After two successful screenings in Ireland we will be showing this amazing movie again. Also this time Gosia Desmond* will talk about practical nutritional strategies to avoid or survive deadly diseases using a vegan diet.

*About Gosia Desmond: Gosia has a degree in Nutritional Medicine from the University of West London and Masters in Dietetics from the Warsaw Medical University. She has also graduated from the Course in Nutritional Epidemiology from the Imperial College London. She is a nutritionist and a researcher at the Children’s Memorial Health Institute in Warsaw, and a nutritionist at the Carolina Medical Center in Warsaw, where she is setting up a Center of Nutritional Medicine.

12th of March 2011 (Saturday)
The Happy Pear
Church Road

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The test of civilization

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Why talk about animals again? THAT’S WHY. Once again, I came across a film made by PETA, which, unfortunately, is worth remembering. Unprecedented levels of cruelty to animals is enough reason to remind once again of their rights. In numerous laboratories around the world thousands of animals continue to suffer. The second thing is the naive belief of people on these tests. In my activist life I had many meetings and conversations with pretty intelligent people, who believed that animal tests are needed, that without them, humanity will fall and cruel scientists simply choose the lesser evil. Others felt that the animals are treated well, and indeed beyond the small experiments nothing wrong happens to them. In the end no one ever gave pregnant baboons foetuses nicotine by implanted tubes or didn’t break mice spinal columns, right? Of course, it was not bad will of my interlocutors but only lack of proper knowledge and the effect of corporate propaganda, which wants to convince people to this type of lie. The truth is such that animal testing is a obsolete method , more the heartless habit of industry than a real need. Also the research results are often unusable for humans. Scientists themselves admit that these methods are unnecessary bestiality and they can use modern technology. There are even experiments carried out in such obvious matters as the fact that alcohol harms foetuses or cigarette smoking really kills, or other completely trivial reasons. PETA video shows the reality of the laboratories. Tortured cats, monkeys, rabbits, mice, cats and other animals. PETA video shows abuse, absurdities and explains how it is redundant. Unfortunately, despite the overwhelming weight of evidence, documents, records, all these things still happen every day.

Since not much is changing and the industry continues to operate, we must fight even harder. The struggle for the liberation of animals is a moral obligation. It is a challenge thrown to the current system, which violates the rights of animals in the name of profit. It is a struggle against corporate cruelty and corruption of politicians, legalized by modern civilization. It is a war that must be won.

By the way, I found also another movie. About the other organization:

Written by Kruk

August 14, 2010 at 8:22 pm