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(en) US, V for Vendetta is about ANARCHY - update

Date Tue, 14 Mar 2006 11:16:22 +0200

Anarchists: This Friday marks the beginning of our most important opportunity in
decades to communicate with millions about the possibility of a world
without capitalism or coercion.
On Friday, March 17, 2006, the long awaited film version of Alan Moore’s
classic graphic novel, V for Vendetta, will premier throughout the US. V
for Vendetta is the story of an anarchist who dismantles a fascist state
through propaganda of the deed, inspiring the masses to revolt with a
vision of building an anarchist future. The book’s protagonist does not
simply promote vague anti-authoritarianism or nondescript appeals to
“question authority” but explicitly and compellingly calls for the
masses to eliminate the state and replace it with anarchy.
Unsurprisingly, this radical message has been lost in the translation to
Hollywood’s watered-down film version. Warner Bros. presents a hero
rebelling against fascism and advocating “freedom”, yet never suggests
that until the state is destroyed, no one will truly be free. Alan
Moore has described the script of the film as “rubbish” and had demanded
that his name be removed from it.

Time and again, anarchists have seen our message distorted, our comrades
martyred, and our stories erased by the corporate and governmental
servants of the ruling class. We cannot allow this to happen again!

An ad hoc group of anarchists in New York City have launched
AforAnarchy.com, a website and education campaign designed to reinject
anarchist politics into V for Vendetta and radicalize audiences of the

We are calling for anarchists everywhere to use the film as an
opportunity for education and dialogue. Through the use of literature,
speakouts, lit tables, and street theater outside movie theaters showing
the film, we can inspire moviegoers leaving the film to join the fight
for a stateless society. In New York, we will begin doing these things
at sneak previews on March 16th and will continue at theaters for the
duration of the films’s run in theaters.

To this end, we have created a number of ideas and tools that we hope
you will find helpful. (Further information and downloads can be found
at AforAnarchy.org in the Contact & Press section):

* We have prepared a flyer to distribute at your local movie theater
where V is showing revealing the graphic novel’s anarchist
politics and encouraging moviegoers to embrace anarchy. We’ve
deliberately kept the politics fairly general in an attempt to
create a document that can represent anarchists of all tendencies.
Feel free to modify it to suit the needs of your local community.
And of course, if you don’t like this flyer, by all means, create
one that you prefer.

* Engage audience through costumed role playing of “deleted
scenes”—acting out portions of the graphic novel where V speaks in
support of anarchy.

* We have designed sticker mock-ups to promote the website that you
can download, print on sticker paper, and stick all sorts o places. Of course, we DO NOT suggest that you put them on V for
Vendetta movie ads, as this would be vandalism, and vandalism is
against the law.

* While many of us are skeptical of the corporate and in some cases
even the alternative media, they can be a powerful vehicle for
getting the attention of large numbers of people. While we
obviously can’t expect them to accurately represent our entire
message, we can at least use them to pique people’s curiosity and
drive people to the website, where we can present an unfiltered
message, To this end, we have prepared a model press release
available on the website that you can send to your local media
documenting your V for Vendetta related outreach activities., and
will be sending a national press release, which can include
information on your local actions if you email it to
adam@wetlands-preserve.org <mailto:adam@wetlands-preserve.org>.

We invite you to use these resources and join us in any or all of the
actions listed above. Our hope is to gain a nationwide, significant, and
unsuspected response to the film’s release that will lead moviegoers to
a far more radical place than the corporate filmmakers behind this film
intended, and help to bring thousands of new people to the anarchist
movement. We thank you for your consideration and look forward to
hearing from you.

For Anarchy,


(an ad hoc collective on individual members of groups like New York
Metro Anarchist Alliance, NEFAC, Wetlands Activism Collective,
Freegan.info, Students for A Democratic Society, Libertad Skool
Collective and other groups)
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