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(en) US, Chicago Anarchist Film Festival, May 1-4, 2003".

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Wed, 30 Apr 2003 11:25:49 +0200 (CEST)

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> 4th Annual Chicago Anarchist Film Festival runs May 1-4 in Wicker Park.
Selections for the four nights of screenings come from
mainstream, mass-released features, rediscovered classics,
and the efforts of filmmakers engaged in social change.
Each night of the event offers a selection of videos and
clips that are grouped according to theme. The organizers
of the four-day Festival welcome anarchists, the
anarcho-curious, anarcho-friendly, and others to enjoy the

Film raises issues of vital concern to anarchists. As art
and propaganda, it challenges social/political conventions
and connects viewers with the larger anarchist movement.
Film's ideological role has long been exploited by the
current order. The spectacle of Hollywood reaches into the
lives of millions of individuals in the United States and
around the world.

But film and video has also democratized the means of mass
communication. The creative work of the director, the
editor, and the actor need not reproduce the hierarchies of
auteur cinema. Collective models of production,
overlapping creative roles, and intellectually demanding
work contribute to a collection of films providing rich
material for the Anarchist Film Festival.

All screenings are at Buddy, 1542 N. Milwaukee, 2nd level
from 6:30-9:30pm. Films projected from VHS or DVD. A
donation of $5, more if you can, less if you can’t,
requested each night. Program subject to change. For
additional information, contact Chicago Anarchist Film
Festival organizers: www.anarchistfilmfest.org •
filmfest@azone.org • 773/862-1011.

Program highlights:

Thursday May 1 War + Resistance

Can Dialectics Break Bricks?
Directed by Rene Vienet (excerpt)
Guy DeBord as a martial arts movie. Good guys against the
bad guys. Bricks fly.

Aftermath: Unanswered Questions From 911
Directed by Guerilla News Network, 20 minutes, 2002
With the increasing controversy surrounding the federal
probe into the September 11 terrorist attacks, GNN
pre-empts the government and conducts its own truth
commission with 9 people responding to 11 questions.
Musical artist Paris provides music and voice over.

Jenin, Jenin
Directed by Mohamed Bakri, 54 minutes, 2002
Banned in Israel, “Jenin, Jenin” is dedicated to Iyad
Samudi, the producer of the film, who returned home to
Yamun after the shooting of the film was completed. On June
23, as Israel forces besieged Yamun, Samudi was shot and

Journey to Palestine*/**
Directed by Alexy Lanza, 23 minutes, 2002
Interviews with Palestinians describing the destruction and
repression by Israel during the intifada of 2002. Local
activist and filmmaker Alexy Lanza will attend. This film
is a works in progress.

The Weather Underground*
Directed by Sam Green and Bill Siegel, 91 minutes, 2002
As the Vietnam War escalates, young militants raise the
costs of war. Lots of archival footage, Chicago scenes.
Lily Taylor provides voiceovers.

Friday May 2 Culture + Community

Bums’ Paradise*
Directed by Tomas McCabe and Andrie Rozen, 53 minutes, 2002
A “town” is born on the Albany, California landfill. The
filmmakers hand over a camera to a resident and
incorporates an insider’s point of view as the landfill
community is threatened with eviction.

Emma Goldman: the Anarchist Guest*
Directed by Coleman Romalis, 41 minutes, 2000
Anarchist Emma Goldman is deported from the U.S. but
eventually finds a home in Toronto, Canada.

Queen of the Loop*
Directed by Hope Tucker, 30 minutes
Hope follows five women working as bike messangers in

Radio Campesino**
Directed by Vicky Cerventes, 12 minutes
Chicago activists help establish a radio project in

Well Done. Now Sod Off
Directed by Ben Unwin
What to say to Chumbawamba next time (as if!) they score a
hit. A mix of archive material and live footage of the
anarchist group Chumbawamba from the last two decades, but
mostly from post-tubthumping.

Saturday May 3 Movements + Rebellion

Barricade Number Nine*
Directed by Dan Roy, 38 minutes, 2001
Direct Action and No Compromise meet Crowd Control and
Non-lethal Police Tools. So, if the police are the only
ones with guns, why do they look so damned scared?

End of the Nightstick
Torture and police brutality, Chicago-style.

Reclaiming Justice**
Directed by Carlos Efrain Perez, 2002
Guerrero community forms a council and creates an
alternative security/protection service to counter state

Directed by Mathieu Kassowitz, 95 minutes, 1995
Three underclass friends, a Jew, an Arab, and an African
are pitted against police and Paris society after a friend
is shot by cops. French with English subtitles.

Sunday May 4 Becoming More

This is Nowhere*
Directed by Doug Hawes-Davis, 20 minutes (excerpt), 2002
A collection of interviews and artful camera work that
examines the lives and lifestyles of people who live in RVs
parked on Wal-Mart parking lots. The travellers claim that
they are living life, seeing America and experiencing
freedom. What we see looks a lot like...a parking lot.

Return of the Scorcher
Directed by Ted White, 28 minutes, 1992
In the 1890s before automobiles ruled the roads, bicyclists
were referred to as "Scorchers" because of their blazing
speed. Shot on location in China, the Netherlands, Denmark
and the U.S., Return of the Scorcher explores the culture
of the bicycle, touching on a variety of subjects,
including romance, rebellion, feminism and sustainability.

Beautiful People
Directed by Jasmin Dizdar, 1999
It is beautiful to see and experience breaking the rules in
ways that bring people together-- rules of class and
culture and position and age and family. The war in Kosovo
touches all of the characters, whether directly or

*Chicago Premier
**Filmmaker present

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