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(en) US, Philadelphia, 2 upcoming defenestrator* fundraisers: Cop Shorts and La Commune

Date Wed, 03 Jan 2007 23:48:58 +0200

The defenestrator crew is getting a new issue together and as usual the fight against capitalism needs money! Please join us for at least one ofthese 2 events. They are fundraisers, so please bring what you can. We need to raise some $600 by the end of February to print next issue. And those of you interested in working with us, here's your chance!
So without further ado: *Saturday, January 6th* *Cop Shorts*
This Saturday join the defenestrator and the Hot Chocolate society for a night of cinematic taunting, poking fun at those armed protectors of property, privilege, dominant social relationships and of course the rich: the police.
> Expect: Reno 911, a classic LSD episode of Dragnet ninjas the Mascott, Hot Chocolate and more
6pm at Firehouse Bikes, upstairs at 50th and Baltimore -- flyer: http://defenestrator.org/?q=node/1003

and next week: WWLMD

Sunday, January 14th:
La Commune
brunch and movie at LAVA*

Join us for Peter Watkins' 6 hour independent media reportage of the Paris Commune.

We'll be eating a Commune inspired brunch, and of course asking ourselves in earnest: What Would Louise Michel Do?

Feel free to sit through the entire 6 hour film or just drop in for a snack. We promise a phenomenal cornucopia of vegetarian and vegan delicacies. There will also be delicious homebrew and other goodies.

11AM till night time at LAVA, 4134 Lancaster Ave. (lavazone.org)


for an old defenestrator article on the commune and Louise Michel see: http://defenestrator.org/communards

some snippets from the reviews:

For the film LA COMMUNE we travel back in time to 1871. A journalist for Versailles Television broadcasts a soothing and official view of events while a Commune television is set up to provide the perspectives of the Paris rebels. On a stage-like set, more than 200 actors interpret characters of the Commune, especially the Popincourt neighborhood in the XIth arrondissement. They voice their own thoughts and feelings concerning the social and political reforms. The telling of this story rests primarily on depicting the people of the Commune, and those who suppressed them.

Deliberately, this film is an attempt to challenge existing notions of documentary film, as well as the notions of 'neutrality' and 'objectivity' so beloved by the mass media today. The film is not intended as an apologia on behalf of the Paris Commune. But at the same time, it attempts to show that the Paris Commune, for all its human frailty, its internal conflicts and its blundering, was an event of major importance, not least because of the way in which its leading reformers tried to work with social process, by a direct involvement with the community and its needs.

"An intellectually challenging and tremendously moving experience, as history replayed among its contemporary ruins. Watkins builds to the long and cataclysmic Bloody Week of street fighting... But, this impressive sequence notwithstanding, LA COMMUNE is meant to evoke the unfamiliar sensation of revolutionary euphoria, or living (and dying) in a sacred time."?J. Hoberman, Village Voice

"Stunning. Peter Watkins's approach to history is to make its representation coincide with reflection on it, to film, together with the re-enactment, the idea - what history means for us today. As you watch LA COMMUNE, it becomes impossible and senseless to distinguish between present and representation. The film becomes a lucid dream: history as reinvented by and for the living."?Boston Phoenix

"The energy, conviction and skill with which the players of LA COMMUNE perform is startling. So genuine is the force of their passion that at moments you feel they might be about to erupt and carry the revolt live into the auditorium..."?Peter Lennon, The Guardian

"A thought-provoking and moving tribute to the desire for a better world. The film's unconventional approach to history provides a unique and rewarding glimpse into a process of great interest to historians: that of collective, revolutionary action... The insight the film provides into the process of social change invites reflection both on the state of the world today and on the process of historical change on part of the viewer... A valuable teaching tool."?H-France Reviews

"Invigorating... big, passionate and brimming with compelling human details and broad sociopolitical idealism... LA COMMUNE is powerful, heady stuff."?Variety
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we generally derive our ideas from an anarchist or autonomist tradition,
which proposes a revolutionary transformation of society, the abolition of
property and of all hierarchies and coercive power. To replace it we want
a network of federated autonomous communities, organizations and individuals
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