Tomorrow: Updates from Protest Movements in Spain and Greece (tent cities, occupations, and popular assemblies)
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Please join us tomorrow for a report-back and screening of footage hot off the press from the tent-city occupations, protests, and democratic popular assemblies throughout Spain and Greece in recent weeks.
The mass uprisings that rocked Egypt, Tunisia and countries throughout North Africa and the Middle East have inspired a generation of "crisis children" in Europe. Since the May 15th revolt in Madrid, daily protests across the continent have brought hundreds of thousands to the streets in protest of austerity measures, privatization and cuts in social services, precarious working conditions and mass unemployment.
Filmmaker and activist Inés Massa, in town this week from Spain, will share video footage and an insider's perspective from life inside the Barcelona encampment, where thousands self-organized through popular assemblies in recent weeks, creating "city camp" infrastructure that included catering, cleaning facilities, online and mobile communications stations, live-streaming, legal counsel and a library.
We will also be joined by journalist and filmmaker Brandon Jourdan, who will offer a multimedia presentation on how Greek people have organized occupations, popular assemblies, general strikes, riots, sabotage and daily tactics of refusal to battle against the troika’s (EU/IMF/ECB) economic structural adjustment programs. The presentation will summarize how an increasingly radical protest culture developed during the US-sponsored Greek military junta of 1967-1974 and during the subsequent transition to 'democracy' known as Metapolitefsi which has now led, along with increased unemployment and precarity, to strong mobilizations against the economic crisis in Greece.
Jourdan will also show how social spaces and the urban design of Athens have contributed to this tradition of revolt and play a large role in the current uprising. The presentation will include short films, photos, YouTube clips, and a video update from Antonis Vradis, who is part of the Occupied London collective that runs a blog presenting daily English updates on the Greek revolt live from the streets.
Monday, June 13, 7:30pm
Report-backs from #SpanishRevolution and #GreekRevolution
at NO↔SPACE (formerly called The Change You Want To See Gallery)
84 Havemeyer St, at Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn NY 11211
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Inés Massa is a graduate in Advertisement although she has directed her professional career towards filmmaking. Having Barcelona and Buenos Aires as her two central workspaces, she is gradually constructing her career as a producer, filmmaker, and writer. She is currently based in Barcelona, working in the development of a documentary film about Angolan identity. She has been actively participating in the SpanishRevolution since it first started, documenting along with a vast team, both the internal functioning of the square and all the actions and happenings related to this national social movement in Barcelona.
Brandon Jourdan is an award-winning independent filmmaker, journalist, and writer. Jourdan has contributed to the NY Times, CNN, Babelgum, Reuters, Deep Dish TV, Democracy Now!, the Independent Media Center, Now with Bill Moyers, Foreign Exchange, and Free Speech Television. His films have played at the Museum of Modern Art, the 2006 Whitney Biennial, and film festivals around the world. Recently, his work for Democracy Now and the Huffington Post has focused on student and worker reactions to austerity measures following the financial crisis.
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