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(en) UK Solidarity Federation - DA #27 - Informed Dissent Video CD

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Mon, 23 Jun 2003 11:36:48 +0200 (CEST)

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Organisations or broadcasters requiring a full resolution copy on DV
or BetacamSP of any video, contact Undercurrents Archive by E-mail
underc@gn.apc.org or Tel. 01865 203661.
Undercurrents works on tiny budgets and all donations of video or
computer equipment, padded envelopes, messages or offers of free
CD duplication greatly appreciated.
This is an unusual item - a compilation Video CD with footage of
anti-war actions, music videos and Noam Chomsky interviews,
totalling 13 tracks, and an hour and a quarter of running time. In short,
it sounds great, and it lives up to the prospect. The Chomsky
interviews don’t make smashing viewing (unless watching
Chomsky talking does it for you), but the audio is Chomsky’s
usual clear and concise dismantling of western propaganda.

Obviously, you have to have a PC to view the CD, and I found that the
interspersing of the more visual films, such as the demo at RAF
Fairford, with Chomsky interviews was fine on paper but didn’t
work so well in reality. It might have been better to put all the less
visual stuff – i.e. the Chomsky interviews, together, and the
actions together, so that you can listen to several Chomsky pieces or
watch several actions. However, this is a picky point, as the PC
format means navigation is dead easy, and it is the content which
really matters, which is excellent. The sound levels vary, but the
quality of video and sound overall is excellent considering the
problems of getting outdoor action footage.

In other words, this is not one of those benefit CDs that you get and
then realise you might as well have given a donation. While some of
the events covered will date slightly, there is plenty to extend its
shelf-life, and once you’ve watched the lot, you can pass it on.
Definitely in the long shelf-life category is the 21-minute award
winning documentary ‘Globalisation and the Media’, which is
also included in the CD.

There is no real, solid, creative politics – I guess the ultimate CD
would have the analysis, the actions and a coherent set of ideas about
how we might organise to make our informed dissent part of a
long-term strategy to replace capitalism. Still, two out of three
ain’t half bad, and this is a seriously inspirational piece of circular

Video CD
£6.50 from Peace News, 5 Caledonian Rd, London N1 9DY
(You are invited to borrow one and copy it. All sales profits from the
glossy version go into anti-war work.)

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